Day 7, Sat. Aug 17, Fairport Rm 462 to Kiethsburg, Ill., RM 427, 35 miles

We were up early today and got underway about 7:40AM   Everything went well today.    We have increased our speed a little to 6-7 mph, hoping this will prevent motor from loading up and fouling plugs. went thru L& Dam 16 about noon. got there right as a tow was exiting, so could motor right in.

our canoe cradle which hold the canoe alongside

our canoe cradle which hold the canoe alongside

Stopped at the Muscatine Harbor for gas but gas dock was closed. There was a boat show going on and a young man had just brought his boat in from unloading and offered to take us to gas station with is pickup and Milt accepted and filled 2 tanks.

hovercarft

hovercarft

hovercraft display at Muscatine

hovercraft display at Muscatine

here were also a bass tournament in progress and we met a lot of bass boat running hard, 60-70 mph, they really move.There was also a hovercraft display on a Muscatine boat ramp with several running in the river 
Below Muscatine the wind picked up out of the Southeast and gave some higher waves for today, expecially in the more open stretchs, so we quit early and stopped at Kiethsburg, where there was a Fireman;s fundraisrer in progress with a lot of boats on beach. So we joined them and ancord on beach.One gentlement again offered to take us to gas tation so Milt got another gas station ride. We then went to their corn boil for supper of sweet corn, pulled port sandwich, tomatos, chips, drink, melon, etc.

we joined this boat-in at Kiethsburg

we joined this boat-in at Kiethsburg

saw several intesting items along the way, old pontoon boat, old abandoned barge, sand cliffs, DSCN0655

old abandoned barge

old abandoned barge

old abandoned?? pontoon boat

old abandoned?? pontoon boat

DSCN0662 This is an old no longer used railroad bridge, notice the damaged area where the huge concrete counterweight fell down and wrecked the bridge, probably after it was no longer used.
eating at Keithsburg corn boil

eating at Keithsburg corn boil

 

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