“Mississippi Mermaid” paddling down the Mississippi River in hopes of setting Guinness World Record

Louisiana News

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The “Mississippi Mermaid” will be paddling through Baton Rouge this Tuesday on her journey to set the Guinness World Record for fastest female solo paddler on the Mississippi River.

Traci Lynn Martin, a nurse from Kansas City, MO, has been paddling for years. She has accumulated over 3,200 miles on the Great Lakes in 2017.

The current record is held at an unofficial 61 days, and Martin’s goal is 50 days.

Her voyage started at the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca, MN on May 17. Along the way, she’s faced a few of nature’s obstacles such as beaver dams, bugs, and sweltering heat. But her obstacles aren’t just from nature, she’s navigated through man-made obstacles like barges and ships.

None of these obstacles is anything since she’s a fighter as she lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Scleroderma. She hopes to inspire on her mission to breaking a world record, telling others to “keep on, keeping on” no matter what life throws at you.

Follow her on her journey by visiting her Facebook page.

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