Monroe family returns from 10-month boat trip on the ‘Great Loop’

The Wright family just returned from an epic adventure.

For 10 1/2 months, David and Amy Wright of Monroe and their two children traveled more than 7,000 miles along the Great Loop in their 42-foot Nordic tug boat.

The self-paced journey included areas of the US, Canada, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, New York State Canals, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and the southern tip of Florida. The family returned in early July, completing a journey few finish.

“Approximately 150 boats complete the Great Loop each year, making it a feat more unique than swimming the English Channel or climbing Mount Everest,” America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association said.

“We never left with any expectation that we wouldn’t finish,” David said.

The trip had been something the family talked about for more than 20 years.

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