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(WLNS) - Since the age of ten Tim Muhich has had a nose for adventure.

It all began after his grandfather died. His dad thought he could use a distraction.

"My dad wanted to take us to the boundary waters and he told us it would be the trip of a lifetime," said Muhich.

So when his father took them again the next year Tim was skeptical.

"Dad you can't have another trip of a lifetime and he said Tim, make sure you go on at least one trip of a lifetime every year. And I think I've done that every year since then."

But its fair to say this next one tops them all.

Tomorrow Tim and three friends from MSU will begin paddling a canoe, appropriately named The Southbound Spartan, the entire length of the Mississippi River. All 2300 miles of it.

"So one person will lay and sleep here. One person lays flat here--the other three paddle," explained Muhich.

Three guys who really have nothing in common-, except their alma mater and their love for the outdoors, hope to break the world record for time.

18 days, 4 hours, 51 minutes.

Which means for at least two weeks they'll call this canoe home.

Reporter: "It doesn't seem like a very big space."

Muhich: "It's not a big space but we've put a lot of effort into maximal efficiency there. "

Tim says the group has all its bases covered for safety for survival.

"We use a blanket instead of a sleeping bag because if you're in a sleeping bag and you tip over--you'll drown," said Muhich.

Muhich: "Macaroni and cheese"

Reporter: "So this is going to be a typical meal."

Muhich: "Yeah that's 800 calories."

It certainly won't be a luxurious trip,despite the difficulty, these four intrepid explorers hope to set a new standard both for the history books and or themselves.

Muhich said, "We weren't initially seeking publicity or anything. We're just driven people who want to do something really hard."

Reporter: "So you really just want to challenge yourself."

Muhich: "Yeah, yeah."

Talk about a trip of a lifetime

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