Sunday, October 2, 2011
A short message from Mark that he and Jack had finished before 1:00am this morning; A heck of a run, a tough challenge, doubtful that he would be doing it again. (now that's tough)
All I can say is a great effort!!
Not sure what's going on with the SPOT, I don't think SPOT is accurately reporting their present location; date and times don't match up; so this is where I take creative liberties for the viewing public.
It appears there was a kitty caught up a tree, a fishing hook in a little boy's finger and an old woman the needed walking across the street; The boy scouts Mark and Jack took care a bid - ness, receiving the keys to two small towns, and receiving two community meritorious awards have now cashed it all in and are on a whirl-wind talk show circuit.
Well that's how I heard it from Toby.
Mark SPOT -click here
Jack SPOT - click here
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Craig Belmonte called and left a message that after making the corner in hot pursuit of Mark and Jack, he got a how about and what for going up stream -quoting " I really could have used a push-pole, I went swimming more then paddled" Craig has decided to pull out.
Now I got a garbled message from some folks on the Manistee Ramble (Tim Keen (?) and company I think) though they are not on the roster to verify names; stated they are having the time of their lives and just left Tippy Dam.
Mark reports late last night (1040pm) that they had made it to High bridge after dealing with lots of fisherman at the Tippy Dam. Mark further states that temperatures have been holding so it has bee quite pleasant paddling.
Mark SPOT - Click Here
Jack SPOT - Click Here
Friday, September 30, 2011
Jim Keen dropped me a quick message; the boys are at the Mushroom Sports Bar carbo loading before the big push to the river. Hope they don't get too comfortable and order another pitcher! It's a great establishment for just this sort of thing.
Could be a soggy start but the rest of the weekend looks to be stellar for paddling.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
La Mans style start from the Mushroom Sports Bar will offer a unique starting procedure as paddlers need to portage gear and craft to river's edge.
Here is a link to Google maps where you can manipulate the view and see the course; Hodenpyl, Red Bridge and Tippy Dam mark the way - Click here
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Bob Bradford 22 hours 53 minutes
Jack Murgittroyd 25 hours 15 minutes
Mark Przedwojewski 25 hours 15 minutes
Gary Hirsch 26 hours to 5Channels Dam
Tim Keen 26 hours to 5Channels Dam
Monday, September 5, 2011
A quick peak at SPOT and we see some of the boys have made it down the Au Sable, I think; Bob Bradford called yesterday posting a finish time of 23 hours and some change, un-supported; the rest of the Klondikes have not reported in.... at all. Naughty naughty...
The scoldings and name calling will continue, till we get some answers.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Well the boys are at it again; this time over Labor Day weekend. A throw back to the 1940's when men were men and well women were not included; the ole rules said "Men Only"... oh how far we've come on the Au Sable River. This event... solo unsupported. (women welcome)
Mark's SPOT -click here
Bob's SPOT - click here
Jack's SPOT - click here
Gary's SPOT - click here
120 miles-unsupported-down the historic AuSable River
September 3rd - 4th - 5th , 2011 (Labor Day Weekend)
Start – Grayling at the Old AuSable Fly Shop at 4pm, September 3rd
Finish – Oscoda at the AuSable Inn by 8am, September 5th
All paddle craft welcome, solo, tandem or many
Rules of the paddle
Self supported at all time. Without feeders, land teams or pit crews
Portages at 6 dams along the river on established portage routes
All paddlers are responsible for their own safety at all times
Have fun and enjoy the Northern Michigan Wilderness
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
This is a great finish to a great event!!! That is a long way in one of those skinny boats they call kayaks!! Jon Holmes (red and yellow kayak) and Dan Wyns (red kayak) - Wowzer!
A rare photo opportunity finds the Hunter S. Thompson of adventure reporting hard at work; known in these parts as a cross between Twain and Hemingway; people close to him know him as the Capt'n of the O dark 30, a real William Shakespaddle.
Call him what you like, just don't call him late to the pending pig roast!
Three cheers for the Captain and crew of Gabby!!
Friday, July 1, 2011
Like the book "Find Waldo" we were coordinating a rendezvous location to pick up Lynn for the last leg of the trip; after a couple of calls it was determined we would pick up Lynn and Beverly at the boat ramp just entering the Manistee -wOo hOo...
You could sense the excitement for the finish, but there was this under lying feeling that it is coming to an end; I would say everybody left Gabby wanting more, and that my friends is a good thing.
We had Friday to look forward to and that was a free day; more story telling cocktails and possibly another outing with Gabby on the Manistee.
to be continued...
Mark and the crew splish splashed their way south in soggy conditions; crazy as there was no horizon or shoreline to be seen through fog, one becomes a little disorientated bobbing around in the mixed swell.
We were all out of sink with our paddles, clickty clack; hmmm what was the variable in this equation... hmmm MARK!!!
Seriously, it was nice having Mark aboard for the day, a new set of stories to be told and great updates on the TOM participants coming across on the Au Sable / Manistee Rivers. This my friends is one heck of an event.
paddle paddle... to be continued
Thursday, June 30, 2011
I have completed the first two pages of TOM coverage on one of my Wayfarer web sites - click here. Hope to add several more pages before I leave tomorrow for this weekend's regatta in North Bay. Special thanks to Jack and Joan for all their help throughout the adventure!!
Uncle Al (W3854)
Lynn (Project Lakewell Director) had to get off Gabby in Leland for family commitments, her son and I share the same birthday it's a mystery but this stuff happens. You mean it's not all about me?
In a vail of fog we found a young lad huddled under sail and dry bag, shivering and whining like a lost pup. Where ever did he come from?
The crew of Gabby moved in, "Step Closer Lad" - a little closer, don't be frightened, the giant of a man that stands before you is just "Toby", but every high seas voyage needs one."
The lad inched his way forward frightened; we pondered a bit, Yes! We needed a cabin boy for the last leg of our journey."Cabin Boy, welcome aboard! Hey don't pet the Toby."
When the fog lifted a bit, the sun cast silver beams of light, we recognized our new cabin boy to be non-other than Mark ManitouCruiser, Race Director!!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The weather was dicey most of the day, we were blown off the water at one point with dropping clouds lightening and torrential rain; No worries though, today was the day of the fool - it was my birthday.
The day is a bit of a blur with all the rain; but we did make time to play in the mud, the crossing of Platte Bay, the fluttering green flag that looked like a signal mirror 2 miles out, the ominous Doppler ball that haunted me for 12 hours and that greeting we all dread coming off the water - when the ranger says, "Welcome, (not) you can't stay here"
Fortunately our intrepid land crew has found the Platte River Campground with all the amenities; we even scored a group site that reminded me of a theater in the round with platforms to pitch tents and an awesome fire pit.
But the highlight for me was the crew found the time to get a birthday cake, card and presents! The topper was a great bottle of wine, Label reading "Ship of Fools" - too funny...
to be continued...
Gary Hirsch, Uncle Al and W1321 Wayferers
In an unseasonably cool week in northern Michigan, gentleman adventurers, Gary Hirsch and Uncle Al, got the perfect variety of weather conditions June 18 through 24 that enabled them to show off the magnificent capabilities of Gary's Wayfarer Solje as they completed the nearly 300 miles (green course outlined below) of the 2011 Tip of the Mitt Adventure. more...
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
A "Tip of the Hat", to the crew on day 2.
The crew following the pace set by marathon racer Bob Bradford. Fresh from a good nights rest we stroke with cadence and confidence. Of course the occasional clanging of paddles is heard as we sharpen our skills working desperately to keep pace with Bob, the Bobber Bradford.
My wingman/sailor Brian urgently dons his leather gloves as the spinnaker is full blown and demands his utmost attention. If the Captain looses control at the helm Brian will quickly dowse the sail to save the 26' Voyager Canoe from floundering in heavy seas. We broach the waves a couple times and on command this stellar crew brakes to the right to bring her under control. We mount a charge into a four foot trough creating the sensation of a submarine about to ascend into the depths. Gabby holds her own and pops up like a cork, the bow spewing water and creating its own waves as we continue our blistering pace and white knuckle ride. The crews enthusiasm and laughter is followed by a roller coaster ride never to be forgotten.
We had a very successful Tip of the Mitt Adventure event this year. On behalf of the Verlen Kruger Memorial Board, I would like to thank everyone that took part and played a roll in it's beautiful unfolding!
Many took part in full and half adventures out in Lake's Huron and Michigan as well as on the Ausable and Manistee rivers. The routes were tough and grueling at times, yet pleasant and enjoyable and very memorable for all . The routes pass through some of the Great Lakes regions most historical and pristine areas and offers a great challenge to all who seek it.
Thank you all for your continued support and your unquenchable thirst for the joy that is always hidden within the adventure!
Supporters of Tip of the Mitt 2011
Joan & Jack Cramer
Emily & Ben Algera
The Verlen Kruger Memorial Board
Team Project Lakewell
United States Canoe Association
The Przedwojewski Family
The WaterTribe Family
Insta Launch Campground and Marina
The Towns, Marinas and People of; Oscoda, Alpena, Mackinaw, Leland, Mio, Grayling, Mesick and Manistee as well as all the other helpful people that took care of our adventurers along the way.
Fast Signs of Traverse City
Thank you all, we look forward to working with you again next year for the Tip of the Mitt Adventure 2012! ~ Mark
As we bid good day to the hospitality of our support crew and John at the Nature Center, Darin who is doing the event paddles up after stealth camping just down from Gabby.
A hoot and a holler, words of encouragement shared; the day called for 2 big bay crossings and with the weather forecast calling for wind and waves the crew was anxious to get underway.
Darin hung with us momentarily, but once the sails went up we wuz gone.
Things you don't expect out on the water is Bob putting his paddle down; being up in the bow and before things really started to get hairy - Bob snaps of a picture as the seas start to build.
We were committed, following seas and the far point of the bay in the distance, we are at the point of no return, no going back, laughter and hoots can be heard by the crew of Gabby as we surf /sail our way south.
A shore break made for some good laughs as it was hard to take care of "housekeeping" with 7 other crew members in such close quarters, we pulled over and everyone scurried to the bush only to find out we had made landfall at a Leelanau State Park with a bunch of people milling around - surprise surprise.
The hours clicked by, and evening was upon us, winds howling and waves 3 to 4 foot; the decision was made to pull off the water for the night.
We pulled off at Leland and met our support crew. Harbor master offered us HOT HOT HOT showers, just don't use the ones on the left; it would have been nice if he had mentioned that. :-/
It was nice to get off the water, but the search for a place to stay in the quaint village of Leland proved futile. A trek back north 21 miles to the Leelanau State Park (wern't we just here for lunch and a potty break, dang!) was our home for the night; big cracks of thunder and crashing waves kept us company this evening.
It looked like we would be off the water tomorrow with the reports calling for more of the same. To be continued...
Monday, June 27, 2011
Incredible amount of energy around the launch of Gabby; all the planning and preparation complete, we push from shore on one of those once in a life time adventures.
The crew gels quickly, spirits high; Bob sets the pace and the rest of us follow, sorta. Lots of paddles clanking that first day as we sort it all out. A north easterly wind builds, setting us up for a nice sail down the coast.
Making good time, our first goal was to clear the tour boats and Mackinaw Bridge which went without incident, next up round wilderness point and head south down the coast, destination Manistee.
We looked desperately for the cut, missed it and had to keep a keen eye as we made our way through a labyrinth of rock gardens to blue water.
A quick break on the lee of wilderness point and we were cruising again. The time went fast as stories of adventure unfolded; conversations were intimate as the wind on the water made it hard for everyone to hear. I sat for the most part behind Bob, Toby to the side and Michael behind me - good times.
The Camaraderie, the bonding of the crew - Fabulous week . . . indescribable . . . if you don't have a plethora of paddlers in your list of friends . . . you're missing the boat! - Beverly Williams Wilson
As we made our way South conditions building, a call went out to our land crew; the search was on for a place to meet up and make camp.
A diligent support crew is very important to an adventure like this; they scored big as they found us unbelievable accommodations at the Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.
Don (support crew) worked the magic and turning on the charm finds out that John Riggs manager of Thorne Swift was part of Project Lakewell a few years back and knew Captain Mike and Project Lakewell Director Lynn; we had ourselves a reunion of sorts, not to mention running water and flush toilets. It felt a little like we were on a swank European bike tour with all the good eats and fancy accommodations - to be continued...
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Captain's nav table had all the fixings, here's a shot of the set up; SPOT, GPS, RADIO and throw bag. Safety first as we went through procedures for capsize and an man over board.
The stories flowed in the bow as the "Bobber" told tale of cold water immersion. Nothing like actual stories to educate the crew on survival.
Wing-man: "Captain Mike sir, may I have a word with you about living conditions aboard Gabby?"
Captain Mike: "ARRR,"
Another in depth interview from KCA.
Actually the weather was ominous; the Captain doing what he should do, evaluating conditions
Being in an open canoe with 7 crew has its responsibilities; Nice job Captain Mike, I'd paddle / sail with you anywhere.
(I quickly became Toby's Wing-man as we sat next to each other bench #2 in Gabby.)
Friday, June 24, 2011
Hell bent for glory Team Project Lakewell completes the 1/2 mitt Mackinaw to Manistee 168 miles in 4 days, Captain Mike Smith (arrr), Bob and Janet Bradford, Mike Doty, Marissa (Boo) Weber, Toby (whitecaps) Nipper, Lynn Johnson, Brian (Capt'n O Dark30) Weber tearing up the Big Pond of Lake Michigan.
"Paddles up" to the Crew of Gabagouache and three cheers for Captain Mike for pulling us all together: Hip hip hurray, Hip hip hurray, Hip hip hurray!
An epic trip with big water, high adventure and plenty of laughs.
We had the seasoned land crew of Beverly, Mike and Don - Which turned our trip into the Bed and Breakfast Adventure. Wow, you've never seen such a spread of good food, good cheer and support.
More to follow in the days to come!!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Kim Cofinstine who was paddling the inside route called this afternoon to report he pulled out at the Sharon Road bridge and has a motel room in Kalkaska nursing a bad case of the flu. He sounded disappointed to have to quit, but also sounded like he sure didn't feel well.
Eva called and said Jack made it to Mesick and was spending the night with friends. She said he was looking forward to a warm bed. A night to recharge batteries, his own and his lights and cell phone. He plans on leaving at 6 am and figures he has a 12 hour paddle to the end.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Grant wishes to thank his lovely wife for the 61st. birthday present (June 17) of allowing him this week to make this journey, to whom when he calls her, reports slow winds, no rain and no thunder :-)
Special thanks to Hank in Aura, MI for the weather reports, and to Bruce for help with Gretchen-Fetchen.
Also if anyone gets the opportunity today, wish Brian Weber a happy birthday!
John Craun was camped near Grant and Valdi last night and departed around the same time Grant and Valdi left for their crossing of Little Grand Traverse Bay however, John followed the shore line and did not make the big crossing.
Eva let me know that Jack was back on the water at 9 am. He said the water is fast, so should make good time, but said he is tired. Eva said he is in good spirits, but misses Dan for a navigator...is that why he ended up on the North Branch???
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Looking at the weather radar, there are a lot of wild storms going on all over the state...lets pray everyone stays safe out there!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Grant & Vlad where going to stop in Mackinaw City, make some repairs and then continue on.
Dan was still heading north.
Gary & Al called at 7:30 pm and said they have been at check point 2 since 11:00 am resting and napping waiting for the winds and waves to calm so they can continue on.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
At 4 pm Grant & Vladamir were at Rocker City and Gary & Uncle Al were just north of there. Jack hopes to send us some pictures tomorrow.
At 6:30 pm Dan W. was north of Presque Isle and plans to press on into the night. Dan also said that John H. is ahead of him, but John hasn't checked in with us yet.
Jack also reported the Coast Guard called for a progress report which Jack gave him.
Ben got some great photos of us out on the water; check out the photos on his FaceBook.
We are now waiting for the big guns to arrive, Toby (the terror) Nipper and Bob and Janet Bradford.
Life is good at the Tip of the Mitt
At around 11 am Jack M. was at the fast water above Loud Pond and half way to Alcona Dam, thought he would arrive in about 2 to 3 hrs.
Last night John H. was at South Point at 8 pm and at 11 pm made it to Thunder Bay.
At 7:30 am this morning Grant & Vladamir made it to check point 1.
7:30 am Dan W. made it through check point 1.
9 am Rord W. was through North Point with very windy conditions. His GPS quit working but was pressing on.
Gary & Uncle Al anchored south of the Platte River last night.
1:30 pm Grant & Vladamir were at the old Textile Light and sailing swiftly.
Not sure when the call came in from the Eclipse, said they rowed from Harrisville to half way across Thunder Bay last night until 3 am when the winds picked back up so they continued under sail. They stopped at Rock Port and sad it looked like their competitor got past them. They Plan on stopping for the night in Rogers City.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
At 5:20pm the sailboat Eclipse with Grant & the Crazy Russian has passed the Harrisville Marina. They said they were a bit over 25 miles from the launch and about 24 miles from Alpena. They were pressing on with steady NE winds they had all day.
Mark called about 8:00 pm and said he'll try to call me in the morning to give me the names of all who are paddling & sailing in this event. Should help me know who I'm getting updates from, so I don't make too many mistakes :-). Mark also said that Dan, Jack and Brandon were doing awesome, that at 4:30 this afternoon they were already 26 miles upriver and going strong. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable event!
Posted By Kathy L.
Up here in Mackinaw Team Project Lakewell is working the magic; after trying a variety of sails we settled on the Balogh Classic Canoe Sail on a custom mast, an old school PAS 15 sq foot sail and the tarp spinnaker from Cooke custom sewing. We got options babe e.
High winds kept us off the water today but we did dry sail it on the trailer; looking good.
Ben Emily (CP coordinators) and their cherubs made it to the campground, life is good on the tip of the Mitt.
Friday, June 17, 2011
KCA: What are your thoughts about the up coming Tip of the Mitt small boat challenge?
Manitou: Dude, did you bring over any Wisconsin Beer?
KCA: So as the event unfolds, what are your predictions for the finish?
Manitou: Dude, how many pieces of chicken did you have?
KCA: We understand that Kruger Canoe world headquarters is under renovation?
Manitou: Dude, don't sit there.
This has been an up close in depth interview with Kruger Canoe owner Mark "ManitouCruiser" (man of little words, man of action) leading up to the Tip of the Mitt.
First launch 6-18-11 Saturday; watch for more thrilling up dates and interviews.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
September 30 to October 3 2011
Expedition Style- self supported at all times
participants are assumed masters of their ship
with safe piloting skills and efficient wilderness traveling technique
Start at the Mushroom Bar and Grill in downtown Mesick @ 3pm on September 30
portage 1 mile on M-115 to the Manistee River
put in and head down stream
over and down 2 hydro dams
To Manistee Lake
South to the Little Manistee River
up river to Johnson Bridge
portage north on Brooks Rd. 3 miles to Irons
Finish at Jackie's Place by 3pm October 3
$30 suggested donation to the Verlen Kruger Memorial
the Manistee Ramble
Mesick to Manistee
September 30 to October 1, 2011
Expedition Style- self supported at all times
participants are assumed masters of their ship
with safe piloting skills and efficient wilderness traveling technique
Start at the Mushroom Bar in downtown Mesick @ 3pm on September 30
portage 1 mile on M-115 to the Manistee River
put in and head down stream
over and down 2 hydro dams
To the town of Manistee
Finish at Instalaunch Campground by 3pm October 1
$15 suggested donation to the Verlen Kruger Memorial
You can't leave these kids alone for a minute; they get into so much ----FUN!
Looks like we got some fun in the sun and then sum for Autumn. More info to come at the Verlen Kruger Paddling Events
Monday, May 30, 2011
Jacob Cesar, like a bullet, was long gone. Mark P. and Todd C. and myself hung together for about 2 miles. Then Mark and I decided to pick up the pace to catch young Cesar. The first bridge he was already up by 6 minutes and still going strong. What an adventure! Somewhere after about 15 portages, we finally caught up to Jacob. The three of us paddled as a team 18 miles to Pleasant Valley Road. Thank God Kathy L. was just pulling up in her truck or we may have gone passed that bridge. Things look a little different going the other way. We pulled our boats onto the road and set our wheels for the 7 mile portage. As I was putting on my shoes, I discover 8 leaches on my feet. Young Cesar burned them off and we set off on our portage. I was cramping so much that we had to take a lot of breaks. Mark and Jacob were very patient with me during this difficult time. Kathy L. met us at the top of heart attack hill with water and high spirits. Kathy L. does so much for us, and we all love her so much for caring. We rolled our boats down the hill and set up camp. The Chippewa River was running real fast when we set in at 6:00 am Sunday morning. My seat and foot pegs were out of place and was having trouble adjusting them while going down stream. I got snagged on a couple of rocks and rolled my boat. Jacob and Mark witness this and came to my rescue. Mark asked if I was hurt and I replied "Only my pride". Off we went towards Midland . Jacob ran the rapids through Mt. Pleasant,while Mark and I wheeled around that dangerous area.
Mark was real sick and dropped out at the Nature Center in Midland. That was a totaled of 84 miles. I felt very sad that Mark could not continue but, understood his decision. Jacob and I paddled up the Pine River about 4 miles and made camp. Huge storms rolled through that evening and the Pine River rose about 12 inches over night. Jacob did not hear any thunder that evening. He slept through the whole thing. We set in the Pine River Monday morning at 6:00 am and paddled 25 miles up stream. We took a much needed break during the day, in which teams Dan S. and Charlie P., Mike L. and Jim K., and Brandon L. and Friend showed up on their way to Midland. We visited for about 10 minutes and it was great to see them.
Off they went towards midland, and Jake and I set our goal on Saint Louis. We were rested up a little took an hour break and ate some food. paddled into the nite and fell short of our goal. We camped near Clark road, got up Tuesday around three a.m. paddled into Saint Louis around six thirty.
Our spirits were up lifted and a couple of my employees meet us out on the river for a visit. I purchased a spot so they new exactly where we were. Jake and I paddled to Cesar crossing and took another two hour break. We set back in and came to Sumner park and Todd picked us up and took us home so we could finish Wednesday. My sister is up from North Carolina and wanted to watch us finish and go to the ceremony at eight p.m., so we planed a noon start to finish at that time, but thunder storms were rolling in , so we dropped weight (gear) and went at a fast pace.It ended up taking us five and a half hours to go that ten miles.The water was very fast in some places.I also asked Jake if he would like to sprint from Madison road to lumberjack bridge for all the bragging rights . Young Jake nailed me by a half of boat length , congratulations Jacob this was a lot of fun, you are the man. You won the bushwhacker and Backwhacker back to back! All my love and respect to all teams and people who started this great adventure. -Jack Murgittroyd.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Jake and Jack in the final stretch, working that paddle magic to complete the grueling "Backwhacker"; This is one tough event! Nice effort boys a dip of the paddle to you.
Craig and Trevor Belmonte on the BushWhacker make the final push to finish minutes before their intended personal goal - wOo hOo.
Raging bonfire plenty of high fives, the cocktails and stories flowed, way to go ladies and gents; pictures and stories to follow when everyone gets their land legs.
Well, they got off the river at 8:00 pm last night and enjoyed a few stories before heading home to their own beds. They will finish today.
Todd Cesar picked them up at Sumner Park with food and drinks. Jack walked in the door around 9:30 looking for a hot bath and a warm bed. Will head back out to the river around noon to set back in and finish in Lumberjack Park around 7:00 tonight for the award ceremony.
So family and friends come on out and cheer everyone in and celebrate. Ceremony is at 8:00 pm and would love to see all you there.
Thanks for all the support and help. It is truly appreciated. Continue to support the guys on the river completing the Bushwhacker for it is no small feat that they do; As Verlen would say "Just keep moving." - EVA Reporting
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
To coin a phrase from Jim Woodruff; "It's been like herding cats" trying to follow the Bushwhacker, Backwhacker, 1/2 whacker, Sprint Whacker. My goodness, have I missed anything?
Thanks to all that called, messaged, emailed and beat the drum to share information.
Charlie and I have a real understanding on how the Green Monster canoe paddles now. It is a heavy canoe to move around in tight places and takes a lot of work getting it over all the dead fall. Saying that it is a very stable canoe and goes down the river at a very good speed. The thing we talked about most is how in the Hell did Verlen portage this heavy canoe all them miles. He had to have been obsessed and a little crazy. - Dan Smith
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Looks like the rains last night really slow the guys down today. Jack called at 930 pm est they are at Harrier Farms which is about 7.5 miles north of St. Louis He is waiting for Jake to catch up, he has hurt his rotator cuff, so he has slowed down. They will decide if to camp there or go on.
Jack is pretty sure they won't make it Lumberjack Park by Tuesday. This is wide and open country and not much to portage, so the section beyond Alma will take longer. We hear that Todd is out and don't know how the guys going the other way are doing. I have had much trouble with this site and it is because of internet 9 you have to update somehow. I got help. Well more as I hear from Jack thanks and great job guys. EVA
Mark and Cathy report that Todd is out, not feeling well at all and had to cut his adventure short, pulled out at the Nature Center.
Brian Keel reports that his boys Michael and Brandon (11yrs and 13yrs old) paddled with heart. They finished up almost to Midland; Brian pushes on to finish the Bushwhacker 150.
Monday, May 23, 2011
The boys hope to make it to Alma tonight. "Mark, bring back my TP!" I guess Mark left and went home he is sick with a runny nose, (hence the tp is gone Jack lent it to him to blow his nose) Let hope for a good paddle today. Jake is doing great. Wet from the rain but, great. Sign Eva
Mark is crashed out at the Nature Center; hunkering down as the storms pass through. Looking for a ride from Dan and company as the make their way to the Nature Center.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Todd adding a bit more mileage as he gets turned around on the portage; by 4:50PM he made it to the US 27 bridge and going to push it to dark.
Trevor and Craig making good time; 12:20PM they were working up the Chippy River.
Bruce called in and said he had a great trip; ended up doing the 1/2 Whacker, lots more down fall then he expected by Cesar Landing - Bonus!! Bruce got to see a week old fawn on rivers edge.
Got a message this evening from Mark; It appears he is dropping out do to be ill. He's been battling a cold and its got the best of him; still in great spirits, pulled out at the Nature Center. Jack and Jack pushed forward on the Pine for a couple more hours, then camping for the night.
Looks like Bob completed the 1/2 Whacker 11:07AM - Nice effort Bob.
George S 10:19am
Mike S 10:20am
Jason K 10:41am
Tony P 10:45am
Carl C 10:54am
Randy M 11:04am
Chris M 11:04am
Steve B / Lynn L 11:06am
Troy G 11:44am
Sarah G 11:54am
Ryan G / Jake G 11:54am
Glen S / Cole T 12:18am
Nice effort Ladies and Gents!! ~ Kathy Lischkge Reporting
Splish Splash ~
Mark called at 6:49 AM, it would appear a rock garden took Jack by surprise and he went for a swim, nothing like an early morning dip in the pond to wake you up in the morning; Already in the 60's so they dumped water and kept pushing onward. They're a couple miles down the Chip already hoping to turn the corner and make the Pine. Mark Reporting
Out of the Mist~
The Jet (Ben) hit the Chippewa Nature Center at 11:46 PM. Nearly missed the canoe launch in the dark and drizzle, but found it and is now putting up his tent since he couldn't talk me into picking him up in the middle of the night. Hoping to stay dry and get some sleep once the coffee and Snickers wear off. Quote of the night "OK, I gotta go sleep now. Can you bring food and dry underwear with you tomorrow?" Emily Reporting.
Nothing like taking your canoe for a walk~
Mark dropped me a quick message at 9:40 PM that they completed the portage and are going to bed down for the night, looking for a big push tomorrow. Jake Jack and Mark are all traveling together, everyone in good spirits.
Kathy Lischkge has called but we keep missing each other due to bad cell coverage; she's out there checking on people as they make their way around the course.
Missed the time of the call~
Carl Cole called to say that Todd Cesar is around two miles from the portage and will grab some ZZZ's before portaging; sounds like he is doing well. Cesar legacy - click here
Saturday, May 21, 2011
His updates tend toward "Nice river, great day, having fun" Feel free to embellish as necessary :)
Emily Algera - (Whacker Backer)
The navigable portion of the Pine is approximately 67 miles in length; At base flow, the mainstream of the Pine River averages two feet in depth. It has an average gradient of 12 feet per mile, sheesh that IS an uphill paddle!
Dan Smith Reporting
Friday, May 20, 2011
Just a reminder if you go screen right we have a few participants that have SPOT navigation; which makes it fun to see the event, view the route and estimate time of arrivals to certain locations for bridges and shoreline paddle bys.
If anyone gets pics and wants to share, send them to me as the event(s) unfold; to brian0017 AT yahoo DOT com
Monday, May 16, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
With the restoration complete the 21' tandem canoe that journeyed 7000 miles across the continent poses for a few glamor shots in front of the Verlen Kruger Memorial.
Today the Green Monster returns for another historic paddle, as does Ole #10 another Verlen restoration. Both will be participating in the Hugh Heward 2011.
Thanks Mike for sending us your spot information!
Ole # 10 - Mike Smith
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Movie Trailer - Purchase the movie on Amazon
Dared to go Beyond 30 Years of Reflection
by Norm Miller
In 2001 I interviewed Verlen Kruger and Clint Waddell about their historic record paddle journey by canoe. It was the 30th anniversary of this endeavor; which to me is one of the most incredible canoeing accomplishments ever.
The story below I compiled from that interview in hopes of getting it published in a canoeing magazine. I had been a friend of Verlen's since 1997 when one day I just decided to call him on the phone and talk adventure. This is just one of our many conversations. Sadly Verlen passed away in August of 2004 after a long bout with cancer. - more....