Donnelly Great Loop Adventure 2017

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Go West, young man, Go West (A case for the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan on the Loop)

This has nothing to do with the Bahamas (where we are now). This is a catch up post from way back in the summer when we were on Lake Michigan.  I was reminded of  my home state when my brother sent me a text message that told me the temperature was sub zero.  I was glad that we are in the Bahamas where it is always 75 degrees, but remembered what a great time we had on the less travelled side of Lake Michigan.  Wisconsin.   Continue reading “Go West, young man, Go West (A case for the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan on the Loop)”

Month in review (Month 4)

Start 8/8/17: Manitowoc, WI
End: 9/7/17: Chicago, IL (Dusable Marina).
Major Milestones:

  • Mast off boat in preparation for river portion of trip
  • Great Lakes portion of trip complete
  • Three states. Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. But to be honest, Indiana is sketchy. We passed the border between Illinois and Indiana when we took the boat to get the mast unstepped (going into Calumet Harbor). But never actually put our feet in Indiana.

Total miles to date: 1,718.69. Yes. I keep mileage to the nearest 100th and it is accurate (as far as you know)
Total miles this month: 169.52. We have basically stopped this month. Want to spend time in Wisconsin and we aren’t rushing to hit the rivers and get to the gulf until AFTER hurricane season.
Total moving time: 35.68 hours over 6 (count ‘em SIX) days. 24 stationary days.
Average Speed: 5.6 kts. Definitely picked up the speed with sails and fair winds (sometimes).
Average miles/Day on the loop: 14.3
Longest Miles in a day: 45.5. Sheboygan to Milwaukee.
Longest duration in a day: 8:33. Sheboygan to Milwaukee.
Number of amusement parks: 2 (not counting Great Wolf Lodge [hell] in this total).
Rental Car miles: 1,302.
Rental Bike Miles: 30ish
Number of uber/lyft rides: 4
Number of nights we stayed off boat: 3 (Crashed at Kittells and two nights at GWL).
Number of kennel nights for Lucky: 3.
Number of animals on the boat at the end of the month: 2.
Pounds of hair Sidney has pulled off of his body. Seems like 17. Hair is all over our boat.
Days with rain: 6 out of 30. We have finally gotten some sunny weather!!
Number of gallons of gas: 28.8. Only filled up once
Number of gallons of diesel: 0. If we don’t anchor, don’t need generator!
Fuel usage: A ridiculous .7 gal per hour when using both engines.
Number of oil changes: 1.
Number of pump outs: 2. Staying at marinas helps!
Number of pounds gained: 20(ish). After losing weight in Canada, we are in the land of cheese, fried cheese curds, sausage, bratwurst and deep dish pizzas. We need to get on the rivers to get away from the bad food!
Number of fish fries: 1. And it was spectacular.
Number of haircuts: 1. Jan went in for a trim. AJ and I are beginning to look as if tumbleweeds have lodged on the top of our skulls.
Number of dental appointments: 1 each. Gotta keep the teeth clean!
Number of visitors on the boat: 15. Some overnighters, some not, but lots of time cleaning boat in preparation.

Six Flags and We DON’T Leave for Chicago (8/4/17-8/5/17)

Start: Waukegan, IL
End: Chicago IL
Total Distance: TBD
Time: ???
Average Speed: ???

We really don’t have a schedule and when we try to pretend we have a schedule we are reminded why we don’t.

Continue reading “Six Flags and We DON’T Leave for Chicago (8/4/17-8/5/17)”

On the Move Again: Waukegan, IL (9/3/17)

Start: McKinley Marina, Milwaukee, WI, 0703
End: Waukegan, IL, 1431
Total Distance: 44.1 nm
Time: 7:28
Average Speed: 5.9
Subjective grade for the quality of the day: A plus plus plus (from “A Christmas Story). Sunny, good wind, what not to like?!?!

Continue reading “On the Move Again: Waukegan, IL (9/3/17)”

Milwaukee Week 1 (8/20/17-8/25/17): Clean Teeth, Fish Fry and visitors!

As a gentle reminder, we are ironically slowing down our speed while we head down the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan. Ironic since our speed is measured in single digits. But we don’t want to head south of Chicago until after some lock construction on the Illinois River completes 12 Sep. And Milwaukee is turning out to be a GREAT place to spend a week. Or two. Continue reading “Milwaukee Week 1 (8/20/17-8/25/17): Clean Teeth, Fish Fry and visitors!”

Manitowoc WI (8/5/17-8/12/17): A week in middle Wisconsin

***This is another post from earlier this month.  Caught up now!!

Start: Salmon Harbor, Kewaunee, WI, 0647
End: Manitowoc Town Harbor, Manitowoc WI,
Total Distance: 26.4 nm
Time: 4:39
Average Speed: 5.7 kts

We are slowing our roll on the trip. Continue reading “Manitowoc WI (8/5/17-8/12/17): A week in middle Wisconsin”

Sheboygan (8/12 – 8/19/17) Brats, White water rafting and more

Loosely translated Sheboygan means “Land of bratwurst,” which makes it a little slice of heaven for two of the three of us. Continue reading “Sheboygan (8/12 – 8/19/17) Brats, White water rafting and more”

We got passed by a monarch butterfly; Irish Fest in Milwaukee makes it all better (8/19-8/20/17)

Start: Sheboygan, WI, 0623
End: McKinley Marina, Milwaukee, WI, 1456
Total Distance: 45.5 nm
Time: 8:33
Average Speed: 5.3 kts

We are back in the big city and loving it… Continue reading “We got passed by a monarch butterfly; Irish Fest in Milwaukee makes it all better (8/19-8/20/17)”

Recap of the first 100 days on the Loop

Will cover four things:

  1.  Monthly review for our third month on the water
  2. Rules (written and unwritten) that we have developed
  3. Truisms
  4. Cost of the trip (to date)

Continue reading “Recap of the first 100 days on the Loop”

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