Sometimes doing something the old-fashioned way reminds us why someone invented a way to stop doing it that way.
That easily could have been the case for a group of farmers, artists and others who raised money to build a boat with hopes of reviving an old river trade route from Vermont to New York City.
"Nobody's done anything quite like this in over 100 years," Vermont Sail Freight Project Director Erik Andrus told CNBC after his three-week voyage. "We blew all our expectations out of the water. It was a fantastic trip."
Not that it was simple.
With 160 items on board (from maple syrup and plum cognac preserves to Red Russian garlic and acorn squash) the crew did double-time as dockworkers—loading and unloading at each destination and learning to stow odd-shaped items in a way to limit the risk of capsizing along the 330-mile route.
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"Next time, not so many items. It was totally overwhelming," said Andrus, who also chronicled the journey on a blog. "It was a feast for the eyes and a huge workload for the back."