PLATTSBURGH — Despite daily rain, overflowing streams and unused trails, Marc Cassone followed the Hudson River from source to sea, by foot and bicycle.
“Sometimes you get a little bit down,” the Plattsburgh native said of the rain. “But once you accept the fact that you’re just going to be wet, it’s just part of the adventure.”
The 25-year-old medical student works as an outdoor guide during the summer. In the past, he has led bike trips for high-school students across the United States and Europe, but this summer he completed his first solo trip.
Although he said it’s fun leading trips, he also enjoyed traveling alone.
“It was nice doing it not as a guide,” Cassone said. “You come and go as you please.”
Cassone, an Eagle Scout, has climbed many of the High Peaks. He grew up in Plattsburgh but has also lived in New York City.
“I thought it would be neat to string it all together,” Cassone said.
HIGHEST TO LOWEST
His 300-mile trip began June 28 with a climb to the tallest point in New York, Mount Marcy, and nearby Lake Tear of the Clouds, the source of the Hudson River.
At the bottom of the mountain, he grabbed his bicycle and headed for New York City, aiming to finish the trip July 3 near the lowest elevation in New York, the Atlantic Ocean.
“I wanted to follow the Hudson as much as possible,” Cassone said.
His gear, which he estimated to weigh about 40 pounds, included clothes, rain gear, food, a repair kit and a tent. His touring bike added another 30 pounds.
“Everything you need is on your bike,” Cassone said. “It’s liberating.”
He also carried with him written directions and a map, as well as his camera.
The route, which he began planning last October, also had some historical significance.