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N. Ky. man looking to boat his way into a new world record

A northern Kentucky man is embarking on a journey to boat his way into the Guinness Book of World Records. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A northern Kentucky man is embarking on a journey to boat his way into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Marc Phelps from Crestview Hills is setting off on a three-week trip down the Ohio River to Mobile, Alabama. The goal is to break the world record of the longest trip in a jon boat, which is 727 miles. Phelps, however, says he wants to go farther than that.

“I want to crush it and go close to 1,700 miles,” he said.

Phelps said he started thinking about the trip two years ago, but he just started getting serious about it a few months ago. He left the Tri-State Saturday at 11 a.m. His first stop will be 50 miles down river at Craig's Creek near Warsaw, Kentucky.

“I’ve toured on a motorcycle for two weeks, so this is luxury; I can fit a lot more stuff on [the boat] than I can my motorcycle,” Phelps said.

When asked what he's going to eat for three weeks on the river without a camp stove, Phelps said he's keeping it simple: canned food, fruits, vegetables, beef jerky and trail bars.

“I’m going to keep it simple, not be hung up on that stuff. Really just enjoy it," he said.

After Phelps docks in Mobile, there will be an after party for him in New Orleans.

You can follow Phelps' journey on his website.


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