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The Go Fetch paddlers have been on their journey for a full year now. Photo: Facebook
The Go Fetch paddlers have been on their journey for a full year now. Photo: Facebook

Three kayakers from Montreal on Monday marked a year since they began paddling all the way from Quebec. The Go Fetch trek to Yucatan just hit another milestone today. They crossed the border into Mexico.

The kayak route hugs the coast from Montreal, Quebec all the way to Yucatán.
The kayak route hugs the coast from Montreal, Quebec all the way to Yucatán.

The name of this “Go Fetch Challenge” has two meanings: In French, “fetch” is a nautical term that refers to the space where the wind is free of obstacles. The English meaning, evoking a dog chasing a stick, also applies since the kayakers say they are seeking their own metaphorical stick, by way of adventure.

The kayakers capture the moment they cross the border, leaving an industrial stretch of the U.S. behind. Photo: Facebook
The kayakers capture the moment they cross the border, leaving an industrial stretch of the U.S. behind. Photo: Facebook

Their travels are also part of an educational program on Challenge U., allowing the kayakers to answer student questions and pose monthly challenges.

The kayakers, Nuka de Jocas-McCrae, Julien Granger and Luc Labelle, all in their late 20s, have been friends since high school. The 5,500-plus mile trip is only slightly behind schedule; they had expected to cross the border in April.

Assuming they remain just a month behind schedule, they should arrive on the peninsula in late September.

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