Past the Chicago entrance light, around the stern of the Columbia Yacht Club (Ship Clubhouse), and into DuSable Marina for our slip for the next week or so. The next day Charlie off on his bike, Anne and Bonnie off to tour the town.
Some of the Chicago Highlights, statutes, buildings, the Navy Pier, fireworks, and of
course Chicago Deep Dish Pizza....Yum!!!
Anne departs for Denver to visit with her son Scott ... and Charlie's Scott and Fonda arrive for the trip down the Illinois and Mississippi to Hoppies.
More touring of Chicago, with the new crowd, then and evening show (Million Dollar Quartet) and dinner ... now it's time to depart down the Sanitary Canal (Chicago River), to the Illinois and Mississippi.
Bonnie and Fonda took the bridge level to take SONATA into the Lake Michigan Lock into the Sanitary Canal, while Charlie and Scott became "line-handlers". Then off to our first bridges ... air draft clearance on SONATA is 16' ... the bridges reportedly exceed 17' in height. They look scary low!
Down the Sanitary Canal and successfully under the many bridges until we arrive at the AMTRAK bridge which must open for us to pass ... clearance is only 10' while the bridge is down.
Father and son at the helm! Through the first lock and past the Electric Fish Barrier (to deter the Asian Carp from going to Chicago and into Lake Michigan); then the first stop at Joliet city wall and a looper get-together on the dock.
Down the river with a crowd of boats, all of us into a lock where Fonda and Scott hold SONATA alongside the lock wall, then out into the river down-bound in a strong rainstorm.
Many immature and mature eagles alongside the Illinois River.. Always fun to sight these beautiful birds!
After one night at Heritage Harbor we stopped at Hennepin (we tie up overnight to an old barge that has been made into a dock) so that we could re-visit Ray's Restaurant. Sadly, found Ray's to be closed, for sale. The ANDREW CANNAVA tied up off our bow for a crew change. This little tug is as wide as we are long....
The bridge at Alton where we stayed on the Mississippi for a day then off to the Mel Price and Chain of Rocks Locks, two locks, before St. Louis. We pass the Arch in St. Louis and arrive at Hoppies.
A little information provided by the Mel Price Lock Office; One loaded covered hopper barge carries 58,333 bushels of wheat, enough to make almost 2.5 million loaves of bread. It would take 16 rail cars to do the same, and/or 70 large semi tractor-trailer trucks. A loaded tank barge carries 27,500 barrels of gasoline, enough to keep about 2,500 automobiles running for an entire year. The same cargo moved by rail or truck would be 46 rail cars or 144 trucks.
Charlie and Fern together at Hoppies. Fern is a legend in her own time ... She meets with the Loopers and gives explicit instructions on how to traverse the Mississippi and everyone listens! We mosey around town and head for the Blue Owl Café to celebrate Bonnie's birthday. Great lunch ... but then desert is the best way to go. Scott and Fonda departed in the afternoon for home ... Bonnie and Charlie are now alone for the trip to Kaskaskia Lock and Little Diversion Creek on the Mississippi. We miss our traveling companions!
Hoppies to Green Turtle Bay, the next stop.