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Founded in 2007 by Canadian self-propelled adventurer Rod Wellington, Zero Emissions Expeditions (ZEE) passionately promotes the practice of low impact, long distance, self-powered exploration.

Since 1997, Rod Wellington has bicycled more than 25,000km, including continental crossings of North America and Australia. Rod has also logged over 13,000km of river travel, including source-to-sea descents of the Mississippi River (USA), the Murray River (Australia) and the Missouri-Mississippi river system (USA).

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First Canadian (and first North American) to kayak the Missouri-Mississippi river system from source to sea

On April 2, 2013, Rod Wellington became the first Canadian (and first North American) to kayak the Missouri-Mississippi river system from source to sea, a distance of 3800 miles/6100km. The solo journey took 256 days to complete. Australian paddler Mark Kalch is the only other person to successfully kayak the Missouri-Mississippi river system from source to sea. Kalch completed his descent in October 2012.

The Missouri-Mississippi river system is the longest river system in North America and the 4th longest in the world.

Rod’s arrival at the Gulf of Mexico in April marked the completion of Stage One of his Magnificent Seven Expedition, a personal quest to descend the longest river system on each continent from source to sea using only human-powered transportation (on foot, kayak and raft). He estimates it will take 15 years to complete the project. Rod plans to write a book about each of the seven journeys.

On December 28, 2012, Rod became the first Canadian (and first North American) to kayak the Missouri River from source to mouth, a distance of 2600 miles/4200km. He then continued paddling down the Mississippi River, reaching the Gulf of Mexico in April. The Missouri is North America’s longest river. In 2010, he kayaked Australia’s longest river, the Murray, from source to sea, a distance of 1525miles/2450km. Rod plans to return to Australia to descend the Darling-Murray river system from source to sea as part of his Magnificent Seven Expedition.

The Magnificent Seven Expedition

A quest to paddle, from source to sea, the longest river system on each of the world’s seven continents

Missouri-Mississippi River System

Stage One: North America – Missouri-Mississippi river system

Beginning in June 2012, Canadian self-propelled adventurer Rod Wellington will embark on a grand-sized, multi-stage, decade-spanning journey that will see him descend six of the world’s longest river systems from source to sea as well as one very short, very cold river in Antarctica. Rod’s epic quest will take him to each of the world’s seven continents, where, as part of a team or going it alone, he will search out the humble beginnings of each continent’s longest river system and follow its winding course to its respective saltwater merger. Using human power alone, Rod plans to travel on foot, raft and kayak, covering each metre of every river without the aid of motorized transport. Along the way, the Magnificent Seven Expedition is sure to present Rod with an unending array of mental, physical and logistical challenges – all duly balanced by a healthy surplus of satisfying successes and profound personal insights. Sharing these insights and experiences with the public through multi-media presentations will be one of the many ongoing facets of the Magnificent Seven Expedition. read more

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Use the ZEE Tracker to pinpoint Rod’s position on the river.

Weekly updates from the river will appear on the ZEE Blog.

My good friend Kelly Armstrong has been hard at work designing a website for

the Magnificent Seven Expedition. Check it out here.

Jesse’s Walk 2013

A 5.5km fundraising walk to help give schoolchildren access to safety programs at the
Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village

When: Saturday, October 19, 2013 – 11am–1pm
Where: Centennial Park, Talbot Street East, Blenheim, Ontario

On September 9, 2011, 14-year-old Jesse Nealey was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Talbot Street in Blenheim, Ontario. The following day Jesse died as a result of injuries sustained from that tragic accident.

Every year in Canada, approximately 115 children die as a result of pedestrian injuries. By combining skill-building safety courses for bicyclists with heightened awareness by motorists, many unfortunate injuries and deaths can be prevented.

The Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village offers outstanding safety awareness programs to local schoolchildren. These programs promote farm, fire, electrical and pedestrian-related safety awareness. The Bicycle Safety Program teaches Grade 4 students important hands-on cycling skills. The overall cost for a full day of programs is $75 per student. By enabling more children to enroll in these well-structured and well-presented programs, our collective peace of mind as a community is sure to flourish.

Each October, on the Saturday closest to Jesse Nealey’s birthdate (October 21, 1996), a fundraising walk is held in Chatham-Kent to raise awareness of road-related safety and to honour the memory of a young man who contributed greatly to his community. All proceeds from the walk are donated to the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village in Jesse Nealey’s name. The donations help ensure that schoolchildren have access to safety programs.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of Chatham-Kent citizens, the two previous walks (2011 and 2012) raised a total of $10,050, enough to help 135 schoolchildren benefit greatly from safety programs at the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village. This year, walk organizers are hoping to surpass the amount raised in 2012. In order to do that, we need your help.

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Do your part today.”

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