“Right after the maps were released last year, a lot of people came to follow the routes,” Considine said. “When the weather warms up this year, we expect even more. It’s really nice to have those self-guided tours.”
Chuck Horbert of North Scituate was on the Blackstone River a few years ago and jokingly asked someone how far he had to go to reach Westerly in the state’s southernmost corner.
“It was a crazy question intended only to get a laugh,” said Horbert, a canoeist. “But then I thought to myself: Was it possible?”
He’ll find out June 8-15 when he and two other canoeists attempt the first documented paddle across the state, starting in Burrillville, cutting through 19 communities, and ending in Westerly, plying 10 rivers along the way and part of upper Narragansett Bay.
Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.