Friday, August 22, 2014

45 Parallel Crossing day 3

The boys got bumped off the beach like two tots trying to ride a midget pony; so they packed it in and headed up the coast for another 5 miles or so looking for some real-estate that will support a couple a Krugerheads till the fog thins out.

But before they left, a huge thanks out to Sandy and Greg who trekked on up the coast and found the boys scuttled and hungry- fed like royalty ( I told you Sandy could cook) tucked in cradling the new GPS, things were looking up - but depression set in bring a fog bank thick and heavy.

So the plan is to wait it out and see what tomorrow brings; from this point on they are ready to head east make the jump if weather and water cooperate - So they will camp early get rest and be at the ready.  "Stow the grog and get ready to make way, single up all lines."

The Capt'n

45 Parallel Crossing day 2.5

They boys couldn't have pulled over in a nicer place, it's like they planned it!! They are just off of Glidden Drive; Glidden Drive is biologically the most diverse of Wisconsin's 130 Rustic Roads. It has 13 Lake Michigan beach accesses.

Five streams are off of Glidden Drive: Shivering Sands Creek (the most famous-historic in Door County) which they are just south of, Lily Bay Creek, Fisher Creek, Vernal Creek (intermittent) and Underground Creek with swallets  (an opening through which a stream descends underground). Glidden Drive skirts the largest natural area in Door County, the Shivering Sands Wetland Complex.

I've received word that Sandy is packing heavy as she makes her way up through Door County; Lasagna Margaritas and that pesky GPS are in route.  Could make for a mid to late morning start after a big meal and cocktails.  Paddle on Garth...

The Capt'n

Thursday, August 21, 2014

45 and some change day 2

The boys pull off on the world's smallest beach to batten down the hatches and put on some storm gear; reef down to Coach Hoff Hanky size and keep pushing towards Bailey's Harbor. The morning was not with out it's challenges; the GPS took a dump so Mark and Rick navigated by braille following the shoreline as best they could; a quick stop in Algoma looking a marine store was fruitless, so they went with plan B -- paddle on.

Social media and the Internet can be a wonderful thing; Sandy (peacepaddler) has mobilized and will meet the boys and hand off a GPS tonight; knowing Sandy she probably has a gourmet meal planned as well; if you have not paddled with Sandy, you have yet to experience her cooking skills in the wild.

So the boys are off for what they think will be a 7 hour push; catted boats performing well as they speculate 5mph holding steady; weather is iffy as is gett'n some on prom night; as expected for Wisconsin no weatherman tells the same forecast; I encouraged Mark to look up if he wants accurate current conditions. Paddle on Boys, Paddle on.

The Capt'n

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

45 Parallel Crossing - day 1

Mark sent some pictures of day 1of the  - 45 Parallel Crossing; this is big news as it means he actually put his paddle down to document the adventure!! The above photo is getting off the ferry and staging gear; rumor has it the boys threw down big time with the all you can eat breakfast buffet on the "Badger"; windless crossing with fog in the morning, turned to partly cloudy skies with a light breeze out of the west; a perfect start to a great lake adventure.

Took less than an hour to set things right; catted up and ready to push off from the shores of Manitowoc WI -  destination North up to Bailey's Harbor.

 Rick enjoying the waning hours of sunlight as they cruise north under full sail and paddle; Mark reports beautiful weather, wind turning south southwest overnight.

9:00p cst the boys are still pushing North; night prep complete hoping for a 2am landing in Algoma; plan on sleeping there a few hours and pushing on -  the key is time management across the pond; they are working it to get across by Thursday night fall - fingers crossed for optimal weather, otherwise they sit it out waiting for the weather God's to show favor.

The Capt'n

45 Parallel Crossing

The boys head out on the big pond for a little paddle / sail on what some like to call lake Michigan.- we're calling it the (BIG POND) "45 Parallel Crossing".

The Big pond can be unforgiving, it's waters run cold and deep (reminds me of an old girlfriend but I digress); the plan is for Mark - Manitou Cruiser and Rick - Kevlar Kid (WaterTribe Tribal names) to set themselves up for a 77 mile push to Baileys Harbor and then make the 48 mile jump across to South Manitou Island. ---- They will be taking the Badger Ludington MI Ferry to Manitowoc WI to ease the suffering of persistent westerly winds this time of year.

The configuration for this adventure will be a Sea Wind / DreamCatcher Cat rig with 38' 32' Batwing sails.  Manitou's SPOT goes live at 830am EST.

I look forward to their reports as they make their way North to Bailey's Harbor as it is a section of the new water trail that is being developed.

The Capt'n

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Krugerhead 340 ~ Wrapped & Rolled...

Debris, debris & yet some more debris. Word has it every time Nightspiritsix would stop for a feed, Bob Bradford & Grandson Justin would have to clean out the ramps so the OC-6 could stop. There stops were short lived however, because the floating debris would start to amass around them, effectively blocking them in. No one had ever seen anything like it.
© Lauren Fry

 If your curious about what sleep deprivation will do to you, ask Janet Bradford. As the crew was taking turns hup-ing a twenty count stroke, Janet at one point counted to 63 and said, "I forgot what I was doing!" 

Nightspiritsix - 43 hours 33 minutes (Front-Back) Mike Bradford, Everett Crozier, Dick Ulbrich, Janet Bradford, Mike Smith & Toby Nipper
(R-L) Mark Przedwojewski (Irons, MI) & Jack "The Hammer" Murgittroyd (Ithaca, MI)
40 hours 14 minutes!

Mark Rowe & Lauren Fry "GoFRowe" 44 hours 9 minutes

Joe Tousignant "Joe Wildlife" 47 hours 31 minutes

Marek Uliasz 50 hours and some change

Ben Algera "Macatawa" 53 hours 24 minutes
Brian Weber "Capt'n O Dark Thirty" 59 hours 12 minutes
Capt'n of the "O" Dark 30 Blog Link
Sandy Krueger "Peacepaddler"

...and of course the shore support for Nightspiritsix, (Left Picture) Jerry Davis & (Right Picture, L-R) Justin & Bob Bradford (also pictured Mike, Joe & Mark)

~guest bloggers Pat Harrington, Stacy Smith & Michael Doty

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Krugerhead 340 - The Finish ~ St. Charles

Mark & Jack @ the finish

Mark & Jack being the first team to paddle to the finish arrived at Riverside Park in St. Charles at 12:15 CDT this morning. With a total time of 40 hours 14 minutes and no stopped time. Overall/Moving average of 8.4 mph! They certainly kept it moving!


Nightspiritsix paddled into St. Charles early this morning @ 3:29 CDT. 43 hours 33 minutes total time! With a moving average of 8.6 mph and a stopped time of 4 hours 33 minutes. Mike Smith reports there is nothing in his body that doesn't hurt! Everyone was pushed to there limits...

Mark & Lauren "GoFRowe"

Mark & Lauren "GoFRowe" arrived in St. Charles @ 4:02 CDT. 33 minutes behind Nightspiritsix. With a moving time of 43 hours 22 minutes, stopped time of 47 minutes. 7.7 mph moving average and a 7.5 mph overall average. They took the place of Mark & Jack playing back & forth with Nightspiritsix during the final stretch.

Ben Algera

Ben Algera "Macatawa" arriving @ 13:17 CDT.

Capt'N "O" Dark 30 Brian Weber

Capt'N "O" Dark 30 aka Sir Brian Weber paddling in @ 19:05 CDT. 

A special shout out to Sir Pat Harrington for (as usual) all his behind the scenes work!

PADDLES UP to all in our paddling community!


~Guest bloggers Pat, Stacy & Michael

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Krugerhead 340 - Day Two "we got trees!"

"we got trees"
Team Kruger is riding a strong pulse.  The end of day 1 finds our intrepid travelers passing by Columbia, Missouri.  Weather for the day is warm and mild with light winds from the East in the afternoon. It appears Nightspiritsix has been paddling neck & neck with Mark & Jack throughout the night. Mike Smith reports (8:15 CDT) after a 24 hour paddle covering 208 miles and averaging 8.8 mph, the OC-6 is stopping for a two hour break around Marion. Mike adds they could not use the platform Everett made for taking turns sleeping because they need to pull up on a sand bar to rig it up & alas there are no sand bars to be had because of the high water. As of 8:30 CDT it appears team GoFRowe is around Huntsdale having survived the night with Ben approaching Boonville. Peacepaddler is just around the corner from Glasgow. “O” Dark 30’s spot link is not working, and a call to him proves fruitless. Wildlife Joe has just passed Boonville.
Mark & Jack
Posting these updates reminds us of our good friend Mr. Jim Woodruff - The Topologist - and a true friend of Verlen Krugers and all of these folks on the river.  "Jim Does Maps" - the topographic kind and specializes in the ones that show the natural watershed features, before drain commissioners were invented.  Jim has worked these update boards and has a saying...  "This is just like herding cats" - "Keeping track of all these folks is more than a challenge"...

~Guest bloggers Pat, Stacy & Michael

Team Kruger Canoes Facebook

Krugerhead 340 Photo Album

Sunset on Day 1 of the Krugerhead 340 (Photo credit: Capt'n of the "O" Dark Thirty)
OC-6 arriving CP-6 Jefferson City
Mark & Jack ~ Coopers Landing 6:52 CDT (CP-6) Jefferson City  10:00 CDT
Nightspiritsix ~ (CP-6) Jefferson City 13:00 CDT
GoFRowe ~ (CP-4) Glasgow 1:33 CDT (CP-6) Jefferson City 13:11 CDT
Received a message from "O" Dark 30 that he was a couple miles past Lisbon Bottoms @ 10:43 CDT
Looks like Sandy is just shy of Arrow Rock State Park near County Road 319. No movement in over 3 hours, guessing she's resting.
Macatawa & Wildlife Joe taking a dip
@ Coopers Landing
Ben Algera Coopers Landing
Ben Algera and Wildlife Joe stopped at Coopers Landing for a swim. As of 14:45ish, according to Emily, they are back on the water. Ben's Spot tracker shows them not too far from CP-6 Jefferson City.

Mark (GoFRowe) 7:28 CDT "survived the night!"

OC-6 breaking near Chamois 15:15 CDT


A message from Mike Smith tells us that Nightspiritsix is stopping for there second break at Chamois. "Sleep deprivation setting in."

Mark & Jack CP-7 Hermann 15:36 CDT

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Krugerhead 340 - Day One

(L-R) Mike Bradford, Mike Smith, Toby Nipper, Janet Bradford, Everett Crozier & Dick Ulbrich

…and they’re off. Team Kruger paddlers launched out of Kansas City, Kansas this morning @ 8:00 a.m. Central Time. Mike Smith reports, “there is a ton of debris in the water” (due to high water levels). Because of this danger, Mike adds, they are “playing it by ear” as far as paddling at night. Emily Algera reports, “lots of rain last night but at least it’s not quite as hot as yesterday.” Emily adds, OC-6 has some competition - team Dorothy Jean, a 6 person canoe with a combined age probably 1/3 that of Nightspiritsix. We’re still waiting for the recipe from Emily for a Spiz-a-Rita. Our men in the field Bob Bradford and Grandson Justin are waiting at the Lexington boat ramp for team Nightspiritsixs’ first feed. Bob reports that he talked to a farmer @ Lexington and was told the river came up 12 feet overnight. Bob’s guessing the river current is around 4.5 - 5.0 mph. We will be updating the Team Kruger Canoes Facebook page with pictures as they come in.

UPDATE: CP-1 ~ Lexington
Bob Bradford @ CP1 - Lexington
Debris the paddlers have to contend with

Looks like Mark & Jack slipped past Nightspiritsix while they were feeding @ Checkpoint 1. Here's the times we have so far:
Nightspiritsix - 13:30 
Mark & Jack - 13:32
Joe Wildlife - 13:53
Mark & Lauren - 13:56
Sandy - 14:02?
Ben - 14:02?

Nightspiritsix approaching Lexington (CP-1)

UPDATE: CP-2 ~ Waverly
Nightspiritsix approaching Waverly (CP-2)

Sandy Krueger "Peacepaddler" (CP-2)

Again, Mark & Jack (16:00 CDT) pass Nightspiritsix (15:55 CDT) as they're feeding at Checkpoint 2.
We have team GoFRowe passing Waverly @ 16:40 CDT. Brian Weber checked in passing Waverly @ 18:04 CDT.

Lauren's turn to nap somewhere between CP-2 & CP-3
UPDATE: CP-3 ~ Miami

GPS on board Nightspiritsix
Blue & Magneta - Jack & Mark
We have late word from Bob & Justin that Nightspirtsix is the first boat in to Checkpoint 3 @ 19:17 CDT. With an overall average speed of 9.3 mph! Again, Mark & Jack right behind them @ 19:31 CDT. and again passing them as they're stopped feeding. Bob reports that it's a go right now for paddling through the night.

~Guest bloggers Pat, Stacy & Michael

Monday, July 7, 2014

Krugerhead 340

News from the storm front:

The logistics of The MR340 are intricate and while the MR 340 for 2014 has been rescheduled to August 10-12, (due to high water levels), Team Kruger is pushing forward with plans on still launching tomorrow (07/08) @ 8:00 a.m.

Toby "Whitecaps" testing resting quarters.
Jerry Davis, Bob & Mike Bradford
River gauges and Weather forecasts are located here.

Jerry Davis & Everett Crozier
Keep an eye on the spot tracker list in the right margin of this page & we’ll look forward to sending more updates as they come in.

Nightspiritsix crew has been busy readying the OC-6, complete with resting quarters. Mike Smith is continuing his leisure aspect to his recreation - this is tied to his recent 5 day trip to a one day Nascar race in Michigan, having gone into this trip with a 3 day lead time and clean sheets with hot showers in a hotel, we are beginning to think he might be getting soft. 

The keyboard crew back here in Michigan looks forward to sending updates as they arrive  we plan to update this page, so check back periodically.  We’ll put a note on Facebook when there’s been an update for you.

We havent received much news on how the shuttling of all these folks and boats got handled.  But of what we do know, it appears Mark P and Jack The Hammer launched from Ithaca 7 hours earlier than planned - either there's a plan to get extra sleep, or they just plain couldn't sleep and had to hit the road. They did smuggle a muzzle, (foster dog transport bound for Idaho), for Flipper & Sweep. 

~Guest bloggers Pat, Stacy & Michael