Harmony Care Center administrator Tim Samuelson demonstrates the KIK sled he used to travel to work on Monday morning.
Harmony Care Center administrator Tim Samuelson demonstrates the KIK sled he used to travel to work on Monday morning.
When his car wouldn't start on Monday, Feb. 24, Tim Samuelson of Harmony didn't panic. His car battery was dead and his spare car was blocked inside his garage. He had a meeting with the CEO of Gundersen Health Systems at 8 a.m. at the Harmony Care Center, where he serves as the administrator.

Even though it was already 7:30 a.m. and the meeting with the Gundersen CEO was an important annual visit to the affiliate organizations, Samuelson kept his cool and decided to embrace the opportunity to take a vintage mode of transportation to work.

"I had planned to show residents at Gundersen Harmony Care Center the Norwegian KIK sled I own," Samuelson said. "Since the car would not start, I chose to use the KIK sled to go to work."

Samuelson explained that Norwegian KIK sleds are used in Norway to make short trips or errands. There are two runners with a place on each runner to place your foot. The operator pushes off (kicks) with the foot not on the runner and glides with the foot on the runner.

"The technique is similar to the kick and glide used in cross country skiing," he added. "Of course, going down hills means you ride with both feet on the runner! And Harmony has many hills!"

Samuelson said he arrived to work in plenty of time for the meeting and he also did that demonstration he had planned for the residents. His antics were well-appreciated by the seniors who live there, one commenting, "That was as good a program as any we have had here!"

Samuelson said his commute to work on the little KIK sled Monday was a "little silver lining in the tough winter weather we have had lately."

Ironically, this type of sled only works on snow packed, icy roads, so the conditions were perfect on Monday morning when he needed to utilize his vintage mode of transportation.