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Local kayaker to reflect on trip in Tuesday evening talk

Monday, January 13, 2014 | 5:08 p.m. CST; updated 7:29 p.m. CST, Monday, January 13, 2014

COLUMBIA — Kayaker Janet Moreland will speak at the Les Bourgeois Vineyard Bistro in Rocheport on Tuesday evening, sharing highlights from her solo trip down the length of the Missouri River.

The 7 p.m. talk will center on relationships with the river, people and wildlife she experienced. She began on April 24 at the source of the Missouri River in Montana and finished Dec. 5 at the Gulf of Mexico, becoming the first woman and American to achieve the feat.

Moreland said her presentation, part of the Big Muddy Speaker Series sponsored by Missouri River Relief and Friends of Big Muddy, will touch on her desire to involve young people in river issues and advocate for outdoor education and environmental stewardship.

"We're expecting a lot of people to attend," said Jeff Barrow, Missouri River Relief director.

The event is free. Reservations for dinner at Les Bourgeois Vineyard Bistro are required for those arriving before the presentation.

"The trip was really all about relationships with my friends, my community here, the other paddlers along the river, the river angels along the way and also the wildlife in the river itself," Moreland said.


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