Archive for June, 2014

Self portrait at the end of Lake Ontario circumnavigation. (Plenty of time for photography since he had to wait three days for a ride home!)

Self portrait at the end of the 2013 Lake Ontario circumnavigation. (Plenty of time for photography since he had to wait three days for a ride home!)

 

I know it’s hard to tell if Stephen finished or not, since we left him somewhere west of Toronto last summer. After embarking on July 14, 2013, he completed the trip around Lake Ontario on August 29, 2013. It was the fastest trip yet, the shortest coastline to paddle, but this lake took a toll. The paddler was quite sick when I arrived three days after he landed at the campground that he had started from 46 days earlier. He began to get sick during the second week of August, and paddled through serious pain and fatigue during the last week of his trip.

 

Ghostly scene from last paddling day on Lake Ontario.

Ghostly scene from last paddling day on Lake Ontario.

 

Stowing the gear.

Stowing the gear.

 

His condition worsened over the next six weeks while we saw doctors, had tests and tried several antibiotics for a serious leg infection. Finally, he tested positive for Lyme disease, and within a week of the right treatment was began to feel better. It took months for his strength and energy to return to pre-illness levels, but apparently it happened, because he is days away from launching his well-traveled Kruger canoe onto the frigid waters of Lake Superior!