Nebraska man celebrates his 60th birthday with a 38-mile ride down the Missouri River in an 846-pound pumpkin

A man in Nebraska celebrated his 60th birthday in style over the weekend with a 38-mile trip down the Missouri River in a carved, 846-pound pumpkin named “Berta,” which he had grown for 10 years while making history by he smashed a Guinness World Record.

Duane Hansen, now 60, set sail around 7:30 a.m. Saturday to paddle the Missouri River from Bellevue to Nebraska City, six years after former record holder Rick Swenson built a pumpkin boat to complete a 25.5-mile trip Graduating down Red River from Grand Forks, North Dakota to Breckenridge, Minnesota in 2016.

The drive along the Midwestern state’s eastern border with Iowa took about six hours for Hansen, who is a native of Syracuse and is from Nebraska. He sat up straight and paddled on a cooler he kept in the gourd throughout the trip.

‘Mister. Hansen is a longtime resident of Nebraska and enjoys growing large pumpkins, gourds and other vegetables as a hobby,” shared Phil Davidson, the City of Bellevue’s community relations coordinator, on Facebook.

“He had this idea when he was visiting Ohio and saw another person trying to set this record which currently stands at around 30 miles. Seems like a unique, if not slightly wacky, way to celebrate his 60th birthday, which was [Friday].’

“He had his wife, family and friends on hand to support and document the attempt. Some of them followed him in a boat in case of trouble,” he added.

Duane Hansen, 60, broke a Guinness World Record on Saturday when he paddled a 38-mile trip down the Missouri River from Bellevue, Nebraska, to Nebraska City. The journey took about six hours

Duane Hansen, 60, broke a Guinness World Record on Saturday when he paddled a 38-mile trip down the Missouri River from Bellevue, Nebraska, to Nebraska City. The journey took about six hours

The new world record holder paddled on a cooler placed in an 846-pound gourd called

The new world record holder paddled on a cooler placed in an 846-pound gourd called “Berta,” which measured about 146 inches in circumference

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Hansen arrived on the banks of the Missouri River at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and completed his journey around 6:30 p.m. The 60-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Friday, said he was ‘happy he made it’ despite feeling ‘physically exhausted’

Hansen had to row down a 38-mile segment of the eastern Nebraska-Iowa border on Saturday to make history

Hansen had to row down a 38-mile segment of the eastern Nebraska-Iowa border on Saturday to make history

Hansen surpassed the 25.5-mile Guinness World Record at 2:52 p.m. and rowed another 12 miles, the Facebook post further revealed. Another 9pm update announced that Hansen had ended his in-state expedition, seven hours after he was officially declared the new world record holder.

“The Hansen family just posted in this thread that Duane Hansen made it to Nebraska City just after 6:30pm! Congratulations Duane on breaking the world record,” Davidson wrote. “We are proud that you started this record-breaking 61-kilometer journey in Bellevue and have enjoyed following it.”

It took Hansen about 11 hours to reach his final destination, as Davidson responded to a comment on Facebook via the City of Bellevue page that the 60-year-old felt “physically exhausted” from the trip, although he emphasized that he ” happy that he made it.” it.’

Hansen added that waves formed by passing boats and cruise ships sometimes made it difficult for him to get his gourd through choppy waters.

“You have to stop everything and just hold on and ride these waves,” he told Nebraska News Channel. ‘That was bad.’

However, the Guinness Book of World Records has yet to give credit to Hansen’s quest as there have been no updates regarding the challenge on its website. In order for a record to be broken, the organization needs a range of evidence, including pictures, videos and statements from witnesses.

Hansen’s family and friends, as well as the city of Bellevue, made sure the 60-year-old’s efforts were not in vain as they documented his outing.

The Guinness World Records are yet to recognize Hanse's achievement, but the man's family and friends (pictured) made sure the evidence was documented, as is required to present a new record

The Guinness World Records are yet to recognize Hanse’s achievement, but the man’s family and friends (pictured) made sure the evidence was documented, as is required to present a new record

People online and around the world also offered their support for Hansen, with one fan wishing him a “gourdspeed” goodbye, while another commented on Facebook: “Happy birthday Duane! Cheer from the UK’

“This is hilarious and inspiring. I hope someone films this! This is fantastic!’ another person shared.

“Happy 60th, Duane! You rode in style. Hope your legs can stand again! You’re ‘uh done!’ someone else wrote.

“I’m cheering for Duane from Vancouver, Canada! Pooh, Pooh!!! Go, gourd, go!’ replied a fan from British Columbia.

Hansen, who is passionate about growing large produce, which includes his now world-famous pumpkin, had to carve a circumference of about 146 inches so Berta could swim the Missouri River and he could fit inside.

He also had the large fruit strapped over a mattress towed by his pickup truck to take it down to the same river where Lewis and Clarke began their expedition in 1904.

Hansen managed to get the 846-pound pumpkin to the banks of the Missouri River by transporting it on a trailer and tying it to a mattress

Hansen managed to get the 846-pound pumpkin to the banks of the Missouri River by transporting it on a trailer and tying it to a mattress

The Missouri River is also the longest tributary of the Mississippi River in the United States and North America. It is formed by the confluence of three different streams: the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers; and is 2,341 miles long.

When asked how he got the idea, Hansen pointed to a three-day seminar on growing giant pumpkins in Portland, Oregon, where he met this lady who had the record. At the time it was 25 miles. And I asked her a lot of questions and that’s when I decided I wanted to do it,” he said.

When Hansen’s wife Allyson was asked what the future holds for her and her new world record-holding husband, she told News Channel Nebraska, “I never know what’s next.”

Hansen added: “I won’t do that again. I’m done with it.’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11156859/Nebraska-man-celebrates-turning-60-38-mile-trip-Missouri-River-846lb-pumpkin.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Nebraska man celebrates his 60th birthday with a 38-mile ride down the Missouri River in an 846-pound pumpkin

Emma Colton

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