We didn’t even want to post a link to the first version of the Duluth News Tribune article today because it had such a bad spin on what ocurred. But later in the day the article was altered to present a more balanced picture: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/120070/
The photo gallery of pictures by Steve Kuchera tells the story in another way:
Everyone here at Bearskin was terribly worried this morning when we saw the first posted pictures of Erik’s Duluth experience. We’re relieved that Erik and Kitigan had safe, warm shelter on Park Point with author Andrew Slade , who wrote to say:
Erik is in Duluth patching up his canoe after an interesting encounter in the Duluth ship canal. We got him coffee and lunch and dried his clothes and sent him on his way.
Erik was ticketed for a broken zipper on his personal flotation device. Don’t read the inane life jacket comments following the Duluth News article; some people really don’t get it. A more impressive response came from Kokatat paddlesports, whose rep made quite an effort today to locate Erik to provide him with a new PFD. Dawn Simula also reported that Sam Cook of the Duluth paper gave Erik a hand with this. (Although last we heard, he preferred to stick with his unobtrusive green life jacket.)
A writer for a well-known canoe website referred to Erik awhile back as one of the “rock stars of canoeing.” This trip is no small adventure. The rest of the journey will continue to be extremely difficult, although most canoeing pros think getting off the “big water” will be a bit safer.
Hundreds of people have been following Erik’s journey on this blog; as of this evening, the number is now in the thousands. We hope you will continue to vicariously travel across the Arrowhead with Erik.
Sue McCloughan/Bearskin Lodge