No mere paddle around a lake

August 12, 2008 5:28:32 AM PDT
Skip Ciccarelli's kayak journey was no mere paddle around a lake.

He's gone 1,700-miles from Chicago to New York City.

He finished the last leg this weekend, down the Hudson River to a West Side pier.

The 60-year-old paddler says he sometimes sang to himself during his 54 day trip.

But he adds he enjoyed being in the moment, while he paddled across the Great Lakes and the Erie Canal.

He's a high school teacher in Massachusetts and a prostate cancer survivor.

Ciccarelli says he hopes his kayak odyssey will help raise awareness about the disease.