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Kayaker Finishes Around-Alaska Paddle After Third Summer

August 15, 1991

BARROW, Alaska (AP) _ Not even the ″beastly easterlies″ stopped a kayaker from completing his trip around Alaska - after his third summer of paddling.

Paul Caffyn, 44, of New Zealand, reached the village of Inuvik on Canada’s northwest Arctic coast Tuesday. He started from the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle in 1989.

Caffyn told radio station KBRW in Barrow he averaged about 30 miles a day and, toward the end, encountered a lot of fog and wind he described as ″beastly easterlies.″

He also ran out of food, so the first thing he did after reaching Inuvik was eat. ″I came in fairly lean,″ he said Wednesday.

Next summer, Caffyn plans to paddle from St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea across the Bering Strait to the Soviet Union. He wants to meet and visit with Soviet native people who make and use skin-covered boats, he said.

Inuvik is about 200 miles from Alaska’s border with Canada’s Yukon Territory.

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