Thursday —- Illinois River MM 00 Grafton IL

September 9th, 2010 john Posted in The Loop Part II | No Comments »

Day: 450   Miles Today: 00   Locks Today:  00   Total Miles:  5077   Total Locks: 141

We actually slept in this morning.  Then at about 10:30 a.m. we borrowed a courtesy car and drove about 25 miles over to Jerseyville and visited a Wal-Mart, to replenish some of our supplies. When we returned we had four more looper boats arrive.  It is good to see some of our friends.  The “Lady In Red” and “Mr Magoo” were two of the new arrivals.

I walked down town and mailed a letter at the post office and then found a barber shop. (I was much in need.)  Then I found a great little shop that specialized in Native American crafts and products.  I had a blast there, still doing my part to help the economy.

Back on the boat it was cigar time and I just relaxed.  We have been expecting heavy rains but according to our satellite weather on the Garmin, it looks like it all went just south of us.  We were planning on leaving in the morning and going to Alton.  We will check the weather in the morning and see what it looks like.

Ten of us walked down town to a little old hotel that has a famous wooden bar in it and a restaurant.  The bar was beautiful, the food was just ok.  (Can’t be a winner every time!)

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