This spring General Motors retiree and long distance canoeist Charlie Parmelee is going to attempt to duplicate the Heward party's epic journey from lake to lake. On March 28 he is going to launch his Verlen Kruger designed "Seawind" solo canoe at Pte. Mouille on Lake Erie and start up the Huron River 218 years to the day after Heward entered that stream. His cross-peninsula trip will take him through many Huron and Grand River towns including Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Dexter, the famous community of Hell, Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Grand Ledge, Portland, Grand Rapids and finally into Lake Michigan at Grand Haven.
He is calling his trip "The Ultimate Hugh Heward Challenge". It took Heward and his paddlers a month to reach Lake Michigan after leaving Lake Erie. Charlie intends to take much less time since he doesn't plan to get lost several days as Heward did while searching for the portage.