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We've arrived in Looper Land! Up until Grafton we pretty much had the river to ourselves, other than the barges/tugs but that was the past! There were four Looper boats on our dock and many others in the Grafton Marina. All but one had come down the Illinois River. We had the opportunity to meet many of the other loopers in the marina, albeit in the laundry room! There were two washers and two dryers and they were getting a workout from all the Loopers. Below is a photo of our dock to give you an example of the different types of Looper boats. One couple started last March from Fort Myers. Another just a month ago from Lake Erie.
The Grafton Marina is beautiful and sits right downtown. All kinds of shops, restaurants, bars, & BREWERIES :) Tom and I snapped some shots of both the marina and town on our hill walking workout (not my idea). The Winery was straight up hill about a 1/3 of a mile. We walked it a few times......
We are headed to Alton Marina today. Short float down about 18 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.