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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Missouri River 340 ~ Pre-Race

Bob Bradford, Jerry Davis, Everett Crozier & Toby
Everett Crozier & Jerry Davis
The paddler migration to Kansas has begun, as the race is now 2 days away. Rumor has it Mark & Jack were looking at scoring extra points with race organizers by helping with foster dog shuttle services across the country (Idaho)? More to come on that. Michigan is living up to its reputation as a paddling machine factory, as half the Nightspirtsix crew are all Michiganders. Almost 4 centuries (389 years to be exact) worth of paddling talent in the OC-6 alone! Mike Smith reports from the field that the river is “cooking!” River speed is going to be a factor with water levels being much higher (projected to be @ 65.6kcfs) than average. This will make for some great finish times. If their not getting excited by now, check for a pulse. 

~Guest bloggers Pat, Stacy & Michael

Mike Bradford, Justin, Janet Bradford & Everett Crozier
Mike Smith, Mike Bradford & Toby Niper