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Old 08 March 2007, 22:40   #31
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They do indeed like beer - very much. I did an overnight canoe trip with a friend and his kids a few years back. On the way back, as were getting ready to launch after a portage, a big 450 lb blackie sped the process up for us considerably. He showed up on the portage trail we were just on about 30 yards form us and refused to moved when we yelled at him & made noise.

In the haste to get the kids & gear (or was it gear & kids ) into the canoe I forgot my (low ball*) beer can on the shore rock. As soon we pushed off, he ran to the shore and helped himself to my beer.


Bryan, Something else I just thought of that will help keep you safe in bear country is a good quality set of broken in running shoes. Not that you're going to outrun the bear or anything - you don't have to - you just have to outrun your brother. Then again, if he's wearing that green thong, I'm sure the bear will leave him well enough alone.
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Old 09 March 2007, 06:17   #32
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Then again, if he's wearing that green thong, I'm sure the bear will leave him well enough alone.
Or use that thong for dental floss!
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Old 29 June 2007, 09:54   #33
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Trip put on Hold till 2008

Well, unfortunately I have to postpone our trip until summer 2008. We have had problems with dates since our main sponsor would only have their boat available for use in mid September. Rogan has got school starting late august and I am financing my girlfriend through med school starting august. I hate this responsibility stuff . Maybe we will just have to take a short trip to go and drool over war machine and have a drink at Kellys.
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Old 29 June 2007, 20:19   #34
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Well, unfortunately I have to postpone our trip until summer 2008. We have had problems with dates since our main sponsor would only have their boat available for use in mid September. Rogan has got school starting late august and I am financing my girlfriend through med school starting august. I hate this responsibility stuff . Maybe we will just have to take a short trip to go and drool over war machine and have a drink at Kellys.
Well, if you get as far as Lake Erie you'll probably be drooling all over it just as they do when we take it out, only problem is they aren't drooling over it because they like it... they are drunk!
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Old 17 October 2007, 08:39   #35
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rib trip

keep me in mind for the 08 trip. I should be able to pull it off in my little 12 foot Metzler rib.
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Old 18 October 2007, 16:44   #36
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Sounds good dverstege, Guess we would meet you after crossing the Georgian Bay. I will pm you with dates and our proposed route when we finish planning over this winter. We should leave Chicago in late July / early August.
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Old 18 October 2007, 19:42   #37
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Do you think I'll make it.

Do you think I'll get there in my Metzler?
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Old 20 October 2007, 09:20   #38
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Sure you could, the only thing that might be tough is the bench seat on your Metzler. If we hit rough water when crossing Lake Ontario, looks to be about 50miles, you might get tossed around pretty good. I would consider the possibility of converting to a jockey seat. Having the option to stand when going over 5-6 ft waves can make a huge difference on the old back. You will also want a range of about 100-150 miles, for us that means adding a large gas tank up front (12 gallons) and a few jerry cans in the back.
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Old 21 October 2007, 12:12   #39
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Dverstege has no idea what he is getting into...

Bryan,

Hows the Oct. boating season? Wind should be picking up nicely, with increasingly large waves breaking around the southern tip of the point. Lake Ontario, hmmm, hope she is not as much of a B*$ch as Superior in that small craft advisory, ahhh memories.

Dverstege, I am sure you can make it, just need to grow a set and try and keep up with the urban boaters from Chicago. Speaking of Chi, I'll be back Nov. 7-11: it has been a few years since I've been out dodging rather large chunks of ice, perhaps I can talk you into a quick ride on the Hurricane.

Bright and sunny here in New Mexico, in the 70s, with no large body of water within hundreds of miles. I guess everything is a trade off.

Stay safe, ill be back in the city shortly...
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Old 21 October 2007, 18:04   #40
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looking for used jockey seat.

Im looking for a used jockey seat for the trip and am looking at buying a friends newer 30hp/Yam for the trip.
About the trip Lake Simcoe can be harder to power through than Lake Ontario depending on the wind. This 25year old Metzeler is still strong but has a harder time with chop than waves. I have been in 20 foot swells in a small dory off Newfoundland and felt more comfortable than in 2 to 3 chop on the fresh water lakes. Never know I might even have something bigger then. Just have to sell my B350 Brig and Metz first.
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