Tuesday, September 16, 2014
But in the end we spoke dragon boat and were able to pull off a second place finish out of 22 teams - Not bad for a bunch of Kruger heads who forgot what a wood paddle feels like, not to mention the unique bench seating of a Dragon Boat. 1800lbs of boat careening down the river is something to behold.
Team Kruger would like to give a shout out to the organizers of the event and bring awareness to their cause - to the survivors everywhere from domestic violence to cancer.
I would also like to thank Mike Smith for his persistence, his dedication and leadership for pulling together a team of misfits for the event; till we paddle again, it's back to misfit island!!
Sunday, September 7, 2014
But the real joy is coming in from an event and seeing the enthusiasm of your favorite fans!! Now this is cool, very cool.
Keith rolled in at 9:39 pm while Ben Mark and Lauren were in dreamland; word on the river is James may have pulled out at 5 channels dam (unconfirmed) - and if I were a guessing man I'd say Lori and Wendy are still on the river enjoying a fine trip.
I am not sure about the others that participated as they did not SPOTS or check in during the event; but I will say this - somebody put a paddle in this little Dude's hands cause he wants to tear it up!!
Over and out!!
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Mark and Lauren working their way to Cooke Dam
I found the list; here are the players for 2014:
Ben Algera - Sea Wind
James B Hart - Sea wind
Wendy Brinson - Canoe
Lori Blaylock - Yak
Keith Wojahn - Sea Wind
Mark Rowe - Cruiser
Lauren Fry - Cruiser
Friday, September 5, 2014
As for Rum aye; the stereotype of the rum-crazed, profligate Pirate - quoting Robert Louis Stevenson : "When a cruise is done, why, it's hundreds of pounds instead of hundreds of farthings in their pockets. Now the most goes for rum and a good fling, and to sea again in their shirts."
Translation: " we drink we paddle we drink we paddle and go to sea in our shirts cause we can't find our pants"
Stevenson also gave the world the most famous sea chantey that no real pirate ever sang:
"Fifteen men on a dead man's chest, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil be done with the rest, Yo ho ho and a bottle or rum!"
Drink and the devil be done with the rest, Yo ho ho and a bottle or rum!"
I on the other hand need to up my game; more Oreos and Rum --- paddle on!!
The Players: Team Kruger
The Event: Au Sable River Fall River Run 2014
A typical Kruger-head unsanctioned event - the word gets out about the run via social media, obscure texts and the occasional face to face talk in the glow of a raging campfire - everyone is on their own, unsupported expedition style - the objective, complete within 24 hours.; the goal, living the Kruger Canoe Dream.
This particular run down the Au Sable will test your resolve, its a brutal test of fortitude when you push through the night into the wee hours of the morning to complete in 24 hours.
A word from Ben:
"Myself and a few others are running the AuSable River from Grayling to Oscoda tomorrow, starting at 4pm and shooting for a sub 24hour finish. Follow along here: " Follow with SPOT - HERE
From Mark and Lauren:
"Off to a great start! Giant storm with SCARY lightning in front of us as we drove north. Hence we stopped at a hotel just south of grayling and were surprised by this awesome hotel room art! Hopefully campers can get some sleep ahead if the run. The good news is that the stream should be rising!" Follow with SPOT - HERE
I'm not sure how many others are paddling this weekend, but I will try to follow along, post the insanity, add a little humor and of course take creative liberties, cause that's what I do!!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Cograts to Mark and Rick who made the daunting journey across Lake Michigan!! WOO HOO!! Nice Run Boys!!
Mother nature was cooperative (not send them 8' seas); but she did make herself known with wind on the nose and a couple of rouge waves that roll up on you like a freight train.
The distant lights from shore, east and west send a subtle message, putting things into perspective; you're a long way from shore - a humbling experience.
So the wind clocking to the east caused havoc and slowed their progress immensely; Changing it up they bared off to follow the breeze making land fall around 100p this afternoon, their goal achieved.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
So there you have it, the parting shot - onward to South Manitou Island!! Sunday comes early when you're paddling a Kruger!!
Friday, August 22, 2014
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."
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...
Thursday, August 21, 2014
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.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
|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
|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 "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!
PROUD TO BE A KRUGERHEAD!
~Guest bloggers Pat, Stacy & Michael