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Patriot and Mara Beel anchored behind Cuba Towhead Island

Cuba Towhead Island near Paducah, Ky – September 21, 2014

Day 205 Miles Today: 101 SM; Total Miles: 3,778 SM Locks Today: 1; Total Locks: 89 After a nice, quiet night in Little Diversion Canal, it was another long day today on the Rivers. We’ve traveled 212 miles in two days – definitely a record for us – and our 8 mph trawler. Island Time […]

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Grafton, Illinois – September 18, 2014

Day 202 Miles Today: 0 SM; Total Miles: 3,508 SM Locks Today: 0; Total Locks: 86 Four Loopers boats left this morning for the Mississippi and the Dockmaster says eight arrived today (from the Illinois River). Boats have been arriving here, and most immediately make a reservation at Hoppies, the earliest is now the middle […]

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Grafton, Illinois – September 17, 2014

Day 201 Miles Today: 0 SM; Total Miles: 3,508 SM Locks Today: 0; Total Locks: 86 Today we went to Alton, Illinois with Glenn and Brenda (Young at Heart) and Kathy and John (Serenity) to provision. It’s a pretty ride along the river with limestone cliffs. The water is receding but there is still lots […]

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Grafton, Illinois – September 16, 2014

Day 200 Miles Today: 0 SM; Total Miles: 3,508 SM Locks Today: 0; Total Locks: 86 It’s day 17 for is here in Grafton. We’ve been here so long that Steve is thinking about running for Mayor. Guess he’ll need a campaign manager. The day started cool and cloudy, but finally warmed up and the […]

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Still in Grafton, Illinois – September 15, 2014

Day 199 Miles Today: 0 SM; Total Miles: 3,508 SM Locks Today: 0; Total Locks: 86 It’s day 16 at Grafton Harbor Marina, a somewhat gray day with occasional drizzle and rain. After laundry and some reading, we celebrated the arrival Satisfaction with John and Pat aboard crossing their wake here at Grafton Harbor Marina. […]

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Our group in front of the Pere Marquette State Park Lodge

Grafton, Illinois – September 13-14, 2014

Day 197-198 Miles Today: 0 SM; Total Miles: 3,508 SM Locks Today: 0; Total Locks: 86 The sunny and cool weather this weekend has been a nice change from the hot and stormy weather from the past couple of weeks. Grafton was alive with festivals and charity events this weekend. On Saturday, we walked to […]

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The Mississippi River Rats are Growing in Numbers in Grafton, Illinois – September 12, 2014

Day 196 Miles Today: 0 SM; Total Miles: 3,508 SM Locks Today: 0; Total Locks: 86 It was a cool, gray day in Grafton. Temperatures topped out at 57 degrees. We watched trees and logs “fly” down the River but that didn’t stop loopers from coming into the marina. We lost count but according to […]

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Docks are filling up with Loopers

Still a River Rat in Grafton, Illinois – September 11, 2014

Day 195 Miles Today: 0 SM; Total Miles: 3,508 SM Locks Today: 0; Total Locks: 86 Since we didn’t have to get up at 5 a.m. to leave for the Mississippi River, we slept in to 7:00 a.m. Whoohoo. It was gray, drizzling with temps in the upper 50’s and it wasn’t long before Loopers […]

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