Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
I have been thinking about the MR340 over the past couple of days, reflecting. What an outstanding experience to have had.
I see the event in three phases. The before, the during and the after. Here is a little insight on the before.
I was very fortunate to have been teamed up with Mark from Kruger Canoes. We had a great time. We scouted the route checking out all the CP's and socializing with the locals. My favorite story is our visit to Cooper's Landing.
But first I must talk about the bucket toilet I made for the cruiser. A 2 1/2 gallon bucket with a bagging system which would allow us to use the "head" while underway in the cruiser. As our plan was never to get out o the boat during the MR 340. Good idea gone bad and never tested...
Anyway Mark was pretty clear that he wasn't going to use the bucket "head" ever and then we arrived at Copper's Landing. After a short walk to the bathroom at Cooper's, Mark returned to our campsite... "Dude where's the bucket" --- Lets just say the bucket was the best option.
I got a lot of mileage out of that experience. We left Stan, Dana, Dawn and Alan shaking their heads.
Another worthy experience to mention as long as we are on the relieving yourself subject. I did have diarrhea during the whole event. Six minutes before the start I was in the "woods". Mark was like, Dude, thanks for joining us.... :-) Let the adventure begin.
I also would like to mention that the pre-race meeting was the best I have ever experienced. Very entertaining and informative. Outstanding overview of the days that follow.
And that's all I have to say about that... Tomorrow I will get into the first day of the race.
To pee or not to pee, that is the question - The Capt'n
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Some fun facts:
1. I set a person record of paddling 340 miles in 59 hours and 26 minutes.
2. Mark and I did the first 138 miles in 24 hours, followed by another 130 in the next 24 hours.
3. We figured we each did over 180,000 paddle strokes in the 340 miles. 50+ a minute.
4. You can't eat too much or drink too much in an event like this.
5. When your stomach starts to turn sour, frosted mini wheat's are the ticket.
6. We used 80 lbs. of ice on our journey. 30 gallons of liquids.
7. This was the best run event I ever competed in. A pure joy.
8. Friendship - priceless! Two of my best friends in the whole wide world, Mike and Tommy ditched work drove 378 miles to see us finish. What a great way to end the challenge.
Over the next few days I will come back to the blog and tell our story... But right now the wind is light, the sun shines bright.... You guessed it. Laura and I are off for an early morning paddle.
Hot roast beef and gravy, now that's what I am talking about!! - The Capt'n
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
In a shroud of darkness, "Old Blue" stands tall at the boat launch at Boscabel. A rare pre-MR340 photo, the cover has been pulled back, the logos sponsor names and numbers have been fixed.
Monday, July 16, 2007
We paddled up the Oconomowoc River to one of our favorite places to stop for ice-cream, The Kiltie Drive In. It's a 50's style drive-in that offers frozen custard, car hops and some of the best burgers in town. Our family has frequented this drive in for over 50 years.
A short hike up the trail to old Hwy 16. Marissa isn't posing for the camera, she really has to use the bathroom. She'll really appreciate this comment on the blog and on her wedding day. Dad's don't get mad they get even. :-)
I told the girls this great childhood story about jumping off a bridge we just went under. As the story goes, I cut my foot on some glass and needed 6 stitches. Emily went straight to the triple dog dare. Marissa took her up on it and was going to jump off the bridge into the river as I did 40 years earlier.
There are no photos to show the out come of this endeavour. Police arrived on the scene and thwarted Marissa's efforts to repeat history. As the story was told by the police officer, a kid jumped off a couple years ago broke his neck and was paralyzed. My bad, all fingers pointed to me. The officer was slightly amused as he was local and had jumped many times himself as a kid.
There is nothing like a day, like a day on the water with your daughters - The Capt'n
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I recognized a couple of people and said my hellos. Next thing I knew, I was in some sort of round robin, mini race series. Each race was short lasting around 20 minutes. The premise was to go hard and then some.
We would switch partners after each race allowing the opportunity to paddle with someone different. It was very exhilarating with challenging buoy roundings and a bit of wake riding.
It sure was different then the type of paddling I am used to. When I paddle solo, I pretty much am in tune with my surroundings. The wildlife the sun the wind. In the pro boat my focus was pretty much not to fall out or tip the boat. My goal was met. I enjoyed the opportunity to paddle bow and stern in these very fast canoes.
For more information on the Wisconsin Canoe Racing Association, head on over to their website for a look see.
To canoe is to be moved -Doug E. Bell
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The phone calls have increased, e-mails are flying and our gear is carefully being sorted and packed.
It's all down river from here. The stars are aligned, it's all coming together. How fun it has been in preparation of the MR340. Thanks Mark!! Thanks Dawn!!
I paddled easy today, coffee on board and enjoyed the morning...
Now is the time to reflect on all the long "FUN" hours of paddling over the past few months It's the mental game, seeing it all unfold, watching it happen, a complete and total immersion.
Let's paddle- The Capt'n
Monday, July 9, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Thank you so much for letting us know how well he did! He said that everyone was very proud of him.. He has come such a long way.. He said that he wants to go on more trips with them. I'm really glad that everyone was really happy with Dale. It makes me want to cry happy tears. Could you please forward this message to Brain or give me his phone #. Dale has made him a card also...
Thank you guys for doing this for him he'll never forget it. It was a really good learning experience for him Thank you all again!
Time to make a difference - The Capt'n
Monday, July 2, 2007