Homecoming planned for Columbia kayaker

Thursday, September 12, 2013 | 6:39 p.m. CDT
Janet Moreland floats down the Missouri River on March 31. Moreland left for her kayak trip down the Missouri River on April 14 from the source of the river in Brower's Spring, Mont. The trip, about 2,300 miles, was expected to take her 3 1/2 months.

COLUMBIA — For months, Janet Moreland has braved the unknown on her kayak voyage down the length of the Missouri River. The Columbia resident will glide into the familiar Cooper's Landing on Monday, opting to spend a few days at home.

The solo trip started in April at the mouth of the river in Brower's Spring, Mont., and the first portion of the trip will end in St. Louis, where the Missouri and Mississippi rivers meet. From there, she'll continue down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Moreland reached downtown Kansas City on Sept. 11, according to a news release.

When reached by phone Thursday, she said she was floating through Napoleon, Mo., upstream from Lexington, Mo.

Moreland has chronicled the trip and sought sponsorships and donations. 

According to her website, there are three reasons behind the voyage: to become the first woman to paddle the 2,300-mile river, to inspire her middle school students to dream big and follow through with their goals, and to publicize the river and encourage others to care for it.

Details of Moreland's Monday arrival were not immediately available. When contacted for an interview, Moreland said she wasn't available to talk in-depth about her trip.

"I have to get back to paddling," she said.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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