The Rest of the Illinois River Finally Opens

After two nights anchored out at Bath Chute the Coast Guard finally opened up the last portion on the Illinois River so we pulled up anchor mid-day and headed down stream for a short 42 mile day. Progress!

We anchored off the side of the Illinois River with the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge as the backdrop. This makes three days without being off the boat. Here is Jim fending off a huge log from the back of the boat.

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Today we went over our second wing dam. When a lock is flooded they lower the wing dams on the side of it and boats then just drive over it. It was an odd feeling. We saw many houses raised up on stilts with lots of water still beneath them.

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