(WMC-TV) – Along the cobble stones of the Mississippi River bank, a group of miracle workers bid farewell to Utah kayaker David Stewart.
Monday, Stewart docked his kayak near the Auction Street Bridge to buy supplies inland.
When he came back, it was gone.
"It's a Memphis miracle. Nothing like this has ever happened to me. My whole life," said Stewart. "I felt I was going to go home a failure not completing my goal," he explained.
The goal: To kayak the length of the Mighty Mississippi and on to Costa Rica.
When Outdoors, Inc. learned Stewart was stranded, they got the word out, and people donated from as far as California. Outdoors Inc. gave Stewart a new kayak.
"Everybody, from Mayor AC Wharton, to people coming in and dropping off $5," stated Andy King with Outdoors, Inc. "We wanted to turn this negative into a positive story," King added.
"Anybody from Memphis that wants to visit, just get in touch with me if you go to St. George, Utah and you've got a place to stay," Stewart stated.
Stewart expects his journey to take one year. And if you can't go to Utah, you just might see Stewart back in the Bluff City.
"Absolutely. I'm going to get married here. I'm going to find a girl and get married here," said Stewart.
Stewart broke in his new kayak Saturday morning, and his journey resumed.
"All right you guys. The ride is just as important as the destination," Stewart said.