Rock River kayakers paddle through Rockford, head south

May 22, 2014
Jake Boucher, from left, Garrett Feik and Jon Gress are met at the Prairie Street Brewhouse Wednesday, May 21, by Rock River Trail founder, Frank Schier, and WinGis Director Burnie Turner. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Jake Boucher, from left, Garrett Feik and Jon Gress are met at the Prairie Street Brewhouse May 21, by Rock River Trail founder, Frank Schier, and WinGis Director Burnie Turner. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Rock River Trail News

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Kayakers Jon Gress, Jake Boucher and Garrett Feik paddled through Rockford Wednesday, May 21, making stops at several downtown locations, including Nicholas Conservatory, Prairie Street Brewhouse and Blackhawk Park, before continuing their push to Rock Island, Ill., where the Rock River empties into the Mississippi.

The trio was met with open arms by Frank Schier, founder of the Rock River Trail. Schier, along with the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, organized Wednesday’s activities, including a visit to Universal Hovercraft. At Universal, rides in two hovercrafts were planned. Instead, both crafts malfunctioned and the kayakers continued south from Blackhawk Park. They were met by more friends of the Rock River Trail at the SM&SF Club, before continuing toward Byron, Ill.

“Another beautiful day on the river!! Great weather and once again great people,” Garrett Feik posted to Facebook. “We were provided with another delicious lunch and we were even given a tour of Rockford’s gorgeous Nicholas Conservatory. We were then interviewed by two Rockford news crews. Following that we got to watch a hovercraft fly up and down the river which was an awesome experience to say the least. Thank you everyone who made today such a success!! Also thank you for all the continued support and prayers. Psalm 104:24- O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom has thou made them all: the earth is full of your riches.”

Jon Gress, left, Garrett Feik, top, and Jake Boucher make a stop at the Nicholas Conservatory, Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Jon Gress, left, Garrett Feik, top, and Jake Boucher make a stop at the Nicholas Conservatory, Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Garrett Feik, left, Jake Boucher, top right, and Jon Gress approach the Prairie Street Brewhouse from the Rock River Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Garrett Feik, left, Jake Boucher, top right, and Jon Gress approach the Prairie Street Brewhouse from the Rock River Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Jon Gress, left, Garrett Feik and Jake Boucher shade the sun with sunglasses provided by the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Jon Gress, left, Garrett Feik and Jake Boucher shade the sun with sunglasses provided by the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Jon Gress prepares to move down river from just south of the Morgan Street Bridge Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Jon Gress prepares to move down river from just south of the Morgan Street Bridge Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Garrett Feik on the Rock River near Blackhawk Park Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Garrett Feik on the Rock River near Blackhawk Park Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Garrett Feik (from left), Jake Boucher and Jon Gress are interviewed by WIFR Channel 23 reporters Wednesday, May 21, at Prairie Street Brewhouse. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Garrett Feik (from left), Jake Boucher and Jon Gress are interviewed by WIFR Channel 23 reporters Wednesday, May 21, at Prairie Street Brewhouse. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Jake Boucher prepares to continue toward Byron, Ill., from just south of Rockford's Morgan Street Bridge Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Jake Boucher prepares to continue toward Byron, Ill., from just south of Rockford’s Morgan Street Bridge Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Garrett Feik (foreground) and Jake Boucher hit the river at Universal Hovercraft in Rockford May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Garrett Feik (foreground) and Jake Boucher hit the river at Universal Hovercraft in Rockford May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Kayakers Jon Gress (from left), Garett Feik and Jake Boucher near the Morgan Street Bridge in Rockford Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Kayakers Jon Gress (from left), Garett Feik and Jake Boucher near the Morgan Street Bridge in Rockford Wednesday, May 21. (Photo by Jim Hagerty)

Follow the trip at facebook.com/RockRiverStart2Finish. Updates are also listed at rockrivertimes.com and rockrivertrail.com.

Send donations to:

Maranatha Baptist University Sabercats
745 West Main St.
Watertown, WI 53094

Online donations can be made at mbbc.edu/kayak/. The goal is to raise $10,000 for new athletic uniforms and to help repaint the gymnasium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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