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Kayakers trek Mighty Mississippi raising money for wounded veterans

(WMC-TV) - The idea of taking a trip down the Mississippi River has worldwide appeal. In fact, a group from England is kayaking the entire length of the river.

The group took a short break in Memphis, but embarked once again on the Mighty Mississippi in an effort to raise money for wounded soldiers.

"We started our trip 62 days ago at the source of the Mississippi up in Minnesota," said Matt Fraser. "We've been paddling between 60 to 70 miles a day."

They are raising money for an organization that helps wounded veterans in the United Kingdom. Their 1,500 mile trek is called The Mississippi Challenge 2013.

"We're not used to the weather you guys throw at us. The storms you give out, they're pretty. We're not used to the rain that hurts you when it actually hits your body," said Fraser.

The group did make a stop in Memphis, in fact, they enjoyed the hospitality so much they stayed in the Bluff City for three days.

"Memphis is one of those cities where a lot of things have happened. It's quite amazing to go around to the Civil Rights Museum, Sun Studios, those places," said Sam Norman. "It was pretty good fun and Beale Street, it's nice to have a party when you've been gone so long."

So far, the men have raised $25,000 and cannot wait to hit the Gulf of Mexico.

"Yeah we're going to taste the salt in the gulf," added Harry Hogg.

It is an adventure the three will not forget: paddling the entire Mississippi River, raising money for wounded troops, and making memories.

To see more photos and track their progress, click here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mississippi-Challenge-2013/157997484311756?ref=stream

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