Trip South 2002 - Log - Wabasha MN to Grand Rivers KY
Updated - 08-17-02
08-05-02 Monday Mississippi Parkside Marina – Wabasha MN
FUEL - Feils Oil Co Inc – Starboard Engine – 1519.6 .. Port Engine – 1525.6 ..
09-20-02 Friday Mississippi Parkside Marina – Wabasha MN Mile 760.5
Contact – Harbor Master - Lowell Wondrow and Office Manager - Betty
Weather – overcast .. and COLD .. we have had a great weather Summer ..
but the last week it has turned cold .. lows of 45 and highs of 70 ..
…. in preparation for our trip South we have been watching the weather to the South of us .. today’s headlines are .. Hurricane Isidore pounded Cuba with 100 mph winds and heavy rain Friday night and has authorities on alert to monitor the storm over the weekend .. this storm could affect the weather in the center part of the US for the next couple of weeks ……
09-21-02 Saturday Mississippi Parkside Marina – Wabasha MN Mile 760.5
Contact – Harbour Master - Lowell Wondrow and Office Manager - Betty
Weather – overcast with a light mist in the am .. after an over night low of
42 deg we had a high temp of 67 deg .. UGH .. its time to leave this weather and head South ..
… after Betty and Carol returned from spending the morning in Pepin WI .. at Laurel Ingalls Days and doing a number of yard / garage sales we readied Dee Light for one last trip to Dan’s Pepin Marina and the Pickle Factory .. Dick and Mary Piltz were to be joining us for a trip to the Harbor View but they were unable to make it due to a golfing injury that Dick had a number of days ago .. s we asked a number of boaters from the Marina if they would like to make Fall run to Pepin … we had dinner at the Pickle Factory .. Mr. Joe and Linda joined us by car .. when we returned we docked Dee Light on the Port side so the waxing / cleaning could be finished ( off the Dock ) on the Port side …. Betty and Marv watched the Miss America show ( Miss Illinois won ) .. after spending some time socializing on the Dock some of the others from the Dock went for a late night boat cruse .. they took Kent and Kim’s boat down River .. when they returned one of the Crew ( Tom ) ended up in the River .. his arms were not long enough to reach the Cleat on the boat ….
09-22-02 Sunday Mississippi Parkside Marina – Wabasha MN Mile 760.5
Contact – Harbor Master - Lowell Wondrow and Office Manager - Betty
Weather – clear skies .. sunny .. but OLD ..
…. Betty has been taking a walk / run every morning .. she dose about four miles every day .. with the sun out and clear skies she took her camera for a few last Wabasha / River shots .. we drove to the Nelson Cheese Factory in Nelson WI and picked up cheese for the trip South .. then we drove to the Lake City MN area and picked up apples for the trip South .. we called the Current’s in Alma WI and found that they were closed for the day .. so when we drove to Red Wing only to find that the Staghead was also closed for the day .. so we had dinner at Liberties in Red Wing MN .. we had dinner in front of a large screen TV and we say the second half of the Green Bay Packer game .. the won over the Lions 37 to 31 ….. once back to the deserted Marina we watched the Emmy’s over TV .. West Wing and Friends were the big winners .. the Emmy’s have even gone nautical with a new category .. Best Flotation Device’ .. apparently I’m gonna have to start watching more TV ….
09-23-02 Monday Mississippi Parkside Marina – Wabasha MN Mile 760.5
Contact – Harbor Master - Lowell Wondrow and Office Manager - Betty
Weather – COLD .. overnight low of 37 and a high of 62 deg .. with light
rain … UGH ..
… John Ayotte ( A-Yacht ) called .... last Wednesday ( September 18th ) they left for Florida from the lower Marina in Wabasha MN .. they have a 54 foot Searay and can travel at about 30 knots .. John said as they traveled South on the Mississippi River the weather stayed just below them .. there were high winds and rain that went across the country but the most of it was just ahead of them …. Saturday night they were at the Alton Marina ( Alton IL ) .. on Sunday they did the last of the Mississippi River and headed up the Ohio River .. after being stopped at Lock 53 due to the Tow Boat traffic they spent the night ( Sunday night ) on the Hook on the Ohio River ( near Marker 949 )… he said that there were 25 Tow Boats waiting at Lock 53 .. the Tow Boats were tied up due to work being done on the Lock …. today ( Monday ) they will make it to the Green Turtle Marina on the Cumberland River .. then on Tuesday they will make it the Aqua Yacht Harbor where they plan to leave the Boat to get some repairs to the hull done .. on October 11th they plan to continue their trip to Florida ….. right after her walk in the rain Betty took Autumn to Pepin WI to get her hair done for the trip South .. when Marv went to the Eagles Nest Coffee Shop to get coffee for the trip he met Karla who is rowing a canoe the entire length of the Mississippi River .. when she went from Lake City MN to Wabasha today she had 5 to 6 foot rollers on Lake Pepin .. she said that yesterday one of the boats on the Lake for the Fishing contest sunk due to the rough waters .. Hurricane Isidore is now heading West towards Mexico .. we had dinner at Slippery’s with Kay and Ron .. they will be heading to Florida by car on Saturday September 28th and should be at their Fort Myers Beach Condo on Monday the 30th …
09-24-02 Tuesday Mississippi Parkside Marina – Wabasha MN Mile 760.5
Contact – Harbour Master - Lowell Wondrow and Office Manager - Betty
Weather – overnight low of 36 deg with an afternoon high of 61 deg ..
….. much of the area had frost this morning but being on the water Dee Light was spared the frost .. the River was covered with fog until about 09:00 am .. we watched the weather and noted that the Hurricane Isidore has started to head North into the Gulf of Mexico .. Marv made one last trip to Eau Claire .. he was able to empty out the last ‘stuff’ in the Storage Unit and shipped out a number of boxes .. Marv also picked up some supplies for Dee Light ( English Muffin Bread ) .. Ted finished his work on Dee Light and he helped us hoist the Lil Dee onto the Bow of Dee Light .. it started to rain about 06:00 pm .. and the wins picked up .. UGH !! …. our bikes returned from the bike repair shop .. the salt water has taken its toll on the bikes .. Bud came down to the Marina to clean out his boat for the Winter ..we had dinner with Bud at Slippery’s .. our ‘Last Supper’ .. Randy Moss ( Minnesota Vikings – 84 ) ended up in jail ..
09-25-02 Wednesday Mississippi Parkside Marina – Wabasha MN Mile 760.5
Contact – Harbour Master - Lowell Wondrow and Office Manager - Betty
Weather – overnight low of 48 deg .. light rain .. afternoon high of 58 deg ..
Crew – Marv Betty Mike and Carol ..
…. the day that Jesse Ventura ( Governor of Minnesota ) started his trip to Cuba .. its COLD .. overcast with a light rain .. UGH .. after putting on our rain gear we checked out our bikes and got them mounted on Dee Light .. Mike and Carol made it to the Marina at about 09:30 am .. we said our final goodbyes to Lowell and Betty at the Marina Office .. at about 10:15 am Dee Light pulled out of the Marina .. we called Ron and Kay as we went by the Wabasha Marina .. we passed one work Barge that is dredging out the River Channel .. at 10:55 we entered Lock 4 in the rain .. the Lockmaster said that there is one Towboat below us in Pool Seven heading North at this time ..
LOCK & DAM 4 – Alma WI 6 Drop Mile 752.8
.. we pulled out of the Lock at 11:05 am .. Kay called us on the Marine Radio .. at 11:30 pm we passed Karla in her canoe .. Mike took over the Helm .. we traveled at 18 knots .. we called ahead to the Lock and the Green Light was on as we approached the Lock .. the sky is getting brighter ahead .. at 11:50 am we entered the Lock ..
LOCK & DAM 5 – Minnesota City MN 9 Lift Mile 738.1
.. the rain has all but stopped .. we pulled out of the Lock at 12:00 pm .. Betty and Carol fixed lunch ..
we called ahead to the Lock and once the Lock was within site we saw the Green Light waiting for us .. the winds have died off and the rain has ended for now .. the Weather Channel dose show more ahead .. we entered the Lock at 12:45 pm .. the gates were closed behind us before Mike got a line ..
LOCK & DAM 5A – Fountain City WI 5 Lift Mile 728.5
.. we pulled out of the Lock at 12:55 pm .. we called ahead on the Cell Phone to the Sunset Bay Marina –in Trempealeau WI .. we wanted to ask what the water depth was at the entrance to the Marina .. they did not answer .. a few minutes later a Houseboat that was heading up River called us on the Marine Radio and told us that they boated out of the Sunset Bay Marina and that the Marina was closed for the day .. he said that the Pool was up and that we should have 8 to 10 feet of water all the way in the Marina .. he also told us that the hot spots are Sullivan’s .. Linda’s and The Trempealeau Hotel .. Betty and Marv gad been to Sullivan’s lat week .. Sullivan’s is closed on Wednesdays .. the sun tried to break out as we entered the Marina .. we had 5 to 7 feet of water all the way in .. our draft is 5 foot so we were right on the bottom part of the way .. when we entered the Marina we saw a Houseboat at the end of the Main Dock so we docked Dee Light in an open Slip .. Dee Light was tied off at 02:10 pm .. we were able to get two 30 amp outlets to work on the Dock for power .. right after we docked Dee Light we were attacked by Bees .. we shut up the boat and they soon disappeared .. Betty and Carol took a walk into town and said that they would meet up at Linda’s .. Lil Dee had dried off so Mike and Marv covered up and tied down Lil Dee .. Mike and Marv got bikes from the Marina and met the Gals at Linda’s Bar .. they met up with Stud Muffin who is a daily customer at Linda’s .. we had an early dinner at The Historic Trempealeau Hotel ( 608-534-6898 ) .. the food and service was GREAT !! .. we had dinner in Three Season Rom .. it had started to rain before we left fro the Marina so we all got wet returning to Dee Light .. about 07:15 pm the Houseboat that told us how deep the water was in the Marina made it back to the Marina and once they were docked they stopped by to chat for a few minutes .. we watched the movie Civil War ..
Travel – Wabasha MN to Trempealeau WI – 3 Locks – 46.1 Miles – 46.1 Miles
09-26-02 Thursday Sunset Bay Marina – Trempealeau WI Mile 714.4
Called – 09-02-02 – Slip reserved for .. 09-25 (Wed) .. thru .. 09-26 (Thu) ..
Contact – Harbour Master - Gene and Vicki Husby
Weather – overnight low of 51 deg .. afternoon high of 60 deg .. very
overcast .. the top of the Bluffs are hidden in the early morning fog ..
.. the Sunset Bay Marina use to be the Trempealeau Marina .. its located inside the Old Lock Number 6 .. the new Lock is right next to the Marina .. the Marina is a popular transit Marina in the Summer months .. both the Marina and the city of Trempealeau are very quiet .. except for the trains that the New Orleans area and is now called Tropical Storm Isidore the rain is now extending Northward into the Central and Northeast US .. with the edge of the rains going up the Mississippi River to the Ohio River then extending up to New York .. Betty took a long walk and the rest of us had yummy breakfast on board Dee Light .. we called the Lock and pulled out of the Marina at 08:55 am .. we entered the Lock at 09:00 am and floated thru ..
LOCK & DAM 6 – Trempealeau WI 8 Lift Mile 714.3
.. they have a neat Martin House on the Lock Wall .. we pulled out of the Lock at 09:10 am .. as we were pulling out of the Lock the Lockmaster asked us where we were going .. so we told him that we were headed to the Oktoberfest in La Crosse WI .. etc. .. as we approached the Lock we called ahead .. the Julia Belle Swan was in the Lock .. the Paddle Boat had a rough time getting out of the Lock with the wind .. they got stuck on the Lock Wall until we got close enough to them to break the wind for them .. the Lockmaster called and said that we could float thru .. so we did ..
LOCK & DAM 7 – LaCrescent MN 8 Lift Mile 702.5
.. we pulled out of the Lock at 10:05 am .. once out of the Lock we called ahead to the Railroad Swing Bridge .. they said that they have a Westbound Train on the way .. the Bridge Master called back at 10:15 am as the Train was on the Bridge and told us that he will swing the Bridge once the Train has passed .. we went thru the Bridge at 10:30 am .. we tried to reach the Pettibone Marina on the Marine Radio but were unable to contact them .. so we docked Dee Light at 10:45 am on the Transit Dock right next to the Fuel Dock .. there is good power there .. we had lunch at the Pettibone Yacht Club .. Mike spotted an old boating friend and looked over his boat with him .. Carol cut Betty’s hair .. and Marv was able to do his AOL at the Bar .. after showers we walked over the Bridge and into town .. as we went over the Bridge we saw the Delta Queen coming up River so we waited at the center of the Bridge and watched it pass under us .. we shopped in the downtown area and ended up shopping at the TJ’s .. Wisconsin’s Premier Gift Gallery .. we did walk out with packages .. we had dinner at the Freight House Restaurant .. the food ( Prime Rib .. Squash ) was great .. our server was Billy .. he did an outstanding job .. the rains returned when we were dining .. so we took a Taxi back to the Marina .. we all watched the movie Regarding Henry on the Back Deck ..
Travel – Trempealeau WI to La Crosse WI – 2 Locks – 16.9 Miles – 63 Miles
09-27-02 Friday Pettibone Boat Club – La Crosse WI – Mile 697.4
Called – 09-02-02 – Slip reserved for .. 09-26 (Thu) .. thru .. 09-28 (Sat) ..
Oktoberfest – La Crosse WI – 09-27 thru 10-05-02
Contact – Harbor Master Erv Dummer - 608-784-7743
Weather – overcast .. overnight lows of 51 deg and an afternoon high of 67
… after both of the dogs took a walk Betty and Carol took off for a long walk .. Marv called Midwest Fuels and set up taking on fuel today .. about 10:00 am the Harbor Master stopped by .. we decided that we will move the boat prior to getting fuel to the Fuel Dock .. we walked over the Bridge again to the Tapping of the Keg .. the official start of Oktoberfest .. after having some of the Golden Tap Beer German Potatoes and a Brat Mike and Marv went back to the Marina .. as they were moving Dee Light to the Fuel Dock the Mississippi Queen made its way up the River and docked right Downtown La Crosse .. Midwest Fuels arrived at 01:40 pm and we fueled up Dee Light …... the sun came out ..
FUEL - Midwest Fuels – Starboard Engine – 1558.7 .. Port Engine – 1562.8 ..
… at 02:10 pm we moved Dee Light back to the Transit Dock .. we had some noise from the ‘older’ Electrical Splitter .. ‘Y’ .. after settling up with the Harbor Master Mike and Marv headed back to the Oktoberfest .. on the way back we stopped at the Auto Parts Store for some air hose supplies .. we found the gals in front of the German Band that was on stage .. they came from Germany for the Oktoberfest .. many of the Food and Beverage Stands were staffed by people from all around the country .. after some good German music .. pork sandwiches .. warm sunny day .. burgers .. fries .. onion rings .. beer .. etc. we headed back to Dee Light .. Pat who has the Sister Ship of Mike and Carol’s ‘Woody’ Rivergirl came by and spent some time on Dee Light .. he checked Dee Light out from the Helm to the Engine Room .. both Max ( Little Dog ) and Autumn had a rough night with all the people and boats moving around during the night ..
09-28-02 Saturday Pettibone Boat Club – La Crosse WI – Mile 697.4
Oktoberfest – La Crosse WI – 09-27 thru 10-05-02
Contact – Harbor Master Erv Dummer - 608-784-7743
Weather – heavy fog in the morning .. overnight low of 48 deg .. an
afternoon high of 65 deg ..
.. real heavy FOG delayed our start for the day .. we watched The Ryder Cup over TV .. Betty fixed a ‘delightful’ breakfast that was enjoyed by all .. the fog started to lift and we left the Marina at 09:25 am .. once down the River a bit the sun came out .. we called ahead to the Lock 10:20 am they said that they will be ready for us .. Dee Light entered the Lock at 10:45 am .. the Dark Cloud Lady ( Karen ) must be on the River because the sky has become very overcast ..
LOCK & DAM 8 – Geona WI 8 Lift Mile 679.2
… we floated thru the Lock .. we pulled out of the Lock at 10:55 am .. Carol and Betty made lunch at we went Lansing Iowa .. the Coal pile at the Lansing Power Plant is really high .. this could be the sign of a COLD Winter .. we went by Ferryville Wisconsin .. the home of the longest one street in the World .. when we were just a few miles above Lock 9 we could see Ben’s house from the River .. we called ahead to the Lock .. they said that they are locking a pleasure craft North right now so they will be waiting for us when we get there .. as we entered the Lock they said that we could float thru .. we entered the Lock at 12:45 pm .. there was one other small fishing boat in the Lock with us and a Towboat just below the Lock heading North ..
LOCK & DAM 9 – Eastman WI 9 Lift Mile 647.9
.. we pulled out of the Lock at 12:55 pm .. the Lock God was good to us again today .. Mike shared some local color with us as we were heading down this section of the River .. as we were heading down River Mike radioed ahead to Greg and Karen .. they came out with their boat and took photos as we went by the entrance to the Prairie du Chien Marina .. this is the only place on the Mississippi River where there are two Marked River Channels .. we docked Dee Light at 02:00 pm .. Marv called Jack ( mothers friend ) and talked about getting together with him for dinner on Tuesday night .. Greg and Karen brought Mike and Carol’s car to the Marina .. after a drink on the Dock they all left to head back to their Marina .. the Prairie du Chien Marina .. they left Mike and Carol car for us to use .. Betty and Marv used Rivergirl to pick up some supplies in Prairie du Chien and then drove to McGregor Iowa ( where Betty grew up ) and walked the main Downtown street .. an old friend of Mikes .. Dan .. stopped by Dee Light to say hi just before we were going to head out to join the ‘Crew’ for dinner at Jitters Restaurant .. when Dan left Marv noticed two rental Houseboats approaching the Dock .. Marv went out to help them .. the first one hit the Dock HARD three times before getting the boat under control .. when the second Houseboat approached the Dock the second time it looked like it was going to hit the side of Dee Light .. Marv ran and got a fender between the boats saving both from getting damaged .. they really hit Dee Light HARD on our Starboard Side .. once docked over 25 guys crawled out of the two rentals .. they felt real bad and thanked many times over for our help .. they are from the Chicago area .. drove to Madison Wisconsin their first night .. then to La Crosse Wisconsin and did the Oktoberfest .. and today they boated from La Crosse to Marquette .. on Sunday they will boat back to La Crosse and then drive to Chicago .. they offered us to join us for a Prime Rib dinner .. etc .. but instead we headed to Jitters .. once we were all there decided to all head to the Prairie du Chien Marina where the Yacht Club was having a year end dinner party .. Mike gave us a PDYC Burge for Dee Light .. once at the Marina we met up with many other River Rat friends and had a great time in the old Boat Garage .. we had a great dinner at the PDYC party .. Mike took us back to Marquette in the rain ..
Travel – La Crosse WI to Marquette IA – 2 Locks – 64 Miles – 127 Miles
09-29-02 Sunday Isle of Capri Marquette Marina – Marquette IA – Mile 634.7
Called – 09-26-02 – Slip reserved for .. 09-28 (Sat) .. thru .. 09-29 (Sun) ..
Contact - The Casino Office .. or the Dockmaster
Weather – overnight low of 55 deg .. afternoon high of 78 deg ..
Crew – Marv and Betty
.. woke up to overcast skies and light fog on the River .. some of the Rental Houseboat Crews were starting to roll out onto the Dock .. some of them spent the night in Sleeping Bags under the stars .. well they would have if their was any stars .. Betty walks every morning for about four miles .. today we decided to head out early to take advantage of the weather .. after putting on water we left the Dock at 07:55 am .. since its Sunday there are many Fishing Boats on the River .. the fog became denser as we headed down the River and some light rain drops started to hit the Windshield .. Betty fixed a delightful breakfast and served it on the Bridge .. as we went by the Clayton Iowa area we saw the Caves where they store grain that Kent ( from Parkside Marina ) told us about .. we took foggy photos of the area .. the Towboat CHARLES SOUTHERN was sitting on the Iowa shore .. we called ahead to the Lock they said that they will have the Green Light on for us .. we entered the Lock at 09:15 am ..
LOCK & DAM 10 – Guttenburg IA 6 Lift Mile 615.1
… we floated thru the Lock .. and pulled out at 09:25 am .. the rain has stopped .. an Eagle came along our Starboard Side as Betty was pulling the Fenders .. he rode with us for a number of minutes .. we met the Towboat CORAL DAWN between the Locks .. the wind started to pick up from the South and it lifted the fog .. we met the Auto Ferry CHARLIE D .. at Mile 607 .. we met the Towboats NAN and JAMES W BUKY .. they were hooked together .. NAN was not under power .. Betty gave Autumn a Pigs Ear .. she will be tired later today .. at Mile 598 we met the Towboat BADGER .. Betty took the wheel for much of today .. the River gets wider in this Pool .. we put our shorts back on .. we called ahead to the Lock .. they will be ready for us when we get there .. we entered the Lock at 11:25 am ..
LOCK & DAM 11 – Dubuque IA 11 Lift Mile 583.0
.. we floated thru .. they have a Martin House in the shape of a Towboat on the Lock Wall .. we pulled out of the Lock at 11:35 am .. after locking thru we decided to call the Island City Harbor at Sabula Iowa .. they said that they have 5 foot of water in the center of the Channel leading into their Marina .. so we decided to change our plans for the day and head to there Marina for the night .. at noon we tuned in the Green Bay Packer game .. we met the GREG MINTON just below Dubuque Iowa .. there are many pleasure boaters out today .. thus we were up and down with our Throttles all day .. Betty fixed lunch and we ate on the Bridge .. the trees are full of color in this area .. we called ahead to the Lock and they said that they would be ready for us .. the skies are now mostly sunny and its getting warmer .. just before we got to the Lock a Go Fast Boat came up to us .. they said that we were going too fast by ‘their beach’ and pushed one of 10 boats that were beached there up onto the beach .. we chatted with them and we gave them one of our new cards .. as they headed back up River they displayed the volume control on their boat .. they must be from Iowa .. UGH !! .. we entered the Lock at 01:20 pm ..
LOCK & DAM 12 – Bellevue IA 8 Lift Mile 556.7
.. we floated thru the Lock and pulled out at 01:30 pm .. the Lock God was good to us again today .. many pleasure craft out for the day in this Pool also .. Betty now has five Fenders dedicated to each side of Dee Light .. that way she just has to put them over the Rails or down the sides of Dee Light and dosen’t have to do any lugging from one side to the other .. we met the Towboat JACK D WOFFORD .. we called ahead to the Sabula Railroad Swing Bridge .. they said that they would STOP THE Train for us .. we cleared the Bridge at 02:55 pm .. the Packers are down 10 to 14 in the Fourth Quarter .. we called ahead to the Marina and they told us to dock at the end of C Dock .. we ha less than a foot of water going into the Marina .. the Packers went ahead 17 to 14 with under 4 minutes to go .. as we headed to our Slip Betty spotted a Cheese Head on a Houseboat .. we docked Dee Light at 03:15 pm and the Packers beat North Carolina 17 to 14 with 13 seconds to go North Carolina missed a 24 yard Field Goal .. we walked to the Marina Office .. their Marina Office has a real good Marina Store and Gift Shop with many nautical products ..both for the boat and for the Crew .. the trees in this area are full of Fall color .. after checking with the Marina Office Betty took a long walk and Marv changed the tire on his bike .. we grilled Loin Pork Steaks for dinner .. right after dinner we called Jack and told him that we were ahead of our original plans and asked if lunch on Monday at the Bath House Restaurant next to the Quad City Marina in Davenport Iowa would work for him .. he said that it will .. later Marv walked Autumn and Betty called her Sister and Mother .. we watched Sunday Night Football .. Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks .. it was a long night for Randy Moss and the Vikings .. they lost 48 to 23 ..
Travel – Marquette IA to Sabula IA - 4 Locks – 100.2 Miles – 226.0 Miles
09-30-02 Monday Island City Harbor – Sabula IA – Mile 534.5
Contact - Jerry and Matt Lawson
Weather – partly cloudy .. overnight low of 55 deg .. afternoon high of 92
deg .. WINDY !! ..
.. we have been now watching the Tropical Storm Lili that will soon become Hurricane Lili .. it looks like its on the same track as Isidore .. there were two Towboats hat went up stream in the morning before we left .. we left the Marina at 07:50 am .. we had to reboot some of the electronics at the Helm to get them back on track .. we called ahead to the Lock at 08:20 .. he said ‘just keep it coming’ .. the sun is peaking thru the clouds .. Betty said that the Channel gets wider and narrower .. and keeps changing .. must be laid out men .. we entered the Lock at 08:40 am .. we floated thru the Lock .. the winds are picking up ..
LOCK & DAM 13 – Fulton IL 11 Lift Mile 522.5
.. we pulled out of the Lock at 08:50 am .. Betty spotted a LARGE Wind Mill at Fulton IL .. we called ahead to the Clinton Railroad Bridge .. they said that they have a West bound train on the Bridge right now and do have an East bound coming .. he called his Dispatcher and got clearance to open the Sing Bridge for us .. we passed thru the Bridge at 09:15 am .. we met the CELIBRATION BELL Patel Boat and three Towboat at Clinton all heading up River .. we went very slow for a number of miles due to everything going along the shore lines .. we passed the Towboat JO ANNE STEGBAUER and met the Towboat TOM FRAZIER at the same time .. it was a tight squeeze .. the up River wind is right in our face with 2 to 3 foot rollers .. we gave our new Windshield Wiper a good test .. we called the Lock .. they said that they would be ready for us .. we met the THOMAS E ERICKSON above the Lock .. we entered the Lock at 10:50 am .. do to the high winds they had us grab lines at the Lock Wall .. we had a real job holding Dee Light on the Wall .. we gave our new Cleats a real good test .. the Lock Master remembered our boat from when we headed North in May ..
LOCK & DAM 14 & 14A – LeClaire IA 11 Lift Mile 493.1
.. we pulled out of the Lock at 11:10 am .. Marv called Jack and gave him an update of our position .. we took it slow thru the Quad City area .. we tried to call the Marina on the Cell Phone and Marine Radio but did not get an answer .. soooo we had to dock Dee Light by ourselves in the wind .. Betty did a great job with the Fenders and the Lines .. Jack was waiting for us on the Channel Wall .. we had Dee Light tied off at 11:50 am at the Quad City Marina in Davenport IA .. ( Mile 483.5 ) .. both of us should have cleaned up a little and changed cloths as we looked like ‘River Rats’ .. but we had a delightful lunch with Jack at The Boat House Restaurant ( 563-326-3663 ) anyway .. the Restaurant is right next to the Marina Dock .. Jack lives at 1415 -- 40th Avenue .. Rock Island, IL .. 61201 .. ( 309-788-2888 ) .. about 7 miles away .. Jack told us about the area .. John Deer .. his family .. growing up in the area .. etc. .. after lunch and a short Autumn walk we got Dee Light ready to head down River again .. at 01:20 pm we called ahead to the Lock .. they said that they would be ready for us .. at 01:35 we pulled into the Main Lock .. once in they told us that they had a Towboat coming and wanted us in the Auxiliary Lock .. sooo we backed out of the Lock .. it was very hard to control Dee Light with the up River winds .. we got pushed all over in the Lock .. once we were back out of the Lock then pulled into the Auxiliary Lock .. when we went up to the wall we had to get our own Lock Lines .. as we were locking down the Lock Master told us that we would have to lower our antennas for the Rail Road Swing Bridge that is just below the Lock .. we talked with him about his Harley .. then cried a little .. and he called ahead to the Swing Bridge and they opened it up for us .. UFDA !! ..
LOCK & DAM 15 – Rock Island IL 12 Lift Mile 482.9
.. we pulled out of the Lock at 01:50 pm .. the Lock God was good to us again today .. 13 Locks without a wait !! .. we called ahead to the Fairport Landing Marina .. the owner said that they are closed today but that he should be there to help us with our lines .. HIGH GUSTY WINDS !!! ... a lot of commercial traffic in this area .. so we went real slow .. many .. many .. many Towboat Boxes tied off along the Shore Lines .. and many Towboats tied off due to the high winds .. we met a number of Towboats heading up River .. COOPERATIVE AMBASSADOR and many others .. we met the Towboat PRAIRIE DAWN .. after establishing that we would do a one whiles passage he started to talk with us as we headed down the Channel .. we met another Pleasure Craft that told us that we had a Dolphin ( Deadhead ) in the water ahead of us .. Betty went out on the Bow but w never spotted it .. we soon had the Marina within site .. and navigated our way to the Fuel Dock that is right in the River Channel .. Betty lowered our Fenders and got the Lines ready .. the up River winds pushed us right into the Dock .. out of the brush about 6 people came to help us get docked .. we got Dee Light docked at 03:30 pm .. the only power on the Fuel Dock is one 110 outlet sooo the Generator ran all night .. Marv checked Dee Light in at the Marina Office / Bar and Betty took a walk to mail her Post Cards .. the Weather Channel has a Tornado Watch for the area up River from us .. Betty spotted a Woody for Mike .. we took a photo to send to Mike .. the Restaurant / Bar was closed today for the first day since April .. there are not any Towboats on the River due to the high winds .. the Fall colors in the trees good great in this area .. Betty fixed a very delightful dinner and we ate on the Back Deck .. the sunset was just great .. during the winds cut back and the Towboats started to move again .. Dee Light rocked us to sleep .. they went by us all night ..
Travel – Sabula IA to Muscatine IA - 3 Locks – 71.5 Miles – 297.5 Miles
10-01-02 Tuesday Fairport Landing / Chart House Lounge – Muscatine IA – Mile 463.0
Contact – Tim Schoenthal – Harbor Master ( 563-264-8660 )
Weather – overnight low of 60 deg and an afternoon high of 85 deg ..
.. in 2001 Fort Myers had a record low temp of 65 deg today .. today the Weather Channel shows a Sever Storm to the West and North of us .. heading to our area .. when we got up another Towboat went by us heading South .. we the flat waters we decided to head out as soon as we could see .. after Autumn went for a walk we left the Dock at 06:55 am .. by 07:10 am we passed the Towboat MILTON V ROTH .. we called ahead to the Lock .. they have a Towboat in the Lock .. locking up .. we thought that we would have a wait but as we got up to the Lock the Towboat ANDREW CANNAVA headed out of the Lock at 07:25 am with 15 Boxes .. we entered the Lock at 07:30 am .. the Lock Master said the he wanted us to get a Lock Line .. so we pulled up to the Lock Wall ..
LOCK & DAM 16 – East Muscatine IL 9 Lift Mile 457.1
.. the Lock Master said that the Computer has a number of Towboats ahead of us .. we pulled out of the Lock at 07:40 am .. at Muscatine IL we met the Towboats PENNY ECKSTIN and RICHARD A BAKER .. this is a heavy commercial area of the River .. we passed the CHARLES SOUTHERN .. we saw him in Clayton IA two days ago .. as we passed him he was dropping off his last Box at the Power Plant .. the Dredge WILIAM THOMPSON .. the Dredge was working at Mile 448.0 .. right below the Dredge we met the Towboat SAMUEL B RICHMOND .. the Dredge directed traffic for us and the Towboat .. we had under 9 feet of water right in the Marked Channel .. Betty served a delightful breakfast on the Bridge .. at 08:45 am we called ahead to the Lock .. they said that they would be waiting for us .. the wind is starting to pick up .. we entered the Lock and took Lines at 09:05 am ..
LOCK & DAM 17 – New Boston IL 8 Lift Mile 437.1
.. we are now being called a ‘Reck Craft’ by the Lock Crews .. Betty talked with the Lock Master .. he said that their Electrician also takes photos of all the Towboats as they travel thru .. she told him that Marv takes Towboat photos also and sends them in to The Tow-Watchers Guide .. we pulled out of the Lock at 09:15 am .. a light rain started .. just below the Lock we met the J ANDREW ECKSTEIN .. he pulled into the Lock as we went out .. Betty spotted two Eagles in the trees along shore .. the Weather Channel is still showing a Sever Storm to the West and North of us and now has Lili getting into the Gulf .. the sun is trying to peak between the rain drops . and the birds are heading South .. we met the Towboat SIR RANDY J .. he said to just keep on coming and not to back off at all .. he said that he liked the waves .. our Radar shows heavy weather behind us .. we met the ROBERT E GRUIE .. and then called ahead to the Lock .. they said that they have a Towboat in the Lock ( PHYLLIS ) heading South and a Towboat below the Lock waiting to come up River .. the Lock Master called the Towboat coming up River and told him that he was going to put us thru the Lock ahead of him .. he was not a happy camper at all !! .. we had a very short wait above the Lock and Betty wrote an e-mail to her mother .. we entered the Lock at 11:10 am .. and the North bound Towboat ( THERESA L WOOD ) moved in right below us .. another Towboat ( JACOB MICHAEL ECKSTEIN ) called the Lock and said that he was also coming up River .. he pulled off on shore and waited for the Lock traffic .. there is a Tow Pusher at this Lock called the BETTE-LYNN ..
LOCK & DAM 18 – Gulfport IL 10 Lift Mile 410.5
.. we pulled out of the Lock at 11:20 pm .. we had a tight fit between the lead Box of the Towboat and the end of the Lock Wall .. even with all the Towboat traffic the Lock God was good to us again today .. we soon passed the Towboat PHYLLIS .. we then met the Towboat JOHN M RIVERS .. it was also pulled off on the Bank .. we called Matt’s Grandmother-in-Law Marie .. she is going to pick us up and we will go to dinner together .. we called ahead to the Burlington Rail Road Bridge .. he talked to the PHYLLIS and his Dispatcher .. the Bridge Master finally called back and said that he would be opening the Bridge shortly .. we got thru at 12:00 pm .. the River gets wider and is open much like Lake Pepin without the Bluffs … we called ahead to the Fort Madison Rail Road Bridge .. the Gal Bridge Master said that they have a Train in the area and that once it has cleared they will swing the Bridge for us .. this Bridge has two levels .. Upper Level is for Autos .. the Lower Level is for Trains .. we wet cleared the Bridge at 01:05 pm .. below the Bridge we met two Towboats .. the second one was the FRANK STEGBAUER .. we passed the Towboat COOPERATIVE AMBASSADOR .. we called ahead to the Keokuk Yacht Club BOTH ON THE marine Radio and the Cell Phone but did not get an answer .. when we got to the Dock a mechanic came out to help us with the Lines .. since we hit ROCK the last time that we docked here we came in on one engine .. in the wind it was a real trick .. Dee Light was tied off at 02:20 pm .. we were able to hooked up our power and water .. it felt good to shut the Generator off for the first time in two days .. after we got docked the sun came out and the heavy weather seams to be North of us .. Betty and Marv both went out to get a little sun .. since we filled our Fuel Tanks in La Crosse WI we have gone for just over 26 hours on our Main Tanks .. so on Wednesday we will have to run our Transfer Pump .. Marv called Marie again .. she will be by about 06:00 pm to pick us up .. we also called the Two Rivers Marina in Rockport IL to let them know that we will be there on Wednesday night .. and the Alton Marina in Alton IL on Thursday night .. Marie picked us up at the Yacht Club at 06:45 pm .. she took us to the Keokuk Country Club for dinner .. the Country Club over looks the River Valley .. it’s a great view and we had a great dinner .. Marie then took us for a car tour of Keokuk .. including by her home and her Head Start School .. after our tour she dropped us off at the Yacht Club ..
Travel – Muscatine IA to Keokuk IA - 3 Locks – 96.1 Miles – 393.6 Miles
10-02-02 Wednesday Keokuk Yacht Club – Keokuk IA - Mile 366.9
Contact – Bartender ( 319-524-9469 ) ..
Crew – Marv and Betty ..
Weather – overnight low of 55 deg and an afternoon high of 83 deg .. very
.. the wind changed direction and picked up during the night .. a weather front of some type must have moved thru .. at 01:00 am we got up and checked our lines .. Lili is now in the Gulf .. at this time it looks like once it hits land it will go right up the Mississippi River and then turn and go up the Ohio River .. about 06:15 am a Towboat headed North from the Lock .. the news headlines show Randy Moss and Marijuana .. ?? .. at 06:50 am we called the Lock .. they have the water up and will be ready for us .. due to the shallow waters we pushed our self off the Dock with our Poles at 06:55 am and into the Lock at 07:15 am .. the Lock Master really gave us a rough time about the placement the flags on our antennas .. UGH !! .. due to the size of one of our American Flags we have it placed below our Green Bay Packer Flag .. he had a long gray beard and with his Confederate style hat he looked like he came right out of the Civil War .. the War must not be over in these parts .. must be from Iowa .. this is our first Lock with Floating Bollards .. the US Coast Guard Towboat that maintains the Channel Markers was tied up below the Lock ..
LOCK & DAM 19 – Keokuk IA 38 Lift Mile 365.2
.. we left the Lock at 07:35 am .. there is an up River wind and overcast skies .. Betty served a delightful breakfast again this morning .. we passed the Towboat MILTON V ROTH .. the Tug SIR JAMES was loading him up .. and met the Towboat MYRA ECKSTEIN heading up River .. at 08:30 am we called ahead to the Lock .. they have a South bound Towboat in the Lock ( PHYLLIS ) and a North bound single Towboat below the Lock .. he said that it will be about 30 to 45 before we can get thru .. PHYLLIS pulled out of the Lock and we made it to the Lock at 09:00 am .. after the North bound Work Towboat locked up we entered the Lock at 09:15 am .. a 15 minute wait .. this is the longest wait that we have had all the way down the River ..
LOCK & DAM 20 – Canton MO 10 Lift Mile 343.2
.. we floated thru the Lock .. left the Lock at 09:25 am .. once out of the Lock we passed a Car Ferry .. at 09:40 am we turned the Fuel Transfer Pump on for the first time and we passed PHYLLIS ..
we passed a few Dolphins floating down the River .. the leaves in the trees are just starting to turn colors .. at Quincy we met the Towboat COOPERATIVE VANGUARD .. at 10:15 am we called ahead to the Lock and they said that they will be ready for us .. the Fuel Transfer Pump ran for 30 minutes .. the sun is starting to come out .. and its getting warm . we entered the Lock at 10:30 am .. another Reck Craft ( MARY A ) came into the Lock behind us so we both took Lines .. the MARY A ( Houseboat ) came into the Lock quite fast so we bobbed up and down in the Lock ..
LOCK & DAM 21 – Quincy IL 10 Lift Mile 324.9
.. as we locked thru Betty said that the couple on the MARY A did not do a good job of holding their Houseboat on the Lock Wall at all .. the Guy was in the front and he would let the boat drift from the Wall and the Gal would yell at him from her back line .. we left the Lock at 10:45 am .. the MARY A called us on the Marine Radio .. their Home Port is the Two Rivers Marina so they will be with us for the rest of the day .. we met the FLOYD GOODMAN and the CINDY L ERICKSON at the same time .. Betty went out and got some sun .. we called ahead to the Hannibal Railroad Lift Bridge they will have it up for us .. we slowed down and passed under the Bridge at 11:30 am .. there was a number of Barges in the River so we went real slow thru this area .. Betty prepared and served lunch for the two of us .. at 12:05 pm we called to the Lock .. they said that they have a South bound Towboat ( COOPERATIVE AMBASSADOR ) heading into the Lock right now and has a number of other Towboats waiting to Lock thru .. he said that we will have a wait of about 90 minutes .. we passed the AMERICAN BEAUTY that was pulled up on Shore and met the GENE HERDE that just pulled out of the Lock .. as we waited above the Lock we had lunch .. when we were waiting the clouds moved in and the wind picked up .. the AMERICAN BEAUTY moved past us getting ready to lock thru after us .. a light rain moved in .. at 01:40 pm the COOPERATIVE AMBASSADOR pulled out of the Lock .. the winds really picked up .. we entered the Lock at 01:55 pm .. the rains came so HARD that the Lock Master did not even come out of his Office to give us Lines .. so we floated thru with the Houseboat MARY A ..
LOCK & DAM 22 – Hannibal MO 10 Lift Mile 302.2
.. we left the Lock at 02:05 pm .. the rain and wind was so HARD that we just pulled up the back side of the COOPERATIVE AMBASSADOR .. and stayed there until the MARY A passed us .. he said that he knows this section of the River as they are from here .. so we followed them .. Towboats were lined up below the Lock along the Shores .. waiting .. we could hardly see from Marker to Marker .. after a number of miles of HARD RAIN we finally made our way out of most of it .. three out of four times the Lock God was good to us again today .. the rain has finally stopped .. for now anyway .. we called ahead to the Two Rivers Marina and at 03:25 pm we pulled in to the Fuel Dock .. after looking at the Fuel price we decided to just fill our Auxiliary Tank .. once we had it full we re-docked Dee Light along the Transit Dock for the night .. they have good water here so we filled all of our water bottles and our Water Tank .. we had dinner at the Lighthouse Restaurant right next to the Marina .. the HARD rains started again just as we left the Restaurant .. we watched the local Weather Channel .. Lili is heading North as we are heading South .. we decided to check out the weather in the morning and are now planning to head down River for one more day .. this is the Marina where you can hoot up to their Cable TV system .. and at 11:00 pm the Weather Channel turns into the Playboy Channel .. soooooo ….
Travel – Keokuk IA to Rockport IL - 4 Locks – 86.7 Miles – 477.3 Miles
10-03-02 Thursday Two Rivers Marina – Rockport IL - Mile 283.2
Contact - Harbor Master - Jim Eatock - 217-437-2321 Ext 299
Weather – an overnight low of 63 deg and a high of 81 deg .. the day of
.. there is some morning fog .. we checked out the weather .. overnight Lili’s rating had gone from a Category 4 to a 2 .. but its still projected to head right up the Mississippi River .. then head East to the Alton IL area .. soo ..we decided to head South to Alton today ahead and get there ahead of Lili .. we called ahead to the Lock ( 10 miles ) .. they have a Towboat in the Lock .. just starting the Second Cut .. and have PHYLLIS waiting above the Lock .. he said that if we get there before they start on PHYLLIS that they will lock us thru .. we then called the Railroad Swing Bridge .. they said that they are now closed but will open it for us .. this is the Bridge that held us up for 2 hours in 1996 .. we pulled out of the Marina at 07:00 am into heavy FOG .. right after the Bridge we met the Towboat NEW DAWN .. we kept in contact with the Lock and went past PHYLLIS at 07:40 am .. PHYLLIS was tied off to the Shore just above the Lock .. and met the Towboat ??? that just pulled out of the Lock .. could not see for the FOG .. we called ahead to the Lock .. they have a Contractors Work Barge in the Lock and once they are out they will lock us thru and said to watch for their Strobe Light that they use in the fog .. we are always waiting for the Contractor .. we entered the Lock at 08:05 am ..
LOCK & DAM 24 – Clarksville MO 15 Lift Mile 273.4
.. we floated thru the Lock .. they have a huge construction project going on here .. we left the Lock at 08:20 am .. below the Lock there were Towboats tied off on Shore on both sides .. we had heavy fog in this area when we were heading South in 2000 .. we met the Towboat DANIEL WEBSTER and ORLEANIAN that were side by side pushing 15 Boxes up the River .. by 09:00 am we could see about 1 / 2 mile ahead of us and it looks like it will be lifting soon .. many Duck Blinds caught up on the Wing Dams .. once we were able to see ahead it was really very gorges on the River with the trees reflecting on the smooth River waters .. Hurricane Lili has now hit the main land in the New Orleans area .. at about 8 miles from the Lock we called ahead to the Lock on Channel 12 .. they said that they have a Double ( AMERICAN BEAUTY ) in the Chamber right now .. and it will be an hour before they will be heading out .. so we cut our speed down .. once we had the Lock wither sight ( 10:10 am ) we called the Lock again .. they said for us to move down right by their Lock Wall as soon as we see the second half of the AMERICAN BEAUTY move into the Lock .. the Lock Master then called the North bound Towboat below the Lock and told him that they will be locking a Reck Boat right after the AMERICAN BEAUTY .. they had their Green Light on telling us to enter the Lock and they had their Yellow Light on because they did not open the Upper Gate all the way .. and they had their Strobe Light on due to the fog .. we entered the Lock at 11:05 am ..
LOCK & DAM 25 – Winfield MO 15 Lift Mile 241.4
.. they have both Bollards and Lock Lines .. but we floated thru the Lock and we left the Lock at 11:20 am .. below the Lock we met the Towboat CITY OF REDWOOD and had a Car Ferry cross in front of us .. we met another Pleasure Craft and passed the AMERICAN BEAUTY .. Betty served lunch on the Bridge .. we passed the COOPERATIVE AMBASSADOR again .. we talked with him .. as we passed the mouth of the Illinois River we picked up a lot of ‘junk’ in the water and the River turned brown .. we met the Towboat PROSPERITY .. we also met the US COAST GUARD Cutter that maintains the Channel Markers .. we met another Towboat ( LUKE BURTON ) and when I offered to slow down for him he told us to ‘just do it’ .. we also passed the AFTON IL .. just above Alton there were 12 Towboats tied off on Shore .. we called ahead to the Marina for directions and we had Dee Light docked by 02:00 pm .. once we got settled in .. power .. water .. etc. .. Betty walked Autumn and Marv checked in at the Marina Office .. a 120 foot boat VALKYRIE was docked at the next ‘T Dock’ over from us .. they had a Halloween Party on board and took about 50 to 70 people out for a short cruse .. Betty crossed paths with Nancy from Grand Rapids Michigan .. they are doing the Great Loop in a 42 foot Present Trawler ( RELIQUARY ) .. she told us that the River is closed down to Pleasure Craft at Mile 194.0 from 08:00 am to 04:00 pm every day .. apparently there is a Dredging Contractor ( Dredge America ) working at mile 194.0 .. he had a Pleasure Craft sever one of his lines and also had some of his equipment damaged at the same time .. so they have shut down the River to all Pleasure Craft from 08:00 am to 04:00 pm when they are dredging out the River .. the Assistant Manager said that he would be calling the US Coast Guard and Lock Master at the Melvin Price Lock to further check out what’s going on down River .. there is always something .. we took showers and headed out to Fast Eddies for dinner .. we had their World Famous 99 cent Burgers .. they were GREAT .. we walked from Fast Eddies to the Alton Casino Boat and each made a $20.00 deposit ..
Travel – Rockport IL to Afton IL - 2 Locks – 80.9 Miles – 557.6 Miles
10-04-02 Friday Alton Marina – Alton IL - Mile 202.9
Contact - General Manager - Walt DeGrendele and Assistant - Charlie Wickenhauser ( 618-462-9860 ) ..
Weather – .. WINDY .. light to heavy rain .. overnight low of 60 deg .. high of 82 deg ..
.. Lili is now a Tropical Storm .. it has spread out a Sea of rain as it is traveling Northeast .. the heavy rains are from New Orleans to Paducah Kentucky .. ( Paducah got 6 inches of rain ) .. but due to a weather Low Front North and West of us we just have rain in this area .. the rains should clear out later today .. with all that’s going on we are glad that we decided to stay right here for an second day .. Betty did laundry in the Marina’s Laundry Room and Marv started working in the Engine Room .. when we first made our reservation with Alto Marina it was for one night only .. sooo .. at 10:00 AM the Dock Boy came and said told Betty that we had to move the boat down three Slips .. soooo we moved .. he told us that they have a 100 foot boat coming to our former spot ( HOME JAMES ) .. right after we moved off the J Dock .. HOME JAMES filled our spot .. Betty met up with a couple on their Honeymoon .. they are from Chicago IL and have sailed their Sailboat from Chicago to here thus far .. they are headed to Florida and then off to the Islands .. he took a 6 Month leave from West Marine .. Marv checked the Engine Oil in all three Engines .. cleaned some GUNK out of the Fuel Filter on the Starboard Engine .. etc. .. we had lunch on board .. about 02:00 pm the winds really picked up .. when we went to the Marina Office we found out that the Dredger that is working at Mile 194.0 is allowing Pleasure Crafts to go by his operation and that he will be moving in the morning down River a few more miles .. soooo .. with the winds .. rain .. River closing .. etc. .. we are glad that we decided to stay right here for an extra day .. tonight Betty told me that she pulled her right arm again .. it happened a number of days ago .. she said that now it’s a little better .. we walked to a new restaurant .. Seafood Escape ( 618-465-4605 ) .. they will provide transportation for boaters .. but we walked .. we ad a great meal .. after dinner we walked to the Casino and thought that we would make a deposit again tonight .. but instead we made a good size withdrawal .. when we took our winnings to the boat for the night it was still very windy ..
Travel – Afton IL - 2 Locks – 0 Miles – 557.6 Miles
10-05-02 Saturday - Alton Marina – Alton IL - Mile 202.9
Contact - General Manager - Walt DeGrendele and Assistant - Charlie Wickenhauser ( 618-462-9860 ) ..
Weather – COLD .. low of 55 deg .. high of 70 deg ..
.. clear skies .. Lili has move to the Northeast US . at 06:45 am we called ahead to the Lock .. he must have got up on the wrong side of the bed as he was not flowing with information this morning .. at 07:00 am we pulled out of the Marina just as the sun was coming up .. and at 07:20 am we entered the Lock .. we locked down with two other Pleasure Crafts .. BIG WOODY and their Dingy LIL WOODY .. SEAHORSE ..
MELVIN PRICE LOCK & DAM 26 – Alton IL - 23 Lift ( a 2 foot lift today ) - Mile 200.8
.. this is a large new Lock with two Towboat Chambers .. we pulled out of the Lock at .. 07:30 am .. just below the Lock we met PHYLLIS .. it has turned around and is now headed up River .. we met and passed too many Towboats in this area that we were unable to record them .. some are the MARY LYNN .. JO BBZEN .. JACK FLAHAUT .. CHARLES E PETERS .. in addition to the Towboats on the River there are many along Shore being worked on .. at 08:00 am we entered the Chain Of Rocks Cannel .. we passed the Dredger LINDA TODD ( a Work Tow ) .. we called the Dredger AMERICAN .. he moved over to the Markers and said that we could pass him an a Two Whistle .. by 08:25 pm we were passed him .. we passed a Florida Gaitor floating in the Cannel .. the Cannel is a long straight man made Cannel that by passes a bad section of the Mississippi River .. we called ahead to the Lock .. they said that they will lower the Chamber and be ready for us .. we told him about the other two Reck Crafts behind us .. he said that they will lock us all together .. we passed ROY MECHLING and entered the Lock at 08:55 am .. we tied off and waited a few minutes as the other two Reck Crafts came in behind us ..
CHAIN OF ROCKS LOCK & DAM 27 – Granite City IL - 12 Lift - Mile 185.0
.. this Lock also operates with two Chambers .. the Upper Lock Gate slides up and down instead of swinging like a normal Lock Gate .. we pulled out of the Lock at 09:15 am .. the sun is out .. the skies are clear .. a GREAT day to pass by the Arch .. below the Lock we met the Towboat RALPH E PLAGGE .. we ran the Fuel Transfer Pump for 30 minutes .. the Delta Queen was pulled up in front of the Arch as we passed by .. we went by the St Louis Cardinals Dome .. they will be playing Arizona there tonight .. we got good photos of the Arch .. the DELTA QUEEN was pulled off right at the base of the Arch .. it made for a GREAT photo .. Towboats and Boxes line the Shores .. and there is a lot of junk in the River .. many Dolphins but only a few Duck Blinds .. above Hoppie’s we met the DAMOND WALKER .. we called ahead to Hoppie’s and had Dee Light docked at their Fuel Dock at 11:20 pm .. when we were taking on fuel the boat BIG WOODY docked just up from us and waited to take on fuel also after we got done ..
FUEL - Hoppie’s Marina Service -Kimmswick MO – Starboard Engine – 1609.3 .. Port Engine – 1605.1
.. about 12:30 pm HOME JAMES went by Hoppie’s .. after fueling up we moved Dee Light and docked at the up River end of Hoppie’s Dock .. Fern said that their Dock will be full tonight .. and that they have turned down a few boats .. Lili has bottled up all of the Marinas because the boaters do not want to stay out on the Hook with the storm moving thru .. the Towboats going by the Marina are much larger in size .. we called the Green Turtle Bay Resort in Grand Rivers KY to change our arrival date .. after showers and an Autumn walk we took Hoppie’s Van into town and picked up supplies .. then we drove to The Old House Restaurant for a fantastic dinner .. ‘candlelit dining in an 18th century log cabin’ .. we ate on the second floor .. shortly after we sat down Betty thought that her Purse was missing .. later it appeared right along the side of her chair .. we talked with Dick from REEL DELIGHT .. they will be leaving Hoppie’s about the same time as we will in the morning .. we decided to try to travel together in the morning .. he plans to try to make it to The Big E Marina in Paducah Kentucky .. the St Louis Cardinals beat Arizona ..
Travel – Afton IL to Kimmswick MO - 2 Locks – 44.4 Miles – 602.0 Miles
10-06-02 Sunday Hoppie’s Marina Service -Kimmswick MO – Mile 158.5
Contact – Fern and Hoppie ( Charles ) Hopkins ( 636-467-6154 )
Weather – COLD .. overnight low of 55 deg .. and a high of 73 deg .. 30percent
chance of showers ..
.. before we headed out we talked with Dick from REEL DELIGHT .. they will be leaving Hoppie’s just ahead of us so we will follow them .. we left Hoppie’s Dock at 06:50 am and met the Towboat GALE C right away .. there was a rainbow to our West .. light fog on the River and light rain in the air .. and some lightning to the West and North .. betty fixed breakfast for Marv .. it was great as usual .. we met many Towboats .. some were .. EDWARD L MAYS .. LARRY L STRAIN .. W T TOUANT .. STONEWALL JACKSON .. many Dolphins .. Betty took the wheel a number of times .. one of the Guys at a Gravel Pit thought that she was moving in on him too fast sooo Marv had to slow her down .. Betty thought that he must have had a bad night .. a lot of JUNK in the waters .. when the lightning gets close it cuts our Marine Radio off .. ELLY LANE .. BILL STEGBAUER .. at 09:40 am we passed the 100.0 Mile Marker .. at 10:00 am a Engine Coolant Temperature Alarm went off .. Marv found a water leak on the Starboard Engine Intake Water Pump .. a ‘frost plug’ type of bolt was leaking water on its side .. once the leak was fixed Marv pumped the water out from below the Starboard Engine .. we think that the Impellor on the Water Pump needs to be replaced .. in addition to the Temperature Gages going up when we pushed the rpm’s up the Starboard Engine exhaust appeared to be ‘steamy’ appearance .. at 10:15 am Betty spotted the DELTA QUEEN ahead of us .. and at 10:30 am we passed the DELTA QUEEN .. at 10:50 am the Engine Coolant Temperature Alarm went off again when we pushed the Engine above 1800 rpm’s ( 20 plus mph ) .. we passed the MARY EVELYN .. the rains continued .. so much for the 30percent chance of showers .. its really coming down HARD .. every time lightning came close the main Marine Radio shut off .. sooo it was off and on all day .. one of the Towboat Captains told Betty .. ‘just keep on coming yacht .. your looking mighty fine’ .. we passed the THOMAS GOLDING .. Pleasure Craft BIG WOODY and the Trawler that we were with for part of yesterday .. HARD rain moved in .. we met and passed many .. many Towboats .. could not even see some of them .. we made it to the Mile Marker 00.0 at 03:40 pm and headed up the Ohio River .. the rain ended but then the winds really picked up .. the Colts won 28 to 21 .. they are now 3 and 1 .. the Minnesota Vikings had a better than normal day .. they had a by this weekend .. the Olmstead Lock is still under construction .. we boated right past it …
OLMSTEAD LOCK and DAM Olmstead IL Lift – Under Construction - Mile 964.5
.. we passed the Lock at 05:00 pm .. as we passed by the Lock we were told to slow down .. they said that this is not the Gulf .. we called ahead to Lock 53 .. they said that they are closed at this time and we are to pass by the Lock following the Channel Markers .. we called Lock 53 again to see if we could tie off on their Lock Wall for the night .. they said that since 9-11 they were not able to let anyone tie off at all on the Lock Walls .. the winds died down .. and the sun tried to come out ..
LOCK and DAM 53 Grand Chain IL Lift – Closed for repairs - Mile 962.6
.. we passed by the Lock at 05:15 pm .. and at 05:40 pm we set our Hook for the night at Mile 961.5 .. we started up the Charcoal Grill on the Swim Platform .. we almost had a sunset .. we had a delightful candlelight dinner on the Back Deck .. the Towboats moved up and down he Ohio River steady all night .. we were able to see at least two Towboats all the time .. a number of them checked us out with their Spotlights .. we heard some junk hitting the hull of Dee Light all night .. the Minnesota Twins won their series 3 to 2 .. we watched Sunday Night Football ..
Travel – Kimmswick MO to the Hook - 2 Locks – 178.0 Miles – 780.0 Miles
10-07-02 Monday On the Hook – Ohio River – Mile 961.5
Weather – VERY COLD .. low of 45 deg .. high of 78 deg ..
.. the breeze picked up during the night .. but Dee Light did not swing much due to the current .. we pulled the Hook at 07:20 am .. at 07:30 am we met the Towboat JOE Mc ALISTER that was stuck aground in the marked Channel .. Betty served breakfast on the Bridge .. many Towboats line the Shores .. as we got closer to the Lock we passed many more Towboats pulled off waiting to be locked thru .. we called ahead to the Lock .. they have a Towboat in the Chamber heading South .. they will lock us thru after him .. they told us to have two long lines ready .. when we made it to the Lock ( 09:25 am ) .. we saw that they have two Towboats in the two Locks .. the Ohio River is a busy heavily used River and it really keeps you on your toes all the time .. no rest at all .. .. at 09:45 am the lock called and said for us to move into position to lock thru ..
LOCK and DAM 52 Brookport IL Lift – 10.0 - Mile 939.0
.. it was an experience that we will not forget at all for a long time to say the least .. Betty thru the front line up to the Lock Master and Marv did the same with the Aft Line .. they really locked us up fast and once we had reached the upper elevation the boat started to surge and pull off the Lock Wall at the Bow .. Betty’s line was not cheated off causing her to really struggled with her Line and all but lost it .. it was not until after Marv was able to get back to the Helm that we got Dee Light under control again .. Betty refers to the Lock as the ‘Horde Lock’ .. in her effort to control the Line she pulled her right arm again and pinched two of her fingers on the Line .. plus the stress of the ordeal left Betty life-less .. at 10:20 am we pulled out of the Lock .. we called ahead to the Green Turtle Bay Resort in Grand Rivers KY on our Cell Phone to confirm that we will be there later today .. we entered the Cumberland River at 11:30 am and the sun came out .. this section of the River is quite narrow .. lined with much scenery including some River Bluffs .. the River is much like the St Croix River .. we used the Auto Pilot on the long straight sections of the Cumberland .. we passed two pleasure craft . one Houseboat and one Sailboat .. right after we met the double Towboat WALLY ROLLER we called ahead to the Lock at 02:00 pm .. they said that they will be ready for us in about 20 to 25 minutes .. we entered the Lock at 02:30 pm ..
BARKLEY LOCK and DAM Grand River KY 52 Lift Mile 30.6
.. they just poured in the water and we flew up the side of the Lock Wall .. we pulled out of the Lock at 02:45 pm .. by 03:15 pm Dee Light was docked at the Green Turtle Bay Resort and it was like old home week .. the boat REEL DELIGHT was docked three down from us BAR & RON were docked right next to us .. RELIQUARY was docked on the next Dock over .. and GYPSY JENNY pulled in 10 minutes behind us .. we got our power and Cable TV hooked up and were informed that Cocktail Hour started at 05:00 pm right on the Fuel Dock .. all of us shared notes on each of our voyages South .. about 06:0 pm we ended up going to dinner with the ‘Crew’ from REEL DELIGHT .. they are from the Chicago area .. we took Patti’s Van to Patti’s 1880's Settlement in Grand Rivers ( 270-362-0409) .. the six of us had a great time and returned just in time for Monday Night Football .. the Green Bay Packers vs. the Chicago Beard .. the Packer win ( 34 to 21 ) was a great way to end the first leg of our trip South .. in the morning the first order of business will be to check out the Impellor on the Water Pump to see if it should replaced ..
Travel – The Hook to Grand Rivers KY - 2 Locks – 70.4 Miles – 850.4 Miles
10-08-02 Tuesday Green Turtle Bay Resort – Grand Rivers KY - Mile 31.7
Called – 09-16-02 – Slip reserved for .. 10-08 (Tues) .. thru .. 10-13 (Sun) .. they have all
Slips reserved for their Hunter’s Moon Festival .. 10-11 thru 10-13 ..
Contact – Melissa ..
Weather – cold .. overnight low of 48 deg .. afternoon high of 74 deg .. and
…. Betty took a nice long walk and Marv took the Water Pump on the Starboard Engine apart and sure enough the Impellor will have to be replaced .. it was in a number of parts .. the Green Turtle Bay Marina Mechanics removed both of the Engine Impellors and ordered out replacement ones that will arrive on Thursday .. they will be back to install the new ones on Thursday .. when they did the removal they thought that the Water Pumps were above the water line of the boat .. but they are not .. thus much water poured into Dee Light before they were able to get the Sea Cocks shut off .. it did not take long to pump the surplus waters out of the Bulge .. and once it was done the Bulge was flushed out better than ever .. we cleaned the exterior of Dee Light ..
10-09-02 Wednesday Green Turtle Bay Resort – Grand Rivers KY - Mile 31.7
Contact – Melissa ..
Weather – overnight low of 58 .. afternoon high of 70 deg ..
.. last night Betty found a walking partner .. they went for a long walk at 06:30 am .. after cleaning up Dee Light we made our first trip to the Ship’s Store .. Green Turtle Bay Resort has a great Ship’s Store so we spent a lot of time there .. it will not be our last trip .. Betty’s daughter Cheryl and Kim Zipper arrived at 04:00 pm .. right after getting settled in they went shopping at Ship’s Store .. a light rain moved into the area .. we went to at the Restaurant right at the Marina .. when we entered the Restaurant we met up with a number of other boaters including Jerry Schmit ( was from the Wabasha Marina ) and Max Campbell ( from the Wabasha Marina ) .. they are spending a few days at the Green Turtle Bay Resort getting some golfing in ..
Total Number of Locks .. 29 .. ( Mississippi River – 25 .. Ohio River – 3 .. Cumberland River – 1 )
Floated Thru .. 14 Locks on the Mississippi River
Navigated Around .. 2 Locks on the Ohio River
Total Time Waiting at Locks .. 2 hours 45 minutes ..
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