Category Archives: Illinois

Day 113.  Grafton, Illinois layover

Oyster Bar is a whole lot quieter than it was last night when I met Dick and Rhonda,  Don and Sherry, Dennis (the cruise boat skipper), Patrick, Carol and Deb. When the bar closed Jenny and Lynsey (mother and daughter) … Continue reading

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Day 112.  Grafton Il. Confluence of Mississippi and Illinois Rivers

We had a large day today covering the longest day hop yet of 120 miles as there are no marinas between here and Havana. Only one lock today and we had a quick 30 minute transit and made it to … Continue reading

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Day 111. Havana, Illinois

We saw the Caterpillar world HQ today as we passed the city of Peoria. Some of the people we met at the yacht club last night work there and had visited the Australian distributors Waugh and Josephsons in Sydney and … Continue reading

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Day 110.  Peoria Heights layover

We received lots of rain overnight due to thunderstorms as can be seen in the rain radar shot above. The forecasts for today were mixed, some ok and some bad, but none were as good as it looks tomorrow so … Continue reading

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Day 109.  Peoria Heights, Illinois

You know you are getting close to the Mississippi when you see paddle steamers, we saw three stern wheelers today. The US has so many towns they must struggle to give them a name. So this morning we left Ottawa … Continue reading

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Day 108. Ottawa, Illinois

We fared much better with the two locks we transited today, waiting only 10 minutes at each. We did pass some large tugs with even larger tows, one had 15 barges, 3 wide and 5 long. We reached Ottawa, not … Continue reading

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Day 107. Channahon, Il

We are eight miles SW of Joliet and 42 miles from Chicago on the Illinois River, the Big Basin Marina is the first marina you reach after leaving Chicago. The road you see running vertically is Route 66, for those … Continue reading

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