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80-year-old man canoes down Mississippi River

THEBES, IL (KFVS) -

An 80-year-old man canoeing down the Mississippi River stopped in Thebes on Thursday.

The Greybeard Adventurer, Dale Sanders, is trying to set a world record for paddling his canoe from source to source on the mighty Mississippi River from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to its confluence with the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, Louisiana in 80 days.  

He's doing it to try to raise money to fight juvenile diabetes for his great-niece Anna, who he named his canoe after.

Anna has had juvenile diabetes since she was 4.

Dale stopped in Thebes, Illinois for some rest and a meal. 

Unfortunately, there wasn't anywhere in Thebes to get something to eat, but he ran into someone who had been to the store and she supplied bologna, bananas and pastry to fortify Dale and his partner Richard Sojourner so they can keep going on downriver.

Dale likes to call the people he meets on his travels that provide encouragement his "river angels" and he was really glad he ran into this particular "river angel" in Thebes. 

Even though Dale is 80 years old, he likes to say he is a feisty 40-year-old times two.

You can follow his adventures at waterslesstraveled.com. You can also find out how to donate money at his website to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes.

Hear from Dale about his journey and what it's like being on the river while it's overflowing it's banks.

Dale also explains he deals with all the rain we've been getting lately tonight on Heartland News. 

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