Tottering or Walking to the River

Author discusses Huron River as a walking destination

[Editor's Note: HD, a.k.a. Dave Askins, editor of The Ann Arbor Chronicle, is also publisher of an online series of interviews on a teeter totter. Introductions to new Teeter Talks appear on The Chronicle.]

Book cover of Riverwalks by Brenda Bentley

Book cover of "Riverwalks" by Brenda Bentley.

There’s been an unintended two-month hiatus in tottering. Talking on the totter resumed last week with Brenda Bentley.

I met Brenda around this time of year standing on the Broadway Bridge – the one over the Huron River, not the one over the railroad tracks. I first thought it was last year, but my recollection is hazy.

Through that haze, I think I remember the reason I was hanging out on a bridge that’s not in my neighborhood: I was waiting for Liz Elling to pass through during her swim along the length of the Huron River.

Elling swam around a 100 miles down the Huron in July 2007. So it’s actually been two years since I first met Brenda.

On that occasion, she was taking notes for a book she was writing about walking routes that lead to the river. Consistent with my habit, I invited her to come ride the teeter totter once she completed the book.

The book is done. Last Friday, she took delivery of the first edition of “Riverwalks, Ann Arbor” which was printed by Goetzcraft Printers. So on Friday morning, we  tottered on location where North State tees into Fuller Road, just east of the Gandy Dancer restaurant. It’s a place included on one of her riverwalks.

For more on what’s in the book, and what the impact of the long tottering hiatus was on the equipment, read Brenda’s Talk. The book can be purchased at Downtown Home & Garden as well as Crazy Wisdom Bookstore. Both stores are located in downtown Ann Arbor.

On location the endcap of the pipe resisted my ordinarly vise-like grip. Even the blue channel locck pliers could not make in budge.

On location, the endcap of the pipe resisted my ordinarily vise-like grip. Even the blue channel lock pliers, which were called in for delivery to the tottering location, could not make it budge. Back at totter central, the frozen threads yielded.

One Comment

  1. By susan wineberg
    May 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm | permalink

    The book is also available at the Museum on Main Sreet, 500 N. Main. We are open weekend afternoons and Wednesday afternoons but often there is someone there who can help. It is also listed on our website.