Obsession. Verlen was truly obsessed with paddling. Noticed after his tandem canoe trip with Clint he was in solo canoes from there forward. They were not exactly getting along during that trip. I would agree with Sweetfancymoses this was a truly epic canoe journey but it is begginers play for his journeys that followed.
About 4 years ago when I finished the rout of the Kruger Waddell challenge I was surprised to meet Clint Waddell and his wife. His wife had done many far north canoe trips with Clint and describes one of them. I enjoyed talking to them. Anyone wanting to do this rout should check out the “Minnesota Border Challenge” on the watertribe.com web site. I have done it twice.