one full year after my inaugural caravan trip, im back in the far north for another round. as you may or may not recall, last year’s caravan leg was a southeast (that’s up for discussion) run with stops in red wing, owatanna, and albert lea…this year they’ve given up on directional descriptions and merely termed our trip route #3… im not kidding, our itinerary reads “2009 Twins Winter Caravan Route #3”
so far so good with route #3…jesse crain, bert blyleven, john gordon and i left the twin cities monday morning and stopped in at the home of a WFTC contest winner for breakfast, coffee, and some autographs. after eating more than our fair share of bagels (bert had a protein shake), we packed up and headed to the american legion in red wing for an afternoon luncheon. ‘action’ jack of KWNG radio was our friendly emcee and the fans in red wing all came out to show their support…
from there, we took off for gillette children’s hospital in st. paul where i ran into a good friend of mine, luke seufer …..luke and i met last year at the courage center in lakeville, where he informed me of his intent to go dog sledding later that afternoon ( it was the middle of July and at least 90 degrees outside)..i, of course, thought dog sledding was a fantastic idea, and we began planning out our trip… kids like luke are the real reason we go out on caravan…as much as we love bert’s jokes, radio liners, and autograph sessions, they don’t mean as much as a single smile from a kid like luke…
we finished up day one in rochester, mn with a visit from our main man and gm bill smith. john gordon ran the program, and the fans who came had plenty of questions for mr. smith..which just left autographs for us before we finally retired for the night.
day 2 started with a bank visit to the Community Bank of Owatonna, where jesse and i signed autographs and took pictures while bert and john tried unsuccessfully to lighten the load in the vault..we completed our task, but the other two guys failed miserably..from there we shoved off towards austin, minnesota for a nightly event hosted by our radio amigos at KAUS. and now, after another tremendously successful program, we are all headed to bed…thank you very much.
(rik aalbert blijleven)