I built this canoe from ripped planks of western red cedar and redwood in 1983. The fiber glass outer shell has been replaced three times over the years. I had not paddled it since 2004 being as I now mostly use a kayak, so I decided to take it out on the Potomac to see if it was worth keeping around. I was dropped off up at Little Orleans in the early afternoon and paddled down the river a little way to a C&O Canal campsite where I stayed the first night. The next day I paddled 13 miles down to White Rock and camped there. I got there early enough to catch me some dinner so I didn’t starve to death. From there, I went another 13 miles to Licking Creek and camped again. The last day was an easy 6 miles to McCoys Ferry. The C&O Canal goes through elevated aqueducts over the streams. On the other side of the river from the canal is a railroad that still uses some old stone arch bridges such as at Cacapon. The canoe held up fine so maybe next year I will go for more than three days. The nice part about this stretch of the river is that there are no dams to portage and only lazy Class I riffles. During the middle of the week the river is deserted and peaceful.
Cacapon Railroad bridge
Licking Creek Aqueduct