I was honored to row once again with my friend John Kerschbaum at the U.S. Gondola Nationals. We "got the band back together" and rowed tandem in the Distance Pupparin event, bringing back all kinds of great memories of the different Nationals races we teamed up for and all the expedition rowing we've done.
After A big breakfast on Monday morning, I dropped John off at the airport and he flew back home to Minnesota. Today he sent me a few photos of the last cruise of the year there in Stillwater.
Last Cruise of the season. It was 32 degrees with a 15 mile an hour wind. First year wedding anniversary. A good time was had by all.
After that, John and Michael rowed the gondola to the ramp.
Michael Serge presses the oar forward
with Stillwater's iconic Lift Bridge in the background.
Meanwhile, someone from the Dock Cafe - a restaurant on the water - posted this photo of the final voyage of the year.
Then it was time to trailer...
...and remarkably, Michael seemed to be superglued to the deck of the boat.
I've gotta say, he does have good balance.
In the days to come, John and the Gondola Romantica staff will position their two gondolas on his property, prepare them for winter storage, and erect shelters over each boat - hopefully before the snow comes down.
As our dear friends in Minnesota tuck their boats (and their business) in for winter, I wish them success in the process, and plenty of firewood to keep warm til spring.