With all my raingear fastened, I headed downstream using a kayak paddle only to steer my way down the somewhat fast moving water. I saw no other boaters on the river that day, but the wildlife was out and about, including geese and a particular kind of bird that is black with a bright orange hunter's vest.
This river goes through some pretty heavily populated areas, but most of the time you wouldn't know it. I passed a lot of flooded out farm land and explored sections of the river that I doubt would be navigable had it not been for the week of rain prior to this trip.
Took a break at the halfway point with the canoe parked in some bushes. After the break, came immediately upon a fast moving section where a high volume of water was funneling down and through a narrow section creating a rapid. Another burst of rain at a spot beneath some power lines where a fork in the river caused me to puzzle about the way forward. I believe both tines of the fork meet again around the mass of marsh in the way.
As I crossed into Hudson, I heard kids playing a soccer game in the park off to the left of the river, getting as wet and dirty as me, I am sure. Take out just before the Washington St. bridge, and then a short bikeride down River Rd. back to the Solomon Pond Mall.
Take-out: Hudson Fire station at intersection of 85 and 62.