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By on September 16, 2016

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John Connelly wanted to do something big as he approached his 60th birthday.

So, he set off on a dream trip. Starting in April, he paddled a canoe the entire length of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which runs from Old Forge, NY to Fort Kent, ME.

Then he proceeded by kayak down the St. John River and along the Maine Island Trail from Eastport to Kittery.

Most of the time he was paddling alone as he covered some 1,500 miles over ten weeks.
His purpose, in part, was to inspire people to get out and experience nature so they’ll want to preserve it.

In training for the expedition, even though he wasn’t overweight Connelly lost 32 pounds. 32 pounds is what a canoe weighs. He lost a canoe.

 

Rob Caldwell and Krister Rollins, WCSH

 

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John Connelly
Kayaking in Maine

In April of 2016, I’ll launch on a 75-day river/ocean odyssey that will carry me over 2 countries, 4 states, 22 streams, 58 lakes, and 1500 miles. As leader of L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools for 10 years and a former member of the US Canoe & Kayak team with numerous whitewater first-descents to my credit, I believe I am uniquely qualified to meet this challenge.

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