Thursday, September 8, 2011

Day 372        Harborside Marina
Wilmington, IL
Thursday, September 1, 2011

 Sunrise over the Chicago Lighthouse

 Jeremiah leaves DuSable Harbor

 Sunrise shines on the Chicago skyline

Our last look at Navy Pier

  Entering the Chicago Lock

 Trump International Tower

 Jeremiah leaving downtown Chicago

 Fish barrier intended to keep Asian Carp out of Lake Michigan

 Harborside Marina
It was a grueling 9-1/2 hour day with temperatures in the 90s and a heat index of over 100, but we began our journey through Illinois.  We traveled down the Chicago River, through downtown Chicago, past the barges in the Chicago Sanitary Canal, past Joliet on the Illinois River, through 3 locks, under 72 bridges and finally stopped at Harborside Marina at Wilmington, Illinois.  What a day.  After the beauty of downtown Chicago, we encountered the most industrial and unattractive part of the loop.   All of us were exhausted and glad to be at the marina.    
We checked out the restaurant, but had a quiet evening on board.                  
Total miles: 54       Total bridges:  72       Total locks:  3

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