Blind Navy vet from Indiana kayaks 226-mile Grand Canyon
Man battles disability to achieve dream
Lonnie Bedwell, a blind Navy veteran from Indiana, kayaks the 226-mile Grand Canyon.
(Photo courtesy: Michael Bradley, Team River Runner)
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DUGGER, Ind. - A blind Navy veteran from southwestern Indiana is celebrating the accomplishment of finishing a 226-mile kayaking trip covering the full length of the Grand Canyon.
Lonnie Bedwell, of Dugger, lost his sight in a hunting accident 16 years ago.
Bedwell became involved with the Team River Runner veterans group last year and started going on kayaking trips with its members.
Sixteen team members finished the 16-day trip along the Colorado River on Aug. 21.
"Running the Grand Canyon was a dream," Bedwell said. "I hope that other disabled persons will be able to share this feeling with me one day and achieve their dreams as well."
Bedwell told the Sullivan Daily Times (http://bit.ly/13Oluzj ) he was in his own kayak and a team member guided him with voice commands to navigate the river.
Bedwell said he's been invited to climb a frozen waterfall in Colorado this winter and might someday go hang-gliding.
See highlights of Bedwell's trip below. On a mobile device, watch here: http://bit.ly/15EDPpm
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