|Posted by Shane Stolarik on June 28, 2011 at 3:10 AM|
By Tom Solar
The Chapter’s first “Yokes and Spokes” outing occurred on Saturday, June 4th. The weather cooperated despite a forecast of a 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms. The following people attended this first event. Joe Rossi, Ole Sindberg, Clyde Ericson, Rob Nelson, Wendi Venable, Jerry Muccianti, Jim Rice, David Boone, Lon Danek, Tom Solar and Angel Jaimez. We met at Lake in the Hills Airport to arrange for transportation of bikes for Tom and Angel. The Cessna 150 could only take the front wheels of both bicycles. Dave and Joe each escorted the extra bikes.
We reconnoitered at Ft. Atkinson landing between sky divers dropping from the sky. We assembled the bikes, and proceeded South down the road along the Rock River. It was about a three mile trek. Ole had to stop to take a call from a stranded flyer, Lon Danek who was without a plane. Lon was given directions to our first stop Rock River Canoe Co. After a quick repair to Ole’s bike by Joe, we arrived in town at the Canoe Co. and were met by the owner Kim Grunow.
Kim answered our questions about the many beautiful canoes and explanations on how they were made. Plans are obtained from the owner’s choice of craft and Kim instructs them on how to build it. The owner does most of the work under Kim and his associate’s guidance - 60% of the work is sanding. The wood is typically either red or yellow cedar with Ash for the keel. Other wood inserts are applied to accent the owner’s special preference. Fiberglass is used on both the outside and inside of the canoe. After careful application the wood grain shows through and the fiberglass is invisible making a dry and beautiful piece of work. If one is interested in building a canoe, contact Kim at 920/563-1075 or visit his web site at www.rockrivercanoe.com.
Leaving the Canoe Co. we ventured over the river to the south side of town for lunch at the Velvet Lips. It was housed in a downstairs ex dry goods store adorned with antique furniture and wonderful food. Hanger talk continued while I trained briefly. After lunch, some of us took a stroll along the Rock and Bark River which meets in town.
Upon biking back to the airport one could smell the lilacs, cut grass, and flowers. Arriving at the airport we disassembled our bikes and headed home to enjoy brief refreshments at Nick’s Pizza.
A wonderful outing! Thanks go out to Joe Rossi and Ole Sindberg for arranging this event.