Dream Manor looks great in any marina!
The Shawnee Water Taxi was parked at Golconda and left the marina while we got ready for departure. Later as we cruised up river we met the taxi coming back from somewhere with passengers.
Saw the 15 car ferry crossing the Ohio River at mile 881. On the Kentucky side it unloads on highway 91 which goes south to Marion. We visited the Amish community around Marion by land on June 25th. It was about a 1 hour drive from Green Turtle Bay. It took 11 hours by boat to get back to the same area via the Cumberland and Ohio rivers.
This gazebo greets river travelers as they near Elizabeth Town, IL at mile 889.5
At mile 880.5 Cave in Rock is located on the Illinois side of the river. There was no place to safely tie the Dream Manor near the cave. So we chose a spot to anchor behind Cave in Rock Island on the Kentucy side of the river. Got the dinghy down (Little Dreamer) and traveled across the Ohio River to see the cave.
Keith & Maryann in the largest room in the cave. The cave is not very long, but very historic. French explorers discovered the cave in 1729. The cave became a lair for notorious villains. Pirates used the cave before the turn of the 19th century. Other cave outlaws used the cave for many years. Lots of river travelers were murdered by the bad characters who used this cave. Around 1830 the cave outlaws and river pirates had been driven out so people could safely travel the river.
We loaded the dingy back on Dream Manor and went up river another 23 miles to Old Shawneetown, IL. At the lower end of Shawneetown Island we set anchor for the night. Total of 45 miles traveled today in 6.8 hours. With the stop at Cave in Rock average speed today was 6.6 mph.