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Happy paddlers in Clarksville Tennessee

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Photo: Clarksville Now

Tony Centonze journalist for The Leaf Chronicle in Clarksville, Tennessee reported May 18 2014 “Blue way Adventure of Clarksville hosted its third Tour de Clarksville paddle Saturday for about 30 kayakers who enjoyed near perfect weather and Clarksville's very appealing waterways.” Richard Wacker and Michael Ashberger are proud to operate the only veteran-owned service of its kind in the area, according to Mr. Centonze.

proud to operate the only veteran-owned service of its kind in the area
proud to operate the only veteran-owned service of its kind in the area
Photos by Philip Sparn

Mr. Whacker informed Centonze "We began operating in February of 2012.We rent kayaks and canoes and offer transport of personal equipment, we are seeing about a 250 percent annual increase in business."

Wacker says the business offers trips, which range in distance from two to 30 miles. Saturday’s Tour de Clarksville was a 14-mile trip. Wacker stated that even though most trips are self-guided, “They are really safe for people of all fitness levels.”

Mr. Wacker and his partner Michael Ashberger provide equipment and guidance. Their knowledge of the local routes and waterways is helpful and reassuring to beginning and inexperienced paddlers and for paddlers who are enjoying the local waterways for the first time.

Many of the paddlers participating in the Tour de Clarksville are locals but others like Michael King and Erin Shelton drove in from Nashville to participate in Saturday's paddle, according to Tony Centonze. “The West Fork of the Red River is very desirable for folks who like to paddle. It's a jewel,” Shelton assured Centonze “The sport is a great workout for the core and upper body. It’s a great way to spend the day."

Michael described the trip down river, "We put in at a park on Tiny Town Road and did a 14-mile trip, which started at the west fork of the Red River. “Then we did about 2 miles on the Red River and then finished the trip at Trice Landing on the Cumberland."

Richard Wacker and Michael Ashberger want to inform all paddlers that “If you are interested in learning more or getting out for the first time, Rally on the Cumberland as well as an overnight kayaking/camping adventure led by Blueway are the next events on the calendar.” Information is on their website, BluewayAdventure.com.