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But the adventure-seeker said going roughly 5,600 kilometres by kayak is a little different than the leisurely, day-tripping feel of bike travel.
"This feels like an expedition," he said.
Fighting winds gusting up to 60 kilometres an hour, Knieling and fellow traveller Kobie Rhodes took to the water Saturday afternoon for a voyage that will carry them from the Assiniboine River to the Gulf of Mexico, if all goes well.
The duo began their trip on the riverbank behind the Bourkevale Community Centre, a low-key send-off witnessed by a few people fishing on the shore.
The two kayaks were packed with supplies and equipment for the journey through river systems in southern Manitoba and 12 American states, winding up in New Orleans.
The trip will likely take three to four months, "depending on our penchant for fooling around," joked Knieling, a former Wall Street stockbroker who gave up the daily grind and began travelling a few years ago. The tour will complete his "adventure triathlon," which includes the cycling and hiking excursions earlier this year.
The longtime traveller has visited more than 40 countries, but this is his first major expedition with a companion. Knieling met Rhodes, a New Zealander, while hiking there in 2006, and the pair decided to take the kayak trip together.
"I had the time, and I didn't want to sit around doing nothing," said Rhodes, a travel junkie whose next big trip will take him down the Pacific Crest Trail from the American border with Mexico to the border in British Columbia.
The pair stocked up on $5,000 worth of equipment and supplies from Winnipeg's Wilderness Supply Company.
With windy Winnipeg behind them, Knieling and Rhodes have other challenges ahead, dodging tugboats and barges on the Mississippi River and portaging for roughly 10 kilometres from the Bois de Sioux to Minnesota rivers.
The travellers hope to post updates on their websites, www.kevinknieling.com and www.roadwarriorsnews.com.
Knieling isn't sure if his next destination will be more international travel or back to an office, but he thinks he'll eventually collect his stories on paper.
"I'm sure I'll put together a book, when I'm in one place long enough to write it," he said.