St. Louis (KSDK) - It stretches more than 23-hundred miles, touches ten states and traveling from the headwaters to the Gulf demands both physical and mental toughness -- especially when winter comes early.
A 30 year-old Englishman is attempting to canoe the length of the Mississippi to raise money for a children's hospital back in his home town of Gloucester.
Kevin Brady thought he'd be done with the trip by now and home in time for Christmas. But a back injury just nine days into his trip put him about a month behind schedule and allowed the cold weather to catch him.
He is taking a break in St. Louis for a few days but says he is determined to finish the trip for those he hopes to help.
"The biggest thing it's done is given me an unbelievably strong faith in humanity," says Brady of trip that he says has challenged him both physically and mentally.
"The people of America have taken me in. For the last month I've hardly camped at all. I'm just turning up in little river towns, walking into a bar, asking for a cup of tea in an English accent... and within twenty minutes I'm invited back to a house and I've got a meal and a bed."
So far Kevin has raised more than $2,000 and his goal keeps increasing.
You can learn more about his trip and the money he hopes to raise here.