Dingy Dave = 6,000 Mile Pickleball Trip

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Some people really love their pickleball.

One man, “Dinghy” Dave Pike, is navigating 6,000 miles between his Michigan home and Florida, stopping along the way to play the badminton-like sport with as many people as possible.

Dave “Dinghy Dave” Pike of Grand Haven, Michigan, plays a game of pickleball Wednesday at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. Pike stopped here on his “Journey,” a rigid inflatable watercraft, on the Mississippi River en route to Key West, Florida.
Fred Lynch
He stopped in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday night to anchor his boat and camp, and by 8:30 a.m. Wednesday was working up a sweat with the local pickleball club at the Osage Centre.

Since his stop in Cape Girardeau marked the only one in Missouri, Mayor Harry Rediger proclaimed Wednesday as “Dave Pike Pickleball Day in the City of Cape Girardeau.”

Pike said he’s been playing pickleball for more than four years. When he got the urge to travel, he figured he might as well see the country’s pickleball courts.

“This gives me a kind of a window into the communities that I stop in,” he said. “I get to know the people, interact with them, and I’m meeting a lot of new friends. It’s actually making it a highlight of my trip.”

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