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Thursday morning we took off from Burlington on glass like water anticipating an easy, lock-less ride to Keokuk. As we got closer to Keokuk the wind whipped up and we had big chop as we neared our destination, Keokuk Yacht Club. We assumed that we'd have a slip tucked away from the bay and all the waves....NOT! The Captain brought Bella in beautifully in the 2-3 foot chop and we tied her up on the gas dock, our slip for the night, hoping the wind and waves would dissipate. They finally did and we got some sleep.
Fridays float plan: Quincy. 2 Locks. 44 miles and our first lock with a bollard and a 38 foot drop. The lock workers at Lock 19 were so great. I told them I was a newby to bollard locking and they were awesome! They helped me wrap the bollard and told us how the boat would move with only one bollard running us down the lock wall. We did just fine, but I prefer two lines and my pike pole;) Below are some photos of Lock 19 and our drop. Lots of photos....
We cleared Lock 20 and slipped in Quincy last night at the Quincy Boat Club. They have a 100 ft dock with power/water and a security gate and friendly members. It's an on your honor system - love it! $1 per foot. So we put our cash in the envelope, hooked up the boat, filled our water tank and did a 4 mile walk to the Quinsippi Bridge. Photos below are of a kayaker we passed on our way down taking advantage of the wind, the club, trail and bridge in Quincy.
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.