Day 9, RM 390 to Rm 357, south of Keokuk

Day 9, Mon. Aug 19

photo of lock

This morning a large paddlewheeler went by as we were getting up and eating breakfast. cheerios for Milt, stan’s usually of sausage links, cheerios and shredded wheat. and orange juice for both of us. DSCN0683
went past some very large houses (mansions) overlooking the river.
Arrived L&D 19 about Noon, dropped 38 feet, our first lock with floatingballards ( tieup posts) , and first 1200 foot lock, but water dropped fast anddid not take much longer than the prevoius locks with only 10 foot drop.

upper gate of L&D 19 , upper water level,  will now drop 38 feet

upper gate of L&D 19 , upper water level, will now drop 38 feet

water being lowered,  goes down 38 feet

water being lowered, goes down 38 feet

gates open at lower side, ready for exit

gates open at lower side, ready for exit

At one point in pool 19, I could count 16 of these large permanent duckblinds, some the size of a small house. would make nice hunting, with heatedspaces, place to pull boat under, etc Some were already covered with brush forcamoflage. This one appears to just being buils.

Large permanent duck blind being built,   brush to be added for camoflage

Large permanent duck blind being built, brush to be added for camoflage

Two masted sailing ships near Frot Madison

Two masted sailing ships near Frot Madison

Near the Fort Madison yacht club, there were tow 2-3 masted sailing shipsparked.  We later learned these were replicas of Columbus’s ships   the Nina and Pinta.
At about 11:00AM, the wind picked up some and was straight out of south which created some wave action on the straight southbound river stretch. This cut our speed considerably and increased the gas consumption. We had been getting 18-20 miles per tank, little over 3 miles per gallon, but this cut us to only 15-16 miles.

Wave action on open water areas, not large , but enough to be troublesome for canoe in cradle and cuts fuel consumption

Wave action on open water areas, not large , but enough to be troublesome for canoe in cradle and cuts fuel consumption

Mouth of Des Moines River which forms the state lines of Iowa and Missouri.   We are now in Missouri.

Mouth of Des Moines River which forms the state lines of Iowa and Missouri. We are now in Missouri.

 Photo shows the mouth of the Des Moines River which is the Iowa – Missouri state lines.   we are now in Missouri.

Two young eagles on beach

Two young eagles on beach

WE saw 2 young bald eages setting along the shoreline. I suspect they had recently left the nest.

taking offf

taking offf

eagles
At about 2:00PM we decided to quit fighting the wind and waves and pulled into a shoreline. and will probably spend the night here.   About 4:00 PM, a fella came cown to the boat from a nearby house on stilts,  and invided us up for a chat and a  beeer.    It was Randy Froman and the house was the Warsaw Gun Club building.   We went over and spent a couple of hours there and he also served us some ham and beans for supper.   He also advised us the the river would be lower in the morning and we mjight have trouble getting of the beach where we were anchored.     So after returning to the boat, we backed off and anchored in 4-5 feet of water for the night.    also there were no bugs out there, not even at our solar porch light, so might do this oftener.
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Warsaw Gun Club,  Randy Froman invited us in for a beer and also fed us ham and beans for supper

Warsaw Gun Club, Randy Froman invited us in for a beer and also fed us ham and beans for supper

Stan and Randy Froman at Warsaw Gun Club

Stan and Randy Froman at Warsaw Gun Club

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