Day 17, aug 27 tues

Left Hoppies about 9:45 this morning , made about 41 miles today, and now tied up to guide wall at a lock about1 mile up the Kaskaslia River in Ill. RM 118 Will be here overnight. Our neighbors from last night are here also.

Now with the Missouri River joining us we have more current and our average speed has picked up a couple of mph to about 8-8.5 mph. and gas mileage has also improved a little.

For supper, Stan cooked up some of the tomatos we were given,  then made goulash with hamburger, elbow maccroni onions, green peppers, etc.     enough for a couple of days.   again pudding for dessert.

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Our neighbors, for yesterday and last nite, Ranndy and Sherri Chester, who are making a year plus boat trip.

Our neighbors, for yesterday and last nite, Ranndy and Sherri Chester, who are making a year plus boat trip.

Rock wing dams, sand bank and sand bars line very much of the river

Rock wing dams, sand bank and sand bars line very much of the river

The character of the river has changed after St. Louis.  It is no longer a river with sloughs, side channels, wildlife , and scenery.   but is now or fast becoming the Mississippi Barge Canal,  with miles of sand banks, rock wing and closing dams, with acres of barge parking lots, industry, etc..

Backwater slough completely cut off by closing dam

Backwater slough completely cut off by closing dam

Wing dam, some are sticking out of water 10-15 feet

Wing dam, some are sticking out of water 10-15 feet

Hauling rock from nearby quarry.

Hauling rock from nearby quarry.

Rock being dumped into a barge for use in rock structures, wingdams, etc, to maintain the channel and direct water flow

Rock being dumped into a barge for use in rock structures, wingdams, etc, to maintain the channel and direct water flow

Our dock for the nite, tied up to a floating guidewall of lock on the Kaskaskia River,  about a 1/2 mile from the Mississippi.

Our dock for the nite, tied up to a floating guidewall of lock on the Kaskaskia River, about a 1/2 mile from the Mississippi.

We docked for the nite up the Kaskaskia river at the floating guide wall of first lock,   Randy and Sherri are behind us as they had arrived a couple of hours earlier.    we made the 42 mile trip in about 5 hours

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