The Point to Cairo. Man dedicates canoe trip to vehicle crash victim


Photojournalist - David Dycus
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

"A man and his dog" can be the beginning of any great story... especially if it includes a thousand-mile journey along the Ohio River.

Ian Davis is calling his trip "The Point to Cairo" and it's his way of honoring of a person whose life was cut short.

"Elanore was built in 1962," Davis said of his canoe.

He grew up paddling one exactly like it.

The canoe was purchased in 1963 by a young man named David Burt.  He and a friend enjoyed a lot of time just paddling around.  Then in 1966, both were killed in a vehicle crash.

Burt's family put "Elanore" in a barn and covered her.  Several years later, Davis responded to a Craig's List post about the canoe and acquired it.

It wasn't long before he decided to take a trip and dedicated it to Burt.

"We started on the first of June from the point in Pittsburg," Davis said.  "We will be finishing Sunday at the point in Cairo."

Davis is also using the trip as a way to raise money for his not-for-profit teaching program, "Called 2 Communicate."