Dad and sons paddle around Lake Superior

Aug. 10, 2011 at 3:30 AM

HAZELHURST, Wis., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin man said he and his sons, ages 14, 12 and 10, completed a 1,600-mile journey around Lake Superior by kayak in 72 days.

Joe Bodewes, 45, of Hazelhurst said he and sons Will, 14, Luke, 12, and Noah, 10, set out from Black River Harbor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in May and returned to the location two weeks ahead of schedule, The (Ironwood, Mich.) Daily Globe reported Tuesday.

Bodewes said the two older boys each had their own kayaks while Noah rode with his father. He said the trip raised money for children in Tanzania with human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS.

The father said he and his sons averaged 20 to 25 miles per day.

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