Paddling and pedaling across the country; Canadian launches educational adventure

ERIC BARKER Lewiston Tribune

For Thorin Loeks, adventures are all about living in the moment, appreciating the little things and meeting new people.

The 31-year-old from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, passed through the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley recently during an epic cross-country journey. He arrived by canoe on Aug. 17 and left via bicycle en route from Astoria, Oregon, to the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s not his first long-distance, human-powered trek. He previously paddled from Lake Itasca, the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico and has biked from Astoria to Portland, Maine.

He started this journey May 22 and paddled up the Columbia River before taking a right turn at the Tri-Cities and heading up the Snake River. He battled high spring flows on the lower Columbia, portaged around the eight dams on the two rivers and, lately, sweated through a string of days with temperatures that shot well past 100 degrees. But he leans into the hardships of the trip and the lessons they bring.

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“It feels like it just helps me grow. It makes me appreciate the little things even more,” he said.

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