Sep 19-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: September: Sep 19-08
Gliding on Portage Canal    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by John Sturos
Zipping on by    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by John Sturos

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 05:24 am:

This sleek looking watercraft glides through the water, propelled by stroke after stroke, it's like watching a beautiful dance. John Sturos was able to "freeze" these rowers in time, along with the ripples and rings their oars leave in the boat's wake. Check out the water rings immediately behind the stern in the second photo. As the boat skims by on the Portage Canal, you can bet the only sound John hears, is the gentle slap of the rower's oars as they plunge in the water and slip back out with the quiet force of each powerful stroke. This sure looks like a great way to tour the Keweenaw waterways without expending any fuel, except a good cardio workout.

By Smfwlk (Trollperson) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 05:28 am:

Looks like fun!

By Donna (Donna) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 05:48 am:

Beautiful pictures....looks so peaceful...

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 06:48 am:

Those are gorgeous pictures of the Portage, with the water's being so smooth! Thank you, John Sturos and Mary for this morning's picture!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 07:11 am:

Very serene! I hope they enjoy it while they can.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 07:44 am:

I give it a 10.

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 08:16 am:

I'm always impressed by those people, as I can't row to save my life. Dunno what it is, but somehow one arm doesn't talk to the other. The only type of stroke that feels natural is what you use in a kayak.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 08:21 am:

He caught the reflection perfectly.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 08:28 am:


By Greg Burk (Gregburk) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 08:29 am:

John & Mary:

NICE PHOTO's, John !

Quiet, peaceful, CLEAN, . . . Now this is a much nicer use of a kayak, I'd say, . . . than my use of one earlier this week.

John - I may have to paddle by your office and allow you to take a photo of me in a better environment.

Don't forget my threat of dinner, and a possible Potato Barn visit next week when I return. Heading to Ishpeming for the weekend now though.


By Rowdy (Roudymi) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 09:46 am:

I fell off my bicycle day before yesterday. My right leg didn't get hurt. Skinned my face pretty good and the back of both hands a little. Skinned the left knee a little too. Didn't damage the jeans though. One needs to exercise caution when skinning ones self without damaging the clothing.There's a fine line there before the jeans get damaged. Didn't have a helmet. Probably wouldn't have done any good any way, sits to far up on top of the head. It's a good thing I'm right handed. I'd have a hard time combing my hair with a left hand that won't reach up there. Left shoulder took a good whack too not to mention a skinned fore arm and a sore wrist. Skinned fore arm and sore wrist are on alternate limbs luckily. Wouldn't want too much damage focused in one area.
We had a lot of rain lately that move some sand onto the usually clean concrete along the route I usually go. Was doin' 15 to 20 around a 10 to 12 MPH square corner when the wheels slid out. Got a speed o meter and I've been monitoring the performance at that corner, 'cause if you go fast enough you can coast up the hill to the next down slope without pedaling. How cool is that?
One thing I don't understand is how I managed to scrape the right side of my nose when I landed on the left.
First thing I thought after everything stopped and the dust settled was "I wonder who saw that?" Next was, "Well lets' check and see if all the teeth are still there. That doesn't take to much movement." Which reminds me the upper left teeth root area is sore too.
Next evening I looked at the bike in the garage and I swear it leered at me! Last night I looked at it more closely. Got the chain back on and fixed the front reflector. Aside from that and a handle bar grip with some abrasion the bike did remarkably well. No scratches. There is one blood smeer on the frame. I think that'll stay as a first hash mark. After adjusting the handle bars I took it for a ride. Nothing happened..... That felt good.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 10:02 am:

For heavens sake, Roudy, take it easy. Hope you learned from whatever you did! I don't know if you're a guy or gal and whether young or old. But enjoy your future biking now, hey? I used to ride miles to town with my kids and now I'm terrified of falling! (mumble-mumble....getting old is helk)

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 10:22 am:

Lovin' that Portage's a different scenario from the Big One and is so "calming".
When the winds are high from the NW, I'll actually drive up to the Calumet Waterworks to watch the action on Superior and it satisfies my yen for wild water. I don't know if any of you know this, but over 25,000 cars cross the Portage Lift Bridge over the canal on a daily basis and living in Hancock we do our share to get to Houghton!

Wonderful pics, John, and thank you!

By Eugene Zuverink (Zube) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 10:48 am:

I'm sure it,s not just cars, but 25,000 vehicles a day, I would never have guessed that many.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 11:03 am:

I know if Roudy is young or old, male or female, but I'm not telling! Glad you didn't injure yourself more severly, but take care with your healing time so you don't increase the injury to your shoulder and wrist!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 11:45 am:

Rowdy: When I first started reading your post, I assumed it was going to be a joke (it usually is coming from you!). Not too funny, though.

By Paul Oesterle (Paulwebbtroll) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 12:31 pm:

Rowdy, ain't that the truth! When you do something foolish or stupid, the first thing you always do is look around to see who saw it go down!!! Glad most of the damage was to your ego!

By Tom (Tom) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 12:42 pm:

Glad your fall wasn't bad, Rowdy. I had a fall 6 years ago and when I hit I did bad damage to my spinal cord. Lucky I didn't severe it. But to this day I live in pain and cannot walk without a walker.
I was going to run my truck over that bicycle but gave it to my grandson instead.
Such is life.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 02:41 pm: saved the jeans, man. Dang am I proud.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 03:41 pm:

Hmm...all this speculation about whether Rowdy is a man or a woman. Well, I can put it all to rest with this photo that was sent to me by Neil Harri and that Rowdy gave me permission to post...take note of the sign on his suitcase! :->

Rowdy in disquise
P.S. to Rowdy ~ Glad you survived the accident with only some scratches and dents!
Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 03:59 pm:

Rowdy, the family bought me a three wheeler so I don't tumble any more. Also the police here will squeel on me if I don't have my helmut on. I enjoy riding a lot so I have become used to people asking me about my trike. It is a three speed and I can cruise on city streets at ten mph. I use it to grocery shop. It has this huge basket in the back and one in the front. Saves on gas. Guess I will start looking for chains for the tires this winter.

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 06:11 pm:

You're right Zube, I should have said "vehicles" instead of "cars". Thanks.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 08:01 pm:

Dang Alex, you beat me to the punch with the comment I forgot to add about the jeans. Keep priorities straight, hey?

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