At 6:00 this morning at the Alton Marina, a volunteer from one of the looper boats called the lockmaster of the Mel Price Lock (just a mile south) to check when a group of ten boats could lock through. The lockmaster’s response was that if we came right away, we could get through with no wait. So, by 6:30 AM, all ten boats were on the way to the lock.
It was only a three foot drop, so we got through quickly and made our way down the Mississippi, down the Chain of Rocks Canal, and through a second lock, to downtown St. Louis.
Rhonda volunteered to photograph all of the boats as they came through downtown St. Louis, with the Gateway Arch in the background.
We will collect email addresses and send the photos this evening. Here is one example with our new acquaintances on “Passages”, a DeFever 49 Cockpit Motor Yacht.
There are very few places for non-commercial boats to safely spend the night along the upper Mississippi River. One of those places is the Kaskaskia lock wall, at mile marker 118 on the Mississippi, just upstream on the Kaskaskia River from the confluence of the Kaskaskia and the Mississippi. It is just what it sounds like, a lock wall, no shore power, no Wi-Fi internet, no city water, no phone, no food, no pets, but it is a safe place to tie up for the night. We were the second of ten boats to arrive, so after getting tied up, we and others helped the other boats with their lines. Good collaboration among fellow boaters!
We fired up the generator, turned on the air conditioning, and are planning to have dinner onboard since the marina restaurant does not exist!
Tomorrow’s tentative plan is another 90+ miles down the Mississippi to the Boston Bar anchorage for the night, and then a third day down what’s left of the Mississippi River and up the Ohio River to Paducah City Marina on the Ohio River.