Donnelly Great Loop Adventure 2017

SV Serenity


October 2017

Oh How slow It is On this river (OHIO) (10/4/17-10/5/17)

The Ohio river has one thing going for it. It is easy to spell. The rest you can keep. Other than Paducah. We like Paducah. Continue reading “Oh How slow It is On this river (OHIO) (10/4/17-10/5/17)”

Mighty Mississipp’ Days 2-4 (10/1/17-10/2/17)

Three days in which we chew up over 150 miles heading down the Mississippi and effectively bring our time on the big river to an end. Continue reading “Mighty Mississipp’ Days 2-4 (10/1/17-10/2/17)”

Meet us in St. Louis! (9/24/17-9/30/17)

Start: Grafton Marina, Grafton, IL, 0902
End: Alton Marin, Alton, IL, 1102
Total Distance: 13.7 nm
Time: 2:30
Average Speed: 5.9 kts
Number of locks: 0
Rental Car miles: 335

We left Grafton, glad to escape the Chaos. It is hot. And will be hot for the next four days. Our plan is to get to Alton Marina, just 13 short miles down the river, and sit by the pool. Alton has a deal for loopers–buy three nights get three free so we are going to take advantage of ALL of those days. Continue reading “Meet us in St. Louis! (9/24/17-9/30/17)”

Mighty Mississip’ Day 1 (9/30/17)

Start: Alton Marin, Alton, IL, 0640
End: Hoppies Marina, Kimmswick, MO, 1240
Total Distance: 37.2 nm
Time: 5:59
Average Speed: 6.2 kts! OVER SIX KNOTS!!! Including two locks!
Number of locks: 2

Our six days in Alton/St. Louis has come to an end with the alarm going off at 0545 this morning. When it went off, I was already out walking Lucky having gotten up at 5am. Apparently I was NOT as quiet as I thought I was when I left the cabin and I woke Jan. She thought it was time to get up so she got out of bed, did her morning routine and then looked at the time and (I quote her here) ‘had a cow.’ Glad I wasn’t there when she found out it wasn’t yet 6 am. Good news for me–when Lucky and I got back to the boat, there was coffee waiting for us! Continue reading “Mighty Mississip’ Day 1 (9/30/17)”

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