Friday, April 17, 2015

C2C'd Déjà vu event

Déjà vu, literally "already seen", is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has been experienced in the past, which is often not the case while in a Kruger crafted watercraft paddling for 48 hours straight. what your actually seeing is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has been experienced in the past... I digress...

So Jack "the hammer" dropped in unexpectedly and decided to the C2C course - again (Déjà vu); experiencing it for the first time, again and again.

 Michael Jackson we know where you can find a match for that missing glove.

 Clueless what this picture represents, but somehow it reminds me of something - Déjà vu I think that canoes are best paddled then pulled.
The infamous drag your Kruger through the woods scenario; let no rock, no stone,no embankment impede my need to keep moving!!
Jack on the move from left to right. see SPOT for current updates main page upper right quadrant

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Hughy 2015

"Happy are they who dream dreams and have the courage to make them come true." -Verlen Kruger
If you dare to dream - click here

Sunday, April 12, 2015

C2C campus to coast (update 9)

Through a tangled labyrinth or cryptic posts, texts messages and the occasional email - I have surmised that it was a knock down drag out paddle to the finish as Mark and Lauren tried to reel in the lead boat; I don't know much [crowd nods eagerly] but I am sure we will see a full race audit from Mark and Lauren on their blog.  The drums beat loud as they were at a 30 minute deficit and reeled them in within a couple of minutes - now that's adventure racing.

Here is a shot of the finish from the C2C website in the daylight. The camaraderie at these events is outstanding.  I hear the chest of gold bullion for the winners will be awarded at 7pm or was it a beer mug? - can't remember I'm all a dither.

Here's what it looks like under the glow of a red light (for night vision) - Ben's GPS says it all.  Congrats to those that took on the daunting challenge, experienced all that is grand about the Grand River. Hats off to the organizers and spectators that cheered them on.  Until we meet again - Watch your top notch, and keep your powder dry.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

C2C campus to coast (update 8)

Teaching your canoe to heel is an import piece of the adventure race puzzle; Mark shows how it is done.

This is what it looks like from the front of the pack; Lauren and Mark scoot past Grand Rapids; SPOT has been reset so you can follow along; we lost touch for about 4 hours in the wee hours of the morning.

C2C campus to coast (update 7)

The Hammer - playing a game of "Marko Polo" on the C2C

Yesterday's weather is playing a big factor in the C2C  high winds, rain and temperatures in the low 30's are testing everyone's will to keep pushing on; eat rest and eat again before making any decisions is right out of the Team Kruger Best Practices Manual - page 3, section 2(c); right under the section easier said then done and above don't touch that its hot.

SPOT's need to be reset every 24 hours; hard to keep tabs on these rabble rousers when they don't update SPOT; Don't make me send Emily out there to give you a "how bout what for" she has three minions in tow and is in no mood!!  :-) [enter laugh track]

C2C campus to coast (update 6)

We can't forget to recognize the Kiddo's that put the C2C event on!! A tip of the Tilley and a dip of the paddle to you for a job well done!!   Check this out for official standings - click here

C2C campus to coast (update 5)

The game is afoot; thank you to all that have sent riveting information, pictures and satiric view of the event; you inspire me.  Thank you Pat, Amanda, Carl, Emily, Mark, Jim, its a pleasure!

Carl who is part of the advanced team doing recon on the lower section of the Grand river comes up with this!! The Hammer is in the house!! Oh yeah it appears Jack "the hammer" came out to play and has "dropped" in on the team - moving fast and stealth. A communique with others in the field confirm - calls have been made, fleece has been abandon, the gloves are off,  it's all about where the paddle meets the water.

So there was a little research being done and we thought where might ManitouCruiser be? Is he up to his ole tricks and shenanigans, is he in play; so a check of the SPOT puts him right in the thick of it, we are tracking him a the Lansing Factory Outlet Mall; most likely shopping for a prom dress.

Friday, April 10, 2015

C2C campus to coast (update 4)

Mike and Sandy make their way to one of many portages; looking mighty comfy and warm sporting that new spray skirt.  Keeping it real on the river.

C2C campus to coast (update 3)

Ben - wont be denied; showing the re-entry in the solo Kruger Sea Wind; word on the river he is down in Portland MI kissing babies and taking in a local fish fry as I speak; it's hard to tell with these engineer types but there appears to be some subtle modifications on this canoe, hmm further investigation is needed.  Now sources tell me there is a small minion revolt forming down at the memorial; say it ain't so!!

C2C campus to coast (update 2)

Plenty of portages on the C2C -  7 in total; Mark and Lauren give a tutorial on down river re-entry post the portage - 3 points of contact!!  Word on the river is Lauren and Mark have scooted right by Portland, MI