Archive for July, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS!! HELL YEAH!

Minneapolis is amazing. Everyone here has been super nice to us and we’re loving this town.
It’s great to finally be here and we’re staying right on the river. People have lived on this river for years and floated down it for just as many. From Huck Finn to all the boat punks, to the Floating Neutrinos, we’re following in some pretty amazing footsteps. We have a lot to learn and want to thank folks for sharing their knowledge and experiences– and for being excited about this project.

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We got here just a couple of nights ago and so much has happened. We registered the raft, acquired our auxilliary/scout/emergency motor boat that we’ll be towing behind us, unloaded all the pontoons, got all of our foam, set up our workspace, and rode bikes (thanks Black Label MN!!) to see crew member Chloe play fiddle with the magical Old Scratch Revival Singers on Friday night.

We’re staying on John and Phil’s property and they have massively hooked us up. We’re right on the water. There’s a tree house and a magic fairy castle and houseboats…even a trampoline. We’ve been swimming and working and swimming and roasting in the sun. There’s a lot of work to be done in the next few days.


John’s backyard


New boat!


Pushing pontoons downhill to the shore.

The Road to Waseca

The drive took about 30 hours. Chicken’s bus is amazing and we had a good time and slept well. Props to the drivers (Chicken and Jim) as well as the rotating crew who drove the rented box truck behind us, carrying most of what had been piled onto the trailer (before the axle debacle).


Singalong!


Late night tollbooths in Illinois.


Cute armada crew fast asleep in the morning.

We arrived at Juan’s family’s warehouse in Waseca (45 minutes South of Minneapolis) early Tuesday morning. It was huge. We pulled the bus inside.

The next 2 days were spent assembling the rafts, building the second floor, and patronizing local establishments in search of bathrooms and running water (big thanks thanks to Judy and the staff at Jonnie’s Bean). The Miss Rockaway kitchen crew came through in a big way, setting up a fully functional kitchen and serving up slammin’ meals to over 20 people!


Blurry Brandy helping to set up the kitchen in Waseca.


Callie, Nick, and Alexis framing out the second floor of the raft.

From Manhattan to Minneapolis

We loaded up the bus and trailer, lashing and screwing on everything that we could carry. At about 11am, we all piled on and, with Chicken John at the wheel, drove out of town. Pedestrian jaws were dropping at the sight of the bus rolling down Canal Street. We drove across the Manhattan bridge, leaving the city behind…


Iris and Brandy by the bus


About to roll out of town


Harrison showers Canal Street with love

10 minutes into Brooklyn, the wheel fell off the trailer and bounced down the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Eventually, we got everyone and the broken trailer to safety, at Todd’s house in Red Hook.


Broken down under the Brooklyn Bridge.

We stayed in Red Hook for the next 30 hours. The time was spent packing and unpacking the trailer, problem solving, driving to Deleware to pick up new axles for the trailer, fixing the trailer, dumpstering food supplies, and enjoying ice cream.

We got of of Brooklyn around 11pm on Monday night and hit the road to Minneapolis.

PACKING UP AND ROLLING OUT!

Today Chicken arrived from the West coast (via Minneapolis). We loaded up the trailer and the bus, cleaned the hell out of the space, and roll out of New York at 10am tomorrow!


loading super heavy pontoon panels onto the trailer


callie, chicken, and kevin cinching down pontoons and other stuff


hamming on the trailer. bus + trailer = 80+ feet!!


alexis, santiago, wendell and bikes for the bike-powered boat


todd swinging


(w)anchor!! mike ross rules!!!
pics by A’yen & Todd