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Dick Wolfsie meets blind adventurer Lonnie Bedwell

Dick Wolfsie meets blind adventurer Lonnie Bedwell – Part 1

Dick Wolfsie | News 8 Daybreak 6

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Each and every week Dick Wolfsie shares a story that is unique to central Indiana.

This week Dick spoke with Lonnie Bedwell who is an author and adventurer unlike any other.

Bedwell is blind. He became blind when he was 31 years old after a hunting accident.

Dick Wolfsie meets blind adventurer Lonnie Bedwell – Part 2

Dick Wolfsie | News 8 Daybreak at 7

“Actually shot by a good friend of mine,” Lonnie Bedwell explained. “I tell him all the time he’s much better-looking to me now than he used to be.”

Bedwell, who is from Dugger, Ind., worked his way out of a depressing situation and found comfort and drive through a clinic in Colorado dedicated to disabled American veterans.

Dick Wolfsie meets blind adventurer Lonnie Bedwell – Part 3

Dick Wolfsie | News 8 Daybreak at 8

“It was out there that an organization called Team River Runner had kayaks in a swimming pool,” Bedwell explained. “And me and a friend just went to check it out.”

After that experience, Bedwell looked to the future and its possibilities. Now, he has become the first blind person to kayak the entire length of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

The adventure didn’t stop there. He has since became the subject of the documentary film “Feel of Vision” and author of “Blind Adventurer: 226 Miles on the Grand Canyon.”

Dick Wolfsie meets blind adventurer Lonnie Bedwell – Part 4

Dick Wolfsie | News 8 Daybreak at 9 a.m.

Click the videos to learn more about Bedwell’s courageous journey.


Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid-20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. It will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.