1,200 Miles To Willmar – Music & Lyrics By Velvet Elves And The Texx-Tones


Well, today it’s time to hit the road for the 1,200 mile (one way) road trip to Willmar, Minnesota to attend the big Mikkelson Collection Auction this weekend.

Then, because we have all those miles to go cover, we thought it would be a good idea to write a song about our journey across the country to Willmar. We have decided to name the song “1,200 Miles To Willmar” and get Velvet Elves (our resident singer / song writer) to help us with the music and lyrics.

Only problem is – we can’t decide if the song is going to be a dance party song, a country & western type song or a blues song? – And because it’s a “No Reserve Auction” we don’t know what to expect and how the market will react to the auction… We sure hope for Paul Mikkelson that all his hard work and dedication over the years putting this impressive collection together, that the auction is going to be an overwhelming success… But as we know, these “No Reserve Auctions” can go either way in today’s market.

We had a wonderful ferry ride en route today, kind of like getting all three seats to yourself on a commercial airline flight… The sign on the ferry was interesting too. Can anyone guess where this is?

As the anticipation for the Mikkelson Collection Auction builds, a few days ago we heard from fellow Woody Boater Ben Wilson in Chicago, who sent us this update.

Well Matt and Texx, the catalog showed up!
Rich Penn Presents an Auction Event “The Mikkelson Collection”

The anticipation this week was only a minor distraction- finally some noteworthy literature for the weekend. My $35 phone call payed off.. BIG

– Full color Catalog of Goodies
– 8 page insert of just boats
– Antique Back Roads Winter 2012 Newsletter
– Absentee & Telephone Bidding Form
– Shipping Information
– 1 sleepless night upon arrival

I booked my plane ticket last week to head to Minnesota. Hopefully everyone else forgets to so I am bidding against myself in the Willmar Civic Center, next weekend.

My house is already littered with wood boat memorabilia, model boats and picture of boats. A three day event is certainly essential to any woodyboater enthusiast around, including yours truly. I heard the question yesterday from the Mrs. “soooo is this an all day thing?” I responded positively “probably” knowing very well 3 days of my life I will be existing in Wilmar, MN without distraction. A few things that caught my eye right away- EVERYTHING.

Don’t forget my favorite and the Crown Jewel of the collection- Lot 280 “Boondoggle” Described in the catalog as:

“Speed boat, Larson Falls Flyer Inboard, known as “Boondoggle”, c1939. The Rarest of the Rare, believed to be the only single cockpit Falls Flyer Inboard ever built. Also the smallest at 16ft. Built of steam bent oak frames & cedar strip planking covered w/ fabric. This boat is both sleep & Fast, powered by a 90HP Gray Fireball 4 cyl engine. Used very little in the 1980’s , in Exc restored cond & comes w/a shoreland’r trailer & a high quality custom cover. A one-of-a-kind beauty! See catalog Inset

Keep your eye on Lot 940 the 1939 17ft Split cockpit inboard- tagged as “the only split cockpit inboard Flyer ever built.” … what a sweetheart.

– Boats
– Toy Boats
– Model Engines
– Literature
– Signs
– Outboards
– Ducks
– other Woody Boaters!
…sign me up! See you may 18th

Ben Wilson – Chicago, IL

Thanks Ben, and we look forward to meeting you in Willmar!

Stay tuned for live-ish reports from Texx and the Texx-Tones throughout the weekend. And also stay tuned for our final version of the song…

26 replies
  1. Kim Kadimik
    Kim Kadimik says:

    Who are your velvet elves? Have a quick trip. Look forward to the posts from the auction. Should be a fun time.

  2. Steve Stevenson
    Steve Stevenson says:

    Hey Texx ,I’ve been here since Monday helping Paul get ready as were a bunch of other friends. The Rich Penn crew are the best set up crew I have ever seen.The Civic Center is all set and its a eye popper. Everything displayed beautifully, the lighted signs are all lit, table after table of cool stuff is set up and the boats surround everything. The storage building is all staged and set , plenty of room to wander around and pick out the stuff,boats, motors your going to buy. This is a once in a lifetime event,don’t miss it!

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      So we’re all insiders now? The banner across the YouTube video is “This video is unlisted. Only those with the link can see it. Learn more”

    • WoodyGal
      WoodyGal says:

      Looks like a great experience, auction etc. Safe travels everyone! May you’all get what you bid on!

  3. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    I live two hours away from Willmar. My wife is from Willmar. I’d love to attend the auction. But I’d rather go woody boating this weekend. Is that wrong?

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      Rabbit I envy you, a contented man at peace with his Woody possessions. All the others will be at the auction coveting what they probably can’t have. Enjoy the weekend.

  4. Wes
    Wes says:

    Looks like your on the Keller Ferry on Lake Roosevelt going into the thriving metropolis of Wilbur Washington.

    Great house boating there.

      • Texx
        Texx says:

        Wes hit the nail. The Keller Ferry is located just a few miles upstream on the Columbia River / Lake Roosevelt from the world famous Grand Coulee Dam. It was built right after the Hoover Dam in Nevada / Arizona.

        • Wes
          Wes says:

          I Cheated!! I googled “Martha Seattle Ferry” although i’ve been on the ferry before I could not remember which one it was.

          That’s what they made Google for….right? To make us with poor memories look smarter.

          • m-fine
            m-fine says:

            And I thought they made Google so you could waste half your morning trying to figure out the connection between wall murals and velvet elves.

          • Texx
            Texx says:

            Our reliable-ish sources have told us that Velvet Elves will be making a guest appearance in Willmar this weekend…

            Not sure as a registered bidder or just spectating. Stay tuned.

          • m-fine
            m-fine says:

            If you do a google search for “Velvet elves shill bidders” it gives over 223,000 results. I will jump to conclusions and take that as a bad sign of what the elves will really be up to this weekend.

  5. thomas d.
    thomas d. says:

    ya’ll have to have the best job around. i’ll be sanding and varnishing this weekend. will woodyboater ever have a “boats for sale” section and has anything ever come of the woodyboater weekend talked about earlier?

  6. Sean McEneany
    Sean McEneany says:

    Texx, If you’re taking the Keller ferry, than I’m assuming you live somewhere north of there. You might not believe this but there is a Falls Flyer within an hour or two drive of where you live. I wish I could have taken the time to go to the Auction but life gets in the way sometimes. Sean

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Hi Sean – I ride through that part of the country on a regular basis (it’s some of my favorite roads) and would love to the the Falls Flyer in person some day.

  7. Sean McEneany
    Sean McEneany says:

    Texx, OK, makes sense now cause that route is really an out of the way kind of place, beautiful country but you gotta wanna go out of your way to see it. Anyway, thanks for your response and yes I hope to make that lake her home someday. Sean

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