Strong winds are delaying a Japanese kayaker's 2,500-mile journey on the Columbia River.
Strong winds are delaying a Japanese kayaker’s 2,500-mile journey on the Columbia River.
The Tri-City Herald ( http://is.gd/YOGwco) reports 42-year-old Ryota Yamada was forced to seek shelter on shore at Mosier, Ore., almost a month into his summer paddle.
The 42-year-old Tokyo man left Kennewick in his sea kayak in mid-April. He was hoping to complete the first leg of a 10,000-mile adventure across the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea before foul weather arrives later this year.
Yamada said Friday that strong winds have forced his delay.
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Yamada has been preparing for two years to make a kayak journey he hopes will prove that ancestors from Japan could have paddled to North America thousands of years ago.
He is traveling alone, carrying all his survival gear in a 20-foot-long sea kayak.
Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com