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Sunday we traveled from Quincy to Louisana, MO. Two locks and forty some miles. Locks were quick and the weather was starting to warm up. We stayed two nights at Two Rivers Marina. Fueled up, pumped out, got provisions in town with the help of a courtesy van provided by the marina and gave the boat a bath! We were in a covered slip, which is really nice except for the spiders! Lots of spiders! They like the covered slips too!
The map above shows all the lock and damns on the Mississippi. There are 29. Upper and Lower St. Anthony Locks aren’t numbered. Lock 5 has an additional lock – 5A and there isn’t a Lock 23. We started at Lock 4 in Alma, WI and as of yesterday, we’re thru Lock 25, which means we’ve locked thru 22.
Yesterday our float plan was to get Grafton, IL. It’s about a mile up the Illinois River off the Mississippi. Grafton is at the confluence of the Illinois and the Mississippi and is where we actually start The Loop. So really the last couple of weeks and 22 locks traveling down the Mississippi have been the pre-game 😊.
We arrived at Grafton Harbor and saw many Looper burgees flying. Looking forward to meeting some Loopers here. We’re gonna hit the town today and have more on Grafton later. 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.