What if tomorrow, first thing in the morning, instead of breakfast and cruising the Internet, you paddled a boat and didn’t stop for a break for over 10 hours straight, until the ink black of a Louisiana bayou night set in?

What if you kept going against strong flood currents, torrential thunder showers, enthusiastic interest from Louisiana alligators, and onslaughts from mosquitoes that qualify with the FAA as light aircraft?

What if the next day you got up and did exactly the same thing, and the next day, and the next, for 140 consecutive days in a row to cover 3,500 miles—all the way from Corpus Christie, Texas, to the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York City?

If you did find yourself doing these things, then you might be retired Delta Force operator and Ranger, Josh Collins. At the time of this writing, Josh is already into his tenth day of his epic trek along the Texas and Louisiana Intracoastal Waterway to New Orleans, the Gulf of Mexico, around the Florida Keys, and up the East Coast. Destination: Lady Liberty.


Me, I had the privilege to serve with Josh in the Delta Force for a number of years. I was in a terminal struggle to just remain average in the tiny cistern containing some of America’s finest and most lethal combat prowess. Josh, on the other hand, rose above the average bear and became one of the great contributors to the Unit in terms of ratcheting up standards, applying his forward thinking in new tactics, techniques, and procedures that remain his legacy to this day.

Josh on an assault vehicle behind a MK-19 40mm high-velocity grenade launcher

Were that not enough, Josh was pound-for-pound the best boxer/hand-to-hand fighter in the building, a distinction that he would uphold for all of his years in the building. I soon learned that what I thought was a formidable boxing workout was in fact unrealistic once Josh came to our training ring. All the best fighters in the unit gathered to train with Josh, including the American badass himself, Dr. Dale Comstock.