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Complete! Finished! Done!

August 8 – 10, 2020Grand Rapids to Lake Michigan Tom Writes . . .  Cranky Old Men with Stiff Legs and Sore RearsGlorious Michigan SummerTruly GRAND River We started at the southwest corner of Grand Rapids. The river loops south, … Continue reading

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Closing in on Our Goal: Halleluiah!

Joe Writes . . .  After starting in southern Jackson County during the summer of 2016 and paddling, in fits and starts, all the way to downtown Grand Rapids it is finally reasonable to contemplate the end of our journey. … Continue reading

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Two Days on the Grand in Photos

Joe Posts . . .  July 4, 2020 Your intrepid explorers, Tom (l) and Joe Neely. Click on individual photos for captions. July 5 Click on individual photos for captions. -30- We are glad you found our blog. If you … Continue reading

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A Grand 4th of July on the Grand

Tom writes… Fourth of July, 2020 Ada to North Grand Rapids The logistics of canoe-ing are monstrous. You already know our boat, the Billie V, lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, far from our current paddling area in West Michigan. Well, … Continue reading

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As the Brothers Resume Their Journey, Uncle Joe Calls BS

Joe Writes . . .  I’ve found a lovely spot for writing about getting older, here in front of the picture window in my living room. I can swivel the chair and look out over our lawn, with the sun … Continue reading

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Our Quest Resumes on the 4th of July!

Just as our nation declared its independence from the tyrannical rule of George III on the 4th of July in 1776, we will declare our independence from the physical decline of advancing age – and our disdain for the despotic … Continue reading

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The Headwaters Dam on the Grand River

Joe Writes . . .  With the news of the Edenville Dam failing on the Tittabawassee River near Midland and the resultant extensive flooding, I was motivated to take a 45-minute drive to the headwaters of the Grand River yesterday … Continue reading

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I Hope John Prine Was Right About Old Rivers

Joe Writes . . .  John Prine died from the COVID-19 virus. I not an expert on his music, but I hope he’s right that “old rivers grow wilder every day.” Imagine the river my grandchildren would see if we … Continue reading

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Official Grand River Expedition Cancelled; Neely Brothers Still Hope to Complete Their Quest This Year

Joe Reports . . .  Every ten years since 1990 an organized expedition to paddle the length of the Grand River has taken place, most recently under the auspices of Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds.  That organization has announced … Continue reading

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We’re Back . . . Kind Of

Joe Writes . . . Yes, we are still alive. No, we did not travel the Grand River in 2019. Yes, we will complete our journey in 2020. This was not a year for canoeing. I have been busy for … Continue reading

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