After gaining international acclaim in 2009 for his victory in the Yukon 1000 – the world’s longest canoe race, Rod Price was looking forward to the next challenge, the Ultimate Florida Challenge, a 1,200 mile small-boat circumnavigation of the Florida peninsula in thirty days or less.
The first leg of the race is the Everglades Challenge which is the first 300 miles of the Ultimate Challenge. Racers facing 2-3 foot seas in the Gulf of Mexico and 25 mph headwinds took its toll, losing almost 3/4ths of the racers in the Everglades Challenge and 2/3rds of Ultimate Challenge racers which is why many consider it to be the toughest small-boat race worldwide.
Rod’s passion for canoeing is equal to his love of nature and exploring the places he travels. As in his first book, Racing to the Yukon, Rod tells some of the hidden history of the places he paddled around in his home state of Florida.
Follow Rod’s amazing journey around the state as he paddles his Superior expedition canoe in the blistering Florida sunshine, against outgoing tides, primitive camping on unknown shorelines, wildlife encounters, and a forty-mile portage across 140° asphalt highway that threatens to end his race.
Rod’s canoe racing career spans over 30 years with more than 200 first place wins but can Rod become the first canoer to complete North America’s two longest paddling races?