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Utica men celebrate kayak trip from Buffalo to Marcy

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - There was a celebration at Lock 20 in Marcy on Friday for two Utica residents who kayaked along the Erie Canal to get home from Buffalo.

Chris Karas and Chris Phelps started their trek Aug. 10 and spent the past six days paddling and camping at various locks each night.

Throughout the trip, they faced inclement weather and choppy waters, but found they were well prepared for the trip.

The original plan was to kayak from Utica to Chicago, but the wind and current worked against them.

That trip would have taken 35 days, but the two plan to make it work next year.

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