NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ The Paddle Across Rhode Island team escaped potential washout impacts from Hurricane Arthurâ€™s close brush with the area and set out on their more that 100-mile journey from the townâ€™s Meadows Recreation Complex on Sunday with perfect weather and perfect river conditions.
â€śIt looks fantastic,â€ť team leader Chuck Horbert, a R.I. Department of Environmental Management freshwater wetlands employee, said as he and three paddling friends got ready to set out on the Blackstone River at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. The group expects to keep paddling and portaging across Rhode Islandâ€™s waterways for the next eight days on a journey that Horbert had envisioned completing last July.
Hurricane Andrea arrived in the area last year just in time to raise the flows of Rhode Island rivers to impassable levels, and Horbertâ€™s start of the trip on the Branch River in Burrillville ended before the group got out of Northern Rhode Island.
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