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After a quick overnight in Clinton, we headed on to Betttendorf. Stayed at the Isle of Capri, fueled up and got another great walk in along the river. Photo below is our view from the berm above the marina.
Luck was on our side yesterday. We got thru all 4 locks without a wait and made it the 82 miles to the Bluff Harbor Marina in Burlington by 1:30pm. The river got a little dicey between the last two locks with debris from flooding, so we slowed down, took our time and watched for deadheads.
Bluff Harbor in Burlington and Jim, Julie and Brenda were great. So accomodating and helpful. We got the bikes off the boat and toured town. Burlington is a beautiful river town and we enjoyed our time tooling around.
Julie told us about 'Snake Alley", which is a local landmark constructed in 1894. It connects the residentrial district to the top of the bluff. It's in Ripley's Believe It or Not! It consists of five half-curves, two quarter curves and drops 58 feet over a distance fo 275 feet. It was really cool! Tom, of course, liked the sign. Needless to say, we walked our bikes down.
Had a pint at the local brewery. Ford and Brenda would have approved.
We headed to Big Muddy's for dinner and the Vikes game. Tom has no comment on the game.....
Photo above is the view off the back of Bella - The Burlington bridge.
We are headed to Keokuk today. Only 38 miles and NO locks!!!
All for now~
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.