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.
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!