Team Name: Team Adventure II
Team Members: John Guider
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee USA
Race vessel: CLC Boats: Expedition Skerry
Human propulsion: Trusty 8′ wooden oars
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There are three things we love to hate here at the R2AK:
1. People who are more impressive than us
2. Friendly do-gooders who are impossible to hate
3. Potato salad with too much mayo. Just gross, gross in the best way, like MSG, and that chili they serve on Fritos at the state fair. So gross/good.
While we have yet to encounter his potato salad (heavy hint) Team Adventure II’s sole crew member for sure embodies at least two of these three deadly sins. If it was possible we would have to dislike the guy, but, well, see point two.
The impressive bit? 15 summers ago John put his canoe in the water at the creek behind his Tennessee home and three months later he had made it all the way down the Mississippi to New Orleans. His next trip of note was a 6,500 mile Odyssey circumnavigating the Eastern half of the U.S. Down the Miss, up the seaboard, up the Hudson, down the Great Lakes, down the Miss. 6,500. Somewhere in there he took 20,000 pictures, helped make a documentary, re-enacted a historic journey or two, started a book- his last yawner was 260 miles as part of a re-enactment of a historic something or another to help raise the consciousness of local history. (OK that last bit is also point #2.)
Long trips in a canoe, starting in Tennessee and ending in wherever we end up? John’s like a weird mash up of Deliverance and Forest Gump.
John’s upgraded his Mississippi floatin’ canoe for the best fourteen and a half feet Chesapeake Light Craft ever sold him- a stitch and glue Skerry- a sail and oar kit boat that is small enough to build in your garage and big enough to hug the edge of the Eastern side of the US and keep turning left until you get back to where you started from, like NASCAR but one long lap, and way slower; 6,500 miles is like 13 Indy 500s back to back… but two knots, no pit crew, and 100,000 less people holding keg cups shouting their own version of “woo”.
And as we drape ourselves and pledge allegiance to the checkered flag of John’s multi year, dozen-plus oar-driven Indys, we have to admit that while we might like John for his theoretical potato salad, this one man and a rowboat make an impressive run at whatever adventure they line up for.
Welcome to the R2AK, Adventure II, while we have no idea what you consider Adventure I, hopefully this sequel is a bit more like Empire Strikes Back than the material that inspires Deliverance II.