Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Got in 20 miles on this very twisty section. Paddled the Bell Yellowstone to change things up a bit so I could kneel and take some pressure off my lower back. Slow going up river at 3 mph.
This section is pretty remote for a Southeastern Wisconsin river. Here I caught a small deer getting a drink of water as I ghosted by on my return to the put in.
All that history I imagine. - The Capt'n
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
There is some great paddling to be found below the last dam from Sauk City to Wyalusing. You'll even get a taste of ole man river, the Mississippi! Roughly 100 miles. If interested read on.... :-) or for ever hold your paddle.
So the idea would be to run in Kruger canoe style, a run what you brung event. Pack your own gear, have bank support or not... what ever works for you.
No real rules, just run a safe down river trip on one very inspiring river. It is an un-official challenge for those that want to participate. A chance to be part of a design team to maybe make it an annual event, who knows...
I would like to ask for donations in lieu of registration to go to the Kruger Memorial. No pressure, if money is tight... then just come and paddle... Mark has done so much for the youth camps I'd like to give back if possible.
A return email will suffice your interest and entry to this event. Everything is on your own, so plan accordingly. Gear Shuttle Accommodation Accountability following the law are your own. Though I am willing to assist as needed to make the event happen for you.
There is a ton of information on the web about paddling the lower 92 on the Wisconsin River. It is very scenic and a pleasure to paddle. We're going just a bit further to get it closer to 100 miles...
I have set up a message board to share ideas and information in our planning. I set up some guidelines/rules for those of you that want to...well race. :-)
Kruger Rally 100
This paddle is going forward if it is just Mark and I on the river or 10 or more of you join us... hope to see you there and look forward to your questions and enthusiasm.
Figure a 7:00am assembly with an 8:00am start time on Saturday August 30th, 2008. There is a boat ramp just north of Hwy 12 and the Wisconsin River on the west side of the river. Plenty of stores to shop for supplies near by as well as gas stations, coffee shops and boat livery.
Thanks for your interest. - The Capt'n
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Ain't life grand - The Capt'n
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Cajun Blues at Cooper's Landing
Team Texas Tail Wind
Toby at Cooper's Landing
Team Texas Tail Wind - Phil and John
Bill in his Sea Wind
Marek at Franklin Island
River John at Franklin Island
Sunset Wednesday night
Upon arriving in at Cooper's Landing, some teams have decided to push on through the night while others are taking some much needed time to rest. Everyone is hoping for a reprieve from the sun and heat for Thursday!
Update 10:13 AM: Sounds like the day has started off well. There is lots of fun and energy in the air, and the racers spirits are high. Must have been that Cajun band at Cooper's Landing! Here are a few more pictures that have come in.
River John masters the double blade!
Black Coffee and Doughnuts, stretching their legs after many many hours in their boats. After Black Coffee and Doughnuts finish the MR 340 ( in their home-made wooden kayaks!)they are planning on riding their bikes (which they have stowed inside their boats the entire race) the 300+ miles back to Kansas! Quite the adventure!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
But, the adventure is far from over for Brian and the rest of the MR340 racers and crews. A support team from Texas has graciously added Brian to their caravan, and he will be following the race with them. They will travel from CP to CP, logging the race events and taking pictures for this blog. So continue to check back, as the MR340 adventure is far from over!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
There are six Seawinds competing in the MR340 this year
Update 10:03 AM: Brian has passed the Kansas City River Side Park at just 2 hours into the race. He is cruising at 7.3 mph and feeling great! The heat is starting to bare down though, and surely he's in for a long, hot day. Time to hydrate, then hydrate some more!
Update 3:10 PM: After paddling for 7 hours and 9 minutes, Brian has cleared Check Point 1 in Lexington! He is back on the water had headed to Waverly Park (CP 2). It is extremely hot on the water and Brian reports he is feeling OK. He's hanging in there and making a steady pace towards CP 2. Wish him luck (and a cool breeze!)
Friday, July 11, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Been spending a lot of time on the lakes as the rivers in our area after the flooding are still pretty choked up and running above flood stage.
Spent this past Sunday out on one of Wisconsin's larger lakes, Lake Mendota. Met up with John and Steve from the Paddlin Shop. They went paddle sailing as I ground out the hours paddling in preparation for the MR340.
John out for the day with his daughter Nora. Lov'n the Balogh BOSS with his 38sq ft. sail. There is a great read on John's Paddlin Shop website of paddle sailing at Voyagers.
Steve takes to the water in his Windrider 16. Interesting ride I must say, but wow what an ordeal to assemble. It took us the better part of an hour with two of us rigging the boat. I needed a nap.
After a pretty full morning of O dark 30 paddling, I went down to the Student Union on Lake Mendota and met up with good friends James and Anna. It was really nice to sit back and watch all the activity out on the water. Hoofer's Sailing Club is based out of here. Fun to watch the newbies run into the dock as they attempt to get there certification to take out one of the club boats. Nothing like a couple of beers, a brat and a good dock ramming.
This week will be filled with sorting gear and making last minute preparations for the MR340. I'm going into the event pretty relaxed. My paddling has been consistent, but I can't say that I really have done any training.
Ready...Set... GO!! - The Capt'n