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We have heard of pumpkins being used to make pies, Jack-O-Lanterns and even a temporary coach to transport Cinderella to the ball, but a canoe? - That is definitely a first.
However, that is the exactly the mode of transportation Wisconsin resident JR Hildebrandt has chosen, for his trek down the Wisconsin River. Hildebrandt who embarked on his eight-day, 150-mile journey on October 9th, is doing this to raise money for a charity that sends kids with special needs on memorable trips, like Disneyland, NASCAR races or even cruises to exotic places like Jamaica .
JR rows during the day and spends the nights on land, with the 'canoe' docked at pre-determined locations.
The pumpkin chosen for this special trip is a 760-pound gourd that JR painstakingly carved, to make room for him, a chair and a little heater. A small board had been placed at the bottom to stabilize the vehicle.
This is not the first time JR has been on a pumpkin canoe. For the past few years, he has been the winner of Wisconsin's Nekoosa Great Pumpkin race, completing the 300-yard course in as little as ten minutes.
While this trek is about 900 times longer than that, JR is confident he will be successful. His only concern? - How smelly the 'canoe' will become in the next few days.