Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Mark's Spot - Click Here
Really only one true way to celebrate the first real snow; paddling into the Manistee National Forest. Jack Murgittroyd and Mark making tracks.
Mark left me a quick message said they were on an overnight; good idea to leave a float plan, one never knows what one will find on the river in December. Smart to team up as well. Looking forward to some pics of their trip to share.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Mike and I are both working on trip reports that we will have complete and posted in the next few weeks, please check back for “the rest of the story”.
If you are inspired by our journey and would like to get more involved in future Kruger Adventures please don't be shy. Get in touch with us and find out how you too can get out and have your own epic journey in this beautiful place we call home!
The Best to Everyone, the Best to All !!! - ManitouCruiser
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Mike is rested and paddling much lighter with the surprise visit from his cousin in Lowell last night. His plans are to press on and finish this evening...he's guessing around 11 pm. Way to go!!! The end is in sight!
Friday, October 8, 2010
Mike made to Lowell tonight. He said his tailbone is very sore and is stopping every few hours to walk a bit and rest it. It's slowing him down, but still plans on getting in Sunday afternoon.
Dan Smith sent some pictures from Thursday morning meeting up with Mike & Mark in Grand Haven. Steve Willard was with Dan and they picked up a few things from the guys and to see them off on their last leg of their journey. Dan wrote: They'll be finishing their journey at the canoe landing where the Verlen Kruger monument is. He will be looking over them when they come up that river, and I might add would be very proud!!!
Mike checked in at 9:30 am, he just cleared the portages and huddles in Grand Rapids. He said it's a huge relief getting those behind him. He plans to camp in Saranac tonight. He's really enjoying the sunny weather, he said the weather gods has blessed him on this trip!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Mark & Mike made it to Grand Haven around supper time last night, and they're enjoying the fine weather. They're both feeling strong and expect to be in Portland sometime Sunday afternoon.
Jack Murgittroyd called last night to let me know he'd completed the Shore 2 Shore Challenge the night before at 7:15 pm. Awesome job Jack!!! Jack said he was proud to carry the Cesar tribute across the state to the finish. He's feeling very proud of the finish...as I'm sure we all are!! He said the whole experience was amazing, and especially enjoyed the time he paddled with the 'Motley Crew'. He commented that Brian's cooking was a highlight. He loved the comradely of paddling with the group, but when it became clear that they wouldn't be finishing he decided it was time to push on alone..which he is no stranger to. Jack is hoping to find some additional time off work paddle with Mark & Mike coming up the Grand River to the finish in Portland. Next time you see Jack, pat him on the back and compliment him on his accomplishment!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I haven't heard anything from the MC6 group in a couple days, but heard through the grapevine they've dropped out and didn't finish. Mark says they're a bunch of lame losers!
Bob got the time for the other pro team that paddled to Kruger 100: Don Brooks & Nat Winkler finished in 15 hours and 56 minutes.
PM: Damage control...Mark called the guys lame losers in a joking manor, and didn't mean to hurt any ones feelings! Mark has apologized to the guys, and wants everyone to know he's proud of their dedication to get out there and endure trials and tribulations of making a long trek as this one. One thing it did do was initiate a flurry of updates from the group. Dan Smith wrote: We had to cut our trip short because of time. Left the river at the old 131 campgrounds. Todd & Brian had to be back to work and with the pace slower than we had expected and a few other details, time had run out. It however was a very good trip paddling with all the guys and being at Jerry Cesars induction to the paddlers memorial was very nice. Thanks for your interest and support, Dan.
Dan also sent this link for an article in today's Crawford County News:
http://www.crawfordcountyavalanche.com/articles/2010/10/06/news/doc4cac8e3811b9a359181053.txt Too bad they forgot to even mention Jack Murgittroyd, the only paddler to finish the whole Shore 2 Shore Challenge!
posted by Kathy
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
11:30 am : Gary finished the Kruger 100 at 11 am, he said Dan and the guys didn't catch up with him
3:15 pm : Mark & Mike have arrived in Manistee and are stopping for a bite to eat, going to the grocery store, then on to the big Lake to take advantage on a good west wind. They plan to continue southward as long as the wind holds.
8:00 pm : Bob Bradford called and said he & Janet, Mike Bradford, Ray Quick and George Stockman all finished the Kruger 100 at 1:52 am together.
posted by Kathy
Sunday, October 3, 2010
MC6 reported in at 7:40 pm: Dan broke a rudder cable again today. Slowed us up by an hour and a half. Also Todd got caught up in some logs and got flipped out of his boat. So we set up camp early to get him dried out. Jack left early this morning and haven't seen him since. We're camped just a mile down from 131.
posted by Kathy
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Jack, Dan, Todd, Jake, and Brian said they took it easy today and are camped just below the Sharon Road bridge. I know weather conditions have been far from pleasant....windy, rainy and cold, my hat off to those braving the elements!
I see that Mark is just above Tippy Dam, but I haven't heard from him today.
Mike S. just tried calling and all I got from him was low battery. Not sure what's up, he' had what appears to be a rough day and didn't cover very much ground this afternoon. Wish I got his message! I hope everyone stays warm & dry tonight!
posted by Kathy
Jason has sent pictures - they will be in the drop box album with the Shore 2 Shore pictures.
Happy paddling to those Kruger 100 participants!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Mark & Mike did the portage this morning, looks like Mark was having fun with the road sign posts along the route. It appears they started on the Manistee at 1 pm. As of 11 pm they were still paddling.... the push is on!
Posted by Kathy L.
Heads up for those in the area; the Kruger 100 starts this weekend to coincide with the Shore 2 Shore and the Tad more. Click here
Bob and Janet Bradford have sent us their SPOT information; Kruger 100 tracks - Click here Bob will be the official starter of the event; expect all era of Kruger Boats from Cruisers, Monarchs, Sea Winds - I'm sure there will be a couple of Loons there too, (crazies peeps). Word on the river is a hand full of pro-boaters will be participating tearing it up.
I half expect Toby (Whitecaps) to show up; spoke with him earlier this week as he was headed to Alabama (don't ask); he was itching to meet up with the Shore 2 Shore Boys - but something about driving white panel van back from Mexico wish precious cargo. Or maybe he said he's going to Fargo - the southern drawl had me stumped.
This is where the Capt'n signs off; turning the reigns over to Kathy L. who will do the blogging. Off to Belize for some R&R - R&D and some yummy goodness.
Paddle fast, live slow. - The Capt'n
Thursday, September 30, 2010
posted by Kathy L.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Manitou reports: Plan stands -Up by 3;30am on the water by 4:00am - Planning a 24 to 36 hour run down to Manistee; including the estimated 7 mile portage. Now that's big medicine.
McLov'n reports portaging the Mio Dam - Looking good gentleman!
Manitou reports they are pulling off for the night; The plan is to be on the water O-dark30 and push on. MC2 is on river time taking all things into consideration - like when to rest and when to push. Look for a 4:00am start.
Jake and Dan both broke rudder cables today; had the tools and the means to fix them... back on the water - and Lov'n it. I'm tempted to start calling Brian Keel "McLov'n" - borrowing the name from the smash hit teen movie "Super Bad"; what does the viewing audience think? Done!!
Manitou reports Motley Crew of 2 (MC2) are off to Grayling; hopes to knock out the portage as well today. (Grayling is named after a fish that was once prevalent to the area) This sounds like a whopper of a fish story to me!!
Brian Keel reports: On the water going to try to pass Mio dam today; It's a beautiful morning on the river!
Manitou reports: "Well first he called me a dirty dog"; "I replied with I think you got into some bad pudding." ...Law enforcement was not contacted, Motley Crew of 2 were able to work things out through diplomatic relations with Brazil. Oh that Manitou, just a crazy mixed up kid in a crazy mixed up world; Plan is to sit tight and wait for RiverRunner to portage Mio dam
Monday, September 27, 2010
It's been an uphill battle for the Motley Crew as they pick off dam after dam. A 10:10am call had the crew at the roll away resort topping off water. ( I hope they got water after this stair climb, yikes).
Jake and Todd Cesar are on an adventure to remember; Father and son, both have put in many miles in Kruger Boats.
RiverRunner reports that it has been an uphill battle today; some where around 48 miles total since the trip started. Put in a long 13 hour day, made a little bit longer with a dropped paddle, being spun out in the current and a close encounter with shore brush. All in a days paddle on Ausable.
Manitou reports seeing a double rainbow this afternoon; still raining with a 40% chance to continue the next couple of days. Current running too fast to paddle during the night. Looks like long hard 13 hour days till they hit the Manistee.
RiverRunner and Manitou are now camped and settled in for the night; stay tuned!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
The paddlers to be inducted this year are John Wojahn, Gerald Cesar, Meb Lemieux, Ronald Kienke, Ted Engel, Roger Carriere, Harold Spencer, Charles Hennigar, Marion "Mern" Ferris, Percy Jocks, Richard Kent, and Bill Schmitz
Saturday, September 25, 2010
He's been found. The worry has end; the frustration has just begun.
Manitou and Riverrunner push from the shore around 11:30am; after a relaxing evening at the AuSable Inn, time to hit the water for the Shore 2 Shore and a tad more. Goal; paddle fast live slow.
As the Shore 2 Shore team push up hill on the Ausable, a couple of lilly dipp'n duffers seek refuge at the AuSable Inn; not one to call foul, but come on boys paddles up!! OK OK...
As usual I spoke out of turn; the plan is to push off tomorrow with the"clock running". Manitou and RiverRunner are on a mission to make the dedication for Jerry Cesar and push on shortly there after, hence the delayed start to their event by one day. Tic Toc...
They want to limit their non-paddle time, so accommodations for the evening are down by the river with the AuSable Inn owners offering up tent space.
I think I smell steaks on the grille?
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Our expeditions that start this week will be dedicated to the memory of both Verlen Kruger and Jerry Cesar, two great explorers that help show us the path of modern day adventure. Jerry will be inducted into the MCRA Canoer's Memorial Monument on Sunday, September 26th at 2pm along with many other great paddlers. This date conveniently falls on the second day of our trip, only 20 or so miles upriver from Oscoda. We will pause for the dedication services and then continue on upriver afterwards.
History of the MCRA Canoer's Memorial Monument - http://miracing.com/monument_history.html
If this ain't high adventure I don't know what is!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
But before he goes, he rallies the future of paddling. Brook Emma Madison and Allison take a spin in the newly refurbished Project Lakewell 26 foot trading bateaux. Nice effort on the restoration Mike!!
Mike on the upcoming Kruger Shore to Shore.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Q. What's up with these trips, are they races or what?
KC. Well , yes and no, it's totally up to you.
We like to call them Challenges, consider this to be a Personal Challenge, how well can you perform with limited outside help?
We are offering these routes to help encourage folks to get out and push their limits while taking advantage of the beautiful resources Michigan has to offer. There is a group of us that will be definitely “racing” while there will be another group taking it a bit slower, more of a “Cruise”. Since we are not making definite time restrains you can take as long or as short as you wish.
The guidelines ( http://verlenkrugermemorial.org/id37.html ) that we have set up will hopefully give you an idea of the spirit of the events. We wish to emulate the spirit in which Verlen often traveled, captain of his own ship, taking care of himself along the length of the route.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Last year we added the cross Michigan leg to the already grueling 100 miles in 24hr original Kruger Challenge. This year in true Kruger fashion we have added yet another leg to the 100 miler and Cross Michigan Challenge.
This year we have extended the reach of these great North Woods paddles to include a short 90 miles on Lake Michigan and a quick run up the Grand River to the site of the newly dedicated statue of Verlen.
More news, views and BS of preparations from the Team Kruger crew on the way!!!
Kruger Challenges - Click here
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I think it's over; the MR340 that is. I lost contact after the altercation at the micro brew; it was hard to navigate through all the press and that DAMN home shopping network stole my press card.
Congrats to everyone that participated!!! Please add this new word to your dictionary when something goes good on the river; it's "Tobilious" Toby - li - ous .
So as they say, and "They" always say something; " Be safe America."
Friday, August 27, 2010
Flying fish knocks paddler from Mo. river race
By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press Writer © 2010 The Associated Press
Aug. 25, 2010, 6:04PM
COLUMBIA, Mo. — A fish out of water sent a Texas kayaker onto dry land instead of the finish line at an annual Missouri River endurance race.
Houston resident Brad Pennington was considered one of the favorites among men's solo racers in the Missouri River 340, a canoe and kayak race that began Tuesday morning in Kansas City, Kan. At least until a 30-pound Asian silver carp jumped more...
On an unrelated story a couple of good ole boys at the local micro brew in St. Charles got into a scuffle; Mark and Toby went flying.
It appears that a couple of beers were knocked off the bar and Mark and Toby both dove to save them (the Samaritans that they are) Quoting Toby; "We'll have none of this, alcohol abuse while I'm around" From a man that just paddled 340 miles; God Bless him!
Plenty of time for socializing; Mark met up with a Kruger design Loon owner who is a big part of Heifer International. From Nepal to Tanzania, they give back to the world.
Like an auto car rally, participants love to talk about their rides, line'em up and let's see what you brung. All shapes and sizes; crazy space age designs and the sublime. Check out the diversity in rudders; these are for the most part river specific craft.