Friends of The Voyage

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  1. Tyler mansfield says:

    Over the past 26 years I have had the privilege of seeing and hearing Keith say and do the strangest things. This might top them all. This takes being a history buff to a new level. Keith is the type of person that once he puts his mind to something there is no stopping him. Wishing you the a safe and epic trip.

  2. Keith says:

    Thank you Tyler for your words of encouragement.

  3. Patrick says:

    Ole man river…..ole man river….taking me back to newwwwww Orleans.
    hope 98% of the journey goes as planned.
    I wish I could go along. that is probably not true, but a nice thought anyway.

  4. Sean W says:

    In the game of Keith ideas/adventures “fact or fiction”, I would have lost this round… Epic is often overused but this adventure may redefine the meaning.

    Best of luck, keep safe, always split 10s, filter your water, if you encounter a bear punch it in the nose (wait, that might be advice for a shark), don’t chase a two-outer if not in position, and in the words of Lt. Dan keep your feet dry and have pair of fresh socks handy.

    I look forward to following your progress and updates along the way.

    What will be the grooming style, going Grizzly Adams/2013 Red Sox and letting it go wild or keeping the 9-5 look?

  5. Tiffany Hartmann says:

    Okay, Merriweather, take care of yourself and watch for bears. I am following you like a virtual hawk.

  6. Larry says:

    Any progress today?

  7. Patrick says:

    kemosabe, the trackers are not responding yet……something must have happen to them…should we send out a search party??????

  8. Bill says:

    Tracking stopped 45 minutes into the voyage. Canoe tumped over and tracker lost???

  9. Kevin says:

    Feels very Apollo 13ish. I hope he remembered some duct tape…

  10. Mike says:

    Don’t worry folks, I talked to Kieth around noon by phone and everything is a-ok. He’s about 25 miles out of Three Forks, Mt and in good spirits as far as I could tell. I’ll be joining him at the headwaters of the Missouri River on my own canoe trek to St. Louis sometime tomorrow. I’m also from the DFW area so if I can keep up I might just bother him the whole way home.

  11. Michael says:

    Great trip you have ahead of you. I 2008 I paddled from Illinois to New Orleans on the Mississippi; wonderful adventure.

    I’ll be following you with interest. You’ll meet a bunch if nice people, see some amazing views, and earn quite a story. I live in Dallas, so I might just see you when you get here.

  12. Keith is making good progress on his dream journey across the American Heartland from North (Twin Bridges Montana) to South (Louisiana and finally Texas). He is currently traveling at 2.5 mph, at an elevation of 3305 ft above sea level, Lat. 47.47, Lon. 111.31, on a heading of North by Northeast. His progress has taken him a total of 258 miles as of 6/16/2014. Now at that breakneck speed let’s stop for a minute and do the math, 13 days since the big launch/258 miles = 19.84 miles per day, 4,000 mile trip/19.84 miles = 203.5 days to reach Dallas, that’s 6.8 months, so he should be there by December 23, 2013 barring any unforeseen delays or catastrophes. Keep up the pace Keith you are on track for Christmas at home with family and loved ones. God Speed

  13. “Many dreams come true and some have silver linings. I live for my dreams and a pocket full of gold. Mellow is the man who knows what he’s been missing. Many, many men can’t see the open road.” – Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
    Hey Keith,
    Sean mentioned your adventure to me & I gotta say I’m pretty jealous. I wish I were there paddling right along with you, it looks and sounds like an amazing trip! Even though you are a long way “over the hills and far away” from here, I wish you safe travels, mostly mellow with just enough adversity to make it memorable and to keep it interesting. I’m sure your pockets will be filled with enough memories to last you a life time that will be as good as gold, after you shake the river silt out of them.
    How’s you’re a$$ and arms holding up so far after all those miles already? I’m curious what you’re doing for food along the way, did you pack a lot or are you fishing as you go? I’m wondering if you have food caches lined up ahead of you or if you plan to make enough stops along the way to replenish? That’s a pretty impressive distance you’re travelling!
    Stay safe and have fun, watch out for those skeeters and go get yourself a double-dough Domino’s pizza when you’re through kid, you’ll probably need it after all those miles. I’ll check back in on your trip from time to time and wish you the best! Give us a shout next time you’re in MA. Maybe we’ll take the canoe out, that is if you’re arms haven’t fallen off from paddling by then.
    “Life’s a trip, enjoy it!”

  14. Donald Zinter says:

    Now 17 days into the trip Keith is loosing ground, at 13 days he was averaging 19.84 miles per day, (not bad for a mere novice), at 17 days into the trip his average progress has droped off to a mere 19.0 miles per day (rounded up, actual is 18.88). Keith you need to paddle more and sight see less if you want to be home for Christmas, so lets get the lead out and put the paddle to the water and make some headway.

  15. Michael Callaway says:

    Vicki, James (age 4 first concert ever), Olivia and I had a great time at Def Leppard/Kiss. You wanted the best, you got the best! While Keith was sleeping with the cows we were out rocking and rolling all night, and going to work the very next day

  16. Ben says:

    You are the man. Seriously.

  17. Matt Rounds says:

    How early do you wake up in the mornings?

  18. Levi Acton says:

    Today was a typical Sunday until I met Keith who came to webers river lot to camp for the night. I have to say he is the most interesting man I have ever met and I have the upmost respect for him. I listened to his stories of his adventure like a little kid in awe. Me Keith and Kelby kicked back and had a few cold ones and he fit in like an old friend. I feel honored to have met Keith and it takes pure guts to do what he’s doing. And to you Keith, Kelby and I had a blast with you man there is beautiful country out there that you just can’t put a price on and most won’t get to see what your was a pleasure to meet you

    Sincerely, Levi

  19. Michael Callaway says:

    Well, I guess being on a Canoe and drafting for fantasy football do not go hand in hand. According to Yahoo this is what they said about Keith’s team.

    “After Some Early Gambles, areyoulongthepats? Obviously Hates Winning”

    Later on they said

    “Picking 12th, areyoulongthepats? built a team that probably isn’t even worth talking about. It wouldn’t be fair to give the good teams a recap and not the bad ones, though, so here goes. They are expected to finish 11th in Metroplex Premier League 2014 League with a record of 1-11-1 (1,190 points). RB depth won’t be the issue this season as areyoulongthepats? loaded up, drafting Giovani Bernard (12th overall), Alfred Morris (13th), and Ryan Mathews (36th) with their first three selections. Despite that strategy, they ended up with one of the lowest-scoring groups of RBs in the league.”

    Of course, last year Yahoo hated your wife’s team and she won the whole thing. Either way, glad to have you there on Saturday

  20. Donald Zinter says:

    At 7:00 am pacific standard time on October 7th, it looks like Keith is on the Red River and quite a distance from Alexandria La., with nothing but remote wilderness between him and civilization. However he seems to be paddeling his butt off, making an astonishing 3.1 mph, you would think he is being chased by a gater.

  21. Donald Zinter says:

    October 8th, 2014, 10:45 am Pacific time, looks like Keith will make Brouillette, LA at some point today. Brouillette is a populated place located in Avoyelles Parish at latitude 31.212 and longitude -92.022. The elevation is 56 feet. Brouillette appears on the Marksville North U.S. Geological Survey Map. Avoyelles Parish is in the Central Time Zone. It is on the Red River approx. 38 river miles SE of Alexandria LA. You can tell by the description above just how desolate the are is where he is currently paddling

  22. Donald Zinter says:

    October 13th, 201, 10:00 am pacific time, 4 Keith is currently at someones house just off Fairview Drive in Pinevill LA., quite some distance from the Red River. He must have had a weekend rondavue with the bride to celebrate their 15th wedding anaversary (how romantic is that) You Rock Keith. 
    Pineville is a city in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is adjacent to the city of Alexandria, and is part of that city’s Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 14,555 at the 2010 census. It had been 13,829 in 2000; population hence grew by 5 percent over the preceding decade. The Central Louisiana State Hospital, the Pinecrest Supports and Services Center, the Huey P. Long Memorial Hospital, the Alexandria Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the Alexandria National Cemetery are all located in Pineville. Pineville is also home to several large non-government employers including Baker Manufacturing Inc., Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Co., Crest Industries, LLC, and Dresser Industrial Valve, Inc. Pineville is located at 31°20′20″N 92°24′45″W31.33889°N 92.41250°W (31.338781, -92.412485). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.1 square miles (31.3 km²), of which 11.5 square miles (29.7 km²) is land and 0.6 square mile (1.6 km²) (4.97%) is water.

  23. Donald Zinter says:

    Now hear this all friends of the voyage who are following Keith’s journey and are unaware of his growing fame and rock star status. Check out or and type in Keith Lynch under search and see for yourself how famous he has become, I mean the Dude is now appearing on television. How cool is that!!

  24. Donald Zinter says:

    October 21st, 2014, At a whopping 1.9 mph Keith is making his way through Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisana on his way to Dallas. Looks like a shoe in for spending Thanksgiving with family and loved ones, and sharing tales of his marvelous adventure. Go Keith, “You Rule”.

  25. Sidra Ellison says:

    Hi there cousin Keith! I’m enjoying your adventure from afar. My mom was so excited to tell me about this. Amazing!

  26. don says:

    I’ve been following your progress since i saw the story on the Shreveport news 10-21. This is the most awesome story I’ve heard. I just can’t believe the Dallas news hasn’t been following you. Your story deserves to be told so more folks can know of your triumph. Look forward to seeing your arrival in Dallas.

  27. Michael Callaway says:

    I sent an e-mail to the local NBC 5 yesterday

  28. Don says:

    I contacted the Paris news paper this morning and told them about Keith’s journey. Told them he’s from Dallas and was just passing through. They said they might try to get someone out to get pictures of him to run with a story in the paper there.

  29. Donald Zinter says:

    Well Keith has decided to spend the night with one of his groupies in Arthur City Texas. Here are some interesting facts about Arthur City that I bet you didn’t know;
    Arthur City is on the Red River at the intersection of Farm Road 197 and U.S. Highway 271 in extreme north central Lamar County. The town was founded by Capt. J. G. C. Arthur in 1886 as a stop on the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway. Arthur donated the land for the railroad right-of-way and had it platted into twelve blocks. The post office was established that same year. By 1890 Arthur City had 300 residents, three general stores, a Western Union telegraph office, a blacksmith shop, a furniture maker, and an undertaker. J. H. Arthur was postmaster. In 1892 a new hotel, a doctor’s office, and a sawmill were established. A common school had been organized by 1896, when it enrolled twenty-five pupils and employed one teacher. The most prosperous years for the town were the early railroad days, when lumber resources were untapped and prices for farm produce were high. By 1904, however, the local timber supply was becoming exhausted, and many residents began to leave the vicinity in search of other jobs, particularly in cities such as nearby Dallas. In 1914 most commercial enterprises in Arthur City had closed, leaving the telegraph office, a grocery, a telephone exchange, and two general stores. Residents numbered 150. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the town had five businesses and 200 residents. By 1943 it had a population of 100 and three businesses. The school had closed by 1957, and local students attended school in the Chicota Independent School District. In 1959 the population was sixty.

  30. Tony Martin says:

    Awesome trip. Sure wish i would have known about this a long time bacl because i would have followed really close. Moght have canoed along for a portion of the red river from lake texoma to Gainesville.

  31. Chris Mansfield says:

    “Just one more night and I’m coming off this long and winding (river). I’m on my way….. home sweet home. Hellyeah Keith!!!!!!!!!!!

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