In a few hours Brett Merchant will start the last leg of his epic journey from the source of the Murray River to the sea.
On 9 April 2013 Brett rediscovered the source of the Murray River. A day later he was in his kayak and paddling towards the ocean. Today, sixty-five days later he will get his long-awaited taste of salt water.
This if a feat of endurance and tenacity, and even without any serious white water there are few who dare to take on a challenge of this scale.
The Murray River is Australia’s longest river. It rises in the Australian Alps from where it travels for 3,750 kilometres (2,330 mile) (2520 kilometers according to murrayriver.com) in a generally Western direction past the towns of Wodonga, Albury, Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura, Renmark and opens into the ocean after passing through lake Alexandria south of Adelaide. It spans three states, has four major dams, sixteen storage weirs, 15 navigable locks and is the third largest water catchment on earth.
You can read Brett’s diary on his facebook page, where you will also get the last few progress updates if you are quick.
If you live close to the river mouth, go check out his ocean entry and cheer him on during his last few forward strokes!
Photos courtesy Brett Merchant. With a bit of luck we will convince him to write a short account of his journey for trailblazerguide.com
Post by Franz Fuls