October 16, 2014
Heritage Harbor – Ottawa, IL to Peoria City Docks
Woke up at 6:00 A.M. to fill Nightingale with water, wash down the port side hull from the nasty locks we encountered and were off by 7:30 with Old Glory following close behind. We cruised down the Illinois through Starved Rock and ended up waiting for the Starved Rock Lock for about an hour and a half. We elected to idle around jockeying back and forth to combat the current instead of tying to a cell.
Once through the lock we made great time, we then cruised through Upper Peoria Lake, Lower Peoria Lake and then finally ending up at the public docks for 2 days where Eric Kessler and family will join us for the remainder of the trip. The Peoria Lakes are very deceiving, there is a narrow channel through the middle of them that winds around and if you get just outside the channel you will find very shallow water the hard way. In this stretch we encountered 5 different tugs and tows and each one of them had their own instructions for passing us, one thought we were a lot larger than we are and wanted us to slow down so not to “roll his crew out of their bunks” lol. Audrey took Erics truck back to New Buffalo to attend a childhood friend’s wedding on Saturday the 18th, she will come back and meet us in Missouri somewhere mid next week.
Capt. Ray Bock