Archive for July, 2006

Last Day write-up by Tom Bamonte CASKA president…

Monday, July 31st, 2006

my son suggested I post this….
Dad you should put this write up on your blog, if you havent already.
—— Forwarded Message
From: Thomas Bamonte
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 15:58:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Tom H. Has Returned
Tom Heineman has successfully completed his Lake
Michigan circumnavigation.
He and a small group put in this morning about 8:15
a.m. in Whiting. […]

Sunday July 30th Update - Home - I feel like I just left…

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Just made a pot of coffee by pouring water into a coffee maker that actually grinds the beans and a miracle occurs and a pot of coffee appears.  I get to choose what cup I prefer and it doesn’t have sand in it and is actually a full-size cup.  I am wearing clean clothes and […]

Photos Krys had posted…

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Check out the photo gallery ( for photos from Krys and Eric and Lisa… 
thanks Krys…

Thursday July 27th Update

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Stayed at Sarah Leonard’s place in Beverly Shores on Tuesday evening after a quick uneventful paddle from the Mullin’s residence.  Peggy met me there and the next day Peggy and I paddled 5.6 miles to Porter Beach (this is where Tom Bamonte, Dave Kaknes, Mike Agostinelli landed when we bailed out on the lake crossing a couple summers ago…).  
I […]

Day 44 Monday July 24 Update from New Buffalo, MI library

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Thursday July 20th turned out to be a good day to take a weather day in Holland, MI.  Winds were strong out of the SW and an early morning thunderstorm would have prevented an early launch.  Downtown Holland was interesting…   every other Thursday they had street musicians in the evening. I addition to the entertainment, […]

July 20th Thursday Day 40 Update - Holland, MI

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Tom here.   Thunderstorms rolled in this morning followed by SW winds…   decided to stay here an extra day and wait for the 10-20 Northeasterly tomorrow to help with the push to Mike Glasser’s place in Glen.  Thanks Frits for the post about the 38 mile free ride to Grand Haven from Stony Lake…   It was […]

Tom’s in Grand Haven, Michigan

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Tuesday, July 18 Tom arrived in Grand Haven after a 38 mile paddle day. The weather and water conditions were great so he made up some lost time.  Wednesday night he hopes to be at Holland State Park. Looks like some weather might be moving in then. Peggy, his wife, and Eric, his son hope […]

Longest Day

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Tom called tonight from Grand Haven State Park and asked me (Frits Kwant) to post this update. Tom had a good rest day yesterday and in addition to a couple of media interviews went into Whitehall/Montague to do some grocery/gear shopping. After buying a new a new pair of pants at a paddle shop […]

Day 37 July 17th *** Rest/Weather Day

Monday, July 17th, 2006

Tom here. Staying at Frits and Clarice Kwant’s lovely house steps from the Lake and in a wooded sand dune area near Montague. Took out yesterday at Stony Lake after battling 10 - 20 mph winds all day… Managed to go 18.6 miles averaging 2.4 mph and paddling 7.5 hours… […]

Spike O’Dell to Interview Tom

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Hi All,
Spoke with Tom H. tonight, he’s doing great, feasting on capellini and sausage.  Last night he was at Manistee State Forest surrounded by sand dunes, this evening he’s camping at Mears State Park, surrounded by RVs. He’s had some long paddling days into the wind so will be taking a rest day this coming Monday.
Word of Tom’s trip is spreading […]