The Wall in Joilet

We arrived on Sept. 13th after another long day along with twelve other boats who somehow all came together even though most came down the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal while we reached the Illinois River by way of the Cal-Sag Canal. There wasn’t enough room for all thirteen boats to moor to the wall so three boats rafted to other host boats tied to the wall. We ended up getting the last spot but, unfortunately, we did not have a shore power cable long enough to reach a power pedestal. The good folks on Band Wagon 3 lent us their spare 50-foot cable. This is what Loopers commonly do along the way to help each other out. The next day we all left en masse bound downriver for various places. Most folks pressed on to Heritage Harbor Marina

, a long way. Some, because of delays at the Marseilles Lock, did not arrive until 3:30am. We bailed out at a marine half-way there and did not regret it one bit.

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