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06/22/14 — Just around the riverbend

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Just around the riverbend

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on June 22, 2014 1:50 AM

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Christie McDonald paddles toward the boat ramp at the Stevens Mill Road access Saturday morning after kayaking the Neuse River for two hours during Cruise the Neuse. McDonald was one of the 135 people who participated in this year's event.

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Georgina Woodlock, 9, looks back at her father, John, for guidance while learning to paddle. Georgina's mother, Vanessa, and brother Sebastian, 14, were in another canoe.

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The first of three groups of people wait in line for kayaks and canoes at the Ferry Bridge Road access before taking to the Neuse River during Goldsboro Parks and Recreation's annual Cruise the Neuse Saturday morning. Canoes and kayaks were borrowed from several groups across central and eastern North Carolina to meet the needs of the event's increased participation.

A row of turtles sun themselves on a downed tree. A beer bottle bobs against a log. An otter paddles across the river in search of more clams to snack on as a plastic bottle floats by in the...

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