Recall we put in a couple of really long days to get to Grafton, largely because there weren't many places to stop unless you wanted to anchor, and even then good anchorages were hard to find. Grafton (and Alton, just 15 miles down river) are key stops since they have fuel. The next fueling stop for recreational boaters won't be until Paducah, which is a stretch for a number of boats. So Grafton and Alton are key.
|The roofs are 20 over the water line, |
the pilings are another 10 feet about that.
THAT's how much water is missing.
Leaving all boaters looking at Alton for fuel. Problem there is that flood left a bunch of silt in the entry channel. And now that the water levels are low, only low draft boats (like us) can even get into the place. So no fuel there for most.
|A tow hauling both windmill blades and coal.|
That made us laugh.
The only other option sis to head back up the Illinois River to Port Charles. We're told, however, that it, too, has issues. Rumor has it that one boat grounded so badly he had to contact a tow to drag him off.
Stay tuned folks -- things are gonna get interesting on the Mississippi.
|Our last night in Grafton we had docktails by our boat.|