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From Captain Tom
The day started great. The mechanic got our new windlass motor installed by 10:40 am and we were off under blue skies from Dubuque to Clinton, Iowa. We knew there was a chance for bad weather, but it was forecast for after 5pm, so we thought we'd be able to get thru lock 12 & 13 by then.
Got thru 12 fine. Shortly there after we passed this paddle wheeler and went under this bridge in Savanna.
Pulled up to lock 13 at 1:30pm (Lucky 13....nope) and was instructed by the lock master that it would be a 90 min wait for a barge locking up river. Fast forward to 2:30pm. Looked at the sky and decided we were going to have to drop anchor and get ready for some nasty. Photo below is before the storm started.
60 mph winds and a few choice words later, I said to Mudda, "Still wanna do the Loop?"
The admiral looked at me and said, "Absolutely!" She is an amazing partner on this journey and I am so grateful to have her as my best friend and companion.
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.