Dragging his canoe over the Chilcotin Highway, British Columbia, April 10
To first hit a navigable waterway, the pair had to drag their canoes 625 miles over the Continental Divide. It was only then, once they hit the powerful rivers on the eastern slope, when Jackson came to the belated realization that Ranta is not an expert paddler. He’s just a guy who decided one day to canoe across the country, addressing issues as they come up — or not. His inflatable life jacket deployed early in the trip, and so far he hasn’t bothered to get a replacement CO2 cartridge. “I think Mike is much more of a blind-faith kind of person,” says Jackson.
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