My friend and I are aspiring to paddle from Greenfield MA to Middletown CT this year. Neither one of us has much past experience to draw from. We will likely split the trip into a couple separate sections, each section paddling two days with a night of camping in between. A few questions we are pondering as we prepare:
1. What are the main considerations when choosing between a canoe or two kayaks?
2. In general, what are the seasonal differences in the flow of the river?
3. How much does preceding rainfall effect the flow of the river?
Questions 2 & 3 are regarding whether it's necessary to take cautions if the flow is too fast, but also how to time the trip so that the river is not at its slowest.
Thanks. We'd greatly appreciate any tips from those familiar with this beautiful river!