Strong winds delay kayaker on Columbia River

  • Sat May 12th, 2012 2:50pm
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Associated Press

MOSIER, Ore. — Strong winds are delaying a Japanese kayaker’s 2,500-mile journey on the Columbia River.

The Tri-City Herald reports 42-year-old Ryota Yamada was forced to seek shelter on shore at Mosier, Ore., almost a month into his summer paddle.

The 42-year-old Tokyo man left Kennewick in his sea kayak in mid-April. He was hoping to complete the first leg of a 10,000-mile adventure across the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea before foul weather arrives later this year.

Yamada said Friday that strong winds have forced his delay.

Yamada has been preparing for two years to make a kayak journey he hopes will prove that ancestors from Japan could have paddled to North America thousands of years ago.

He is traveling alone, carrying all his survival gear in a 20-foot-long sea kayak.