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Trip Start Oct 17, 2009
Trip End Nov 15, 2009

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Our 37 mile trip yesterday was a mixture of pretty forests showing their fall colors and drab industrial parks belching smoke and loading cargo onto enormous barges. 

We are currently on the Des Plaines River but spent most of yesterday along the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The name of this latter waterway specifies its two main functions: the first is that it carries away Chicago's wastewater so that it does not pollute Lake Michigan (and instead contributes to the pollution of the Mississippi basin and thus the Gulf of Mexico) and the second is that it is the connection for commercial shipping between Chicago with the inland rivers. 

We arrived to Joliet yesterday around 2:45pm, much earlier than we had anticipated because we had no wait to pass through the Lockport Lock. We dropped an elevation of 40 feet passing through the lock.

We also got super lucky in that we encountered minimal barge traffic as well. We'll see what cards are dealt as we head along today. We probably won't set off until 1pm. It's nice not to feel rushed. We'll only be going 20 miles or so (but with two locks) and we'll be anchoring behind an island called Sugar Island near the town of Morris. Fifteen miles from our current location, the Des Plains River joins the Kankakee River, forming the Illinois.

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