Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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Saturday, July 26, 2008
Ever wonder where the power plants are located? Many of them are along the rivers. The Illinois Power Co has a large plant at the 118.4 mile mark. There are lots
of grain silos and many other products that are hauled by barges. A large shovel was filling a hopper feeding onto a conveyor belt. It looked like salt, but may have been rice.
The Peoria Lock & Dam at mile 157.6 was open. We were cautioned to pass thru the lock slowly. There was a lot of activity at the dam. The US Army Corp of Engineers had several tugs and other equipment working on it.
As we neared Peoria there was a lot of barge traffic. Carol rode along quietly reading her book. Under a highway bridge we got our first look at Lake Peoria. We saw three boats along the wall fishing with bows attempting to hit some large carp that were jumping out of the water.
Keith called the Peoria Boat Club shortly after entering the lake. They said we were welcome to tie up for the night. The water was very shallow entering their harbour. The depth sounder showed 1.7 feet. That depth must be below the bottom of the boat. I (Allen) eased along as a man on a radio directed me to the parking slip. As we got close he and several others came to assist. They tied us in between the dock and another boat. We connected into dual 30 amp power. The people were very friendly. One lady drove us to the store for a few needed supplies. Later one of the men loaned us his new extended cab pickup truck so we could go eat, at the recommended "Irish Villa Pub".
Thursday, July 24, 2008
What the heck, let’s go to Chicago. We had talked about it for quite some time. As we proceeded up the Illinois River to Hardin a small amount of water accumulated in the sediment bowels. At least it was manageable. We tied up for the night in front of Mel’s Restaurant. After a nice dinner and a walk, we were content to settle in for the night. Tomorrow as we proceed north we will be traveling into new territory for us. No telling what adventures lay ahead.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Upon John’s advice, the decision was made to change the oil again. The concern was we may not have adequately removed enough of the old oil on our first attempt. We made a trip to town for oil and supplies. Upon returning to the boat, both engines were run to warm up the oil to about 160 degrees. Keith & I performed a successful oil change including new oil filters. The system of attaching a hose to the dip stick tube and sucking the oil out of the crankcase with small vacuum pump is quite interesting. This completes the 50 hr service (actual eng hrs 54).
After washing the boat and filling the fresh water tank, bed time seemed to come late at 11:00 pm. tomorrow we will go to Bloch’s Marine to finish filling the boat with the other 420 gals of fuel.What a day!