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Man Paddles 38 Miles Down Missouri River In Giant Pumpkin

A Nebraska power plant worker floated 38 miles down the Missouri River in an 846-pound pumpkin in a bid to break the Guinness World Record by 25 miles.

Duane Hansen, 60, said Tuesday he plans to submit video and witness statements this week to the archives organization documenting his 12-hour Saturday cruise from Bellevue, just south of Omaha, to Nebraska. City.

The current record of 25.5 miles was set in 2018 by a man who paddled from North Dakota to Minnesota, according to the organization.

Duane Hansen at Berta, an 846-pound pumpkin that he rowed down the Missouri River.Courtesy of Yvonne Hansen

“I dreamed about it,” Hansen said. “It’s been a five-year journey to get a big enough pumpkin.”

City of Bellevue officials helped document the trip on its Facebook page, noting when Hansen launched from the public docks (7:30 a.m.), when it appeared to break the old record (2:52 p.m.) and when it arrived in Nebraska . City (6:30 p.m.)

“Seems like a unique, if not a little crazy, way to celebrate her 60th birthday, which was yesterday,” the post said.

Hansen, who pushes coal for Omaha’s Public Power District, said his knees were still sore and he was grateful he didn’t capsize on one of the river’s many hazards, such as boulders. it hit or the waves that pushed over the sides. of his ship.

His wife named the boat Berta after the character from “Two and a Half Men”.

Hansen said he got the idea to capture the world record after attending a pumpkin-growing seminar in Oregon and meeting a former record holder.

It took him five years to grow the kind of pumpkin – an Atlantic giant – that was big enough to get him across the finish line.

“I racked up a lot of failures,” Hansen said, noting that he lifted a lot of gourds in the 200-400 pound range. “I needed an 800 plus.”

“This year I had some failures with other factories,” he added. “But this one got away with it.”

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