This morning in Grafton, I washed the boat (again). Shocker? We met some Loopers who commented that I will get over that. We shall see.
We decided to make the 15 mile trip from Grafton, IL to Alton, IL and reserved a slip for two days at the Alton Marina. Grafton is at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Alton is further down the Mississippi just north of St. Louis.
As we entered the Mississippi, we immediately noticed the river current that boosted our speed by 4 to 5 miles an hour. And we noticed how WIDE the Mississippi river is. It felt more like a large lake.
We took it easy on the way to Alton, and arrived in less than an hour. We fueled up, because Alton is the last stop for diesel fuel until we get through 200 miles of the Mississippi River and 50 miles of the Ohio River. We don’t want to repeat our St. Louis low-fuel experience from May!
The Alton marina is at the foot of the hill on which Alton is built. We crossed the levee, walked along Broadway, enjoyed a local festival, and headed back to the boat for an easy evening.
We plan to take the day off tomorrow, find a local church service, and hit the Mississippi southbound early Monday.