SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Caleb Gilkerson's adventure from Cincinnati, Ohio to Pierre, South Dakota started last November. A passion that turned into reality on a boat that carries much history.
"I love the water, being outdoors. I have a real passion for sharing that with people and then when I saw the opportunity to bring the nostalgic paddle-wheeler back to Pierre, I went for it," says Gilkerson.
But like every long journey, you always have to expect the unexpected.
A lack of water in Sioux City area halted the boat from moving forward for two weeks.
"It's one of those things I found for myself where I don't look forward too much to the trouble. I mean, I look at it, I deal with it, you come up with the very best plans that you can and then you've just got to go try it. You've got to try and execute your plans and be flexible. You know, we've had a lot of problems that we planned on having and a lot of problems that we didn't foresee happening," says Gilkerson.
The boat got stuck in an area that was no more than eight inches deep. To move forward, they needed at least two feet of water.
Thankfully, after more water was released upstream and with the help of a tugboat, they were able to lift themselves and successfully navigate through it...onward and upward.
Then Tuesday afternoon (after nearly five months after beginning the long journey), the boat finally landed on shore in Vermillion, now on its way to its new home in Pierre.