MOUNT MORRIS – Five men from all over the country are convening for an ambitious paddle from Mount Morris to Lake Ontario. The five founders and their friends, who affectionately call themselves WNY Paddle Pack, are setting up a donation page so that their ride can benefit the homeless.
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According to Chuck Little, one of the founders of Paddle Pack, the idea started between a couple buddies who simply love canoes, kayaks and the outdoors. Little says that once he and Mark Levey, Matt Levey, Jim George, and Nick Eddy started seriously talking about a paddle from Mt. Morris into Rochester, the idea snowballed into a full-blown downriver camping adventure beginning Monday, September 29.
“It all started when a few of us got together and started really talking about paddling into Rochester,” said Little. “Then we said ‘Let’s get some more people in on this’ and eventually we got connected to Open Doors Mission.”
Paddle Pack’s grueling journey will take nearly a week to complete, and cover more than 100 miles of long, winding Genesee River. The five paddlers have planned their routes and camping spots carefully, and have decided on a tight schedule that will land them on the Lake on Friday, October 3.
The plan is to shove off from Mt. Morris and make camp along the way in Geneseo, Avon, Scottsville, Henrietta, and finish in Ontario. The group will have to go around the upper and lower falls in Rochester during rush hour, wheeling their boats through the streets to the amusement of passersby.
They will also stop to visit their partner in charity, Open Door Mission, for a photo op and hopefully a bite to eat.