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Daniel Alvarez of Tallahassee, Fla. paddled the Canadian north shore of Lake Superior this fall on his 7,500-mile kayak trip from the Northwest Angle to Key West and back to the Northwest Angle. He finished Oct. 26. Daniel Alvarez photo

Kayak journey takes man from Northwest Angle to Key West and back

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In the end, it was a race against the ice.

For nearly 7,500 miles, Daniel Alvarez had paddled his kayak, and now he couldn’t feel his hands and his feet. He labored up the western shore of Lake of the Woods, willing himself to go on, stopping to run on empty beaches to drive feeling back into his extremities.

So close. Four days away, then three, then two.

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