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Doug Pace, left, embarks from Diamond Head Park in Bemidji Friday afternoon along with Outdoor Program Center employee Jerry Smith. Pace, 52, of North Bay, Ontario, is legally blind and plans to kayak all the way from Bemidji to the Gulf of Mexico by himself. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Legally blind kayaker going down Mississippi solo

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BEMIDJI -- Doug Pace had wanted some adventure in his life.

"I'd always wanted to do something big," the North Bay, Ontario, native said.


Kayaking the Mississippi River solo certainly qualifies. Especially considering he's legally blind.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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