The
Georgia canoe and kayak community lost two friends the same day when Jay and
Carol Srymanske, long time operators of Mountaintown Outdoor
Expeditions (better known as MOE), both died November 21. Jay was
only 59 and Carol only 55, but they operated MOE for nearly 30 years.
Jay and Carol are survived by their son, Roy, a graduate of Berry
College now living in the Charlotte area.

The
Chili Run on January 1, 2009 was to have been the last one sponsored
by MOE, which Jay and Carol had decided to close due to their
declining health. Instead, this 23rd annual version of the event will
be held in their honor. As always, the Chili Run will take place on
the Cartecay River near Ellijay.

Shuttles
will be provided between 10:00 a.m. and noon by MOE and Cartecay
Watershed. Entries in the Chili Cook Off need to be at MOE by noon:
eating of the entries and other food will begin about 1:00. At 3:00
p.m., an auction of MOE memorabilia will be held to benefit Hospice
of North Georgia, which helped Jay and Carol in their battles against
cancer. Chili Cook Off prizes will also be awarded. The 23rd Annual
Chili Run is being jointly organized by GCA’s Edward Stockman and
Mark Neisler of Atlanta Whitewater Club. Many details were still to
be worked out when The Eddy Line went to press, but more
information is available from Edward on the GCA groupmail or at
estockman@horizongraphics.org.

Jay
and Carol were as much beloved in the mountain biking community as in
the paddling community. According to a post by Doug White of the
Chattanooga Chapter of SORBA (the Southern Off- Road Bicycle
Association), MOE organized what might well have been the first
mountain bike race in Georgia. Jay was also on the first SORBA Board
of Directors.

A
memorial service for Jay and Carol is planned for Saturday, January
3, at 2:00 p.m. The memorial service will take place at Camp
Mountaintown. (From the square in Ellijay, go north on Highwy 52 to
New Hope Grocery (Conoco); turn left on Roberts Ridge Road, then
immediately right onto Craigtown Road; go about 3.5 miles, look for
sign and turn right on dirt road.) The memorial service will be in an
outdoor pavilion, so dress accordingly.

The
2009 Chili Run will include sale of a commemorative t-shirt. At Jay’s
request, proceeds from sale of the t-shirts will be divided between
the American Cancer Society and Hospice of Northeast Georgia. The
design of the t-shirt was not available as The Eddy Line went
to press.

Channel
2 in Atlanta did a piece on the 1990 Chili Run, including a brief
explanation by Jay of how the event got started. That piece can be
seen.
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By
Rick Bellows
From The Eddy Line, January 2001