Waiting on wickets

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

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Flag of United States  , Illinois
Saturday, October 24, 2009

We left the Peoria city dock at 8:15 this morning and at 8:30 heard an announcement from the USCG stating that the Peoria Lock and Dam (only 2 miles downstream from us) was lowering the wicket dam. At first we thought this to be a pleasant surprise as lowering of the dam means that we would pass through without locking. A call to the lock confirmed that this was indeed the case but that the process would require 4 hours before they would allow passage. So we turned around wishing we had gotten moving 15 minutes earlier!  

So here we are, back at our spot on the Peoria city dock. The morning hasn't been wasted however as we did some shopping at a couple of local hardware shops and stocked up on fresh bread, greens, and local cheeses at Peoria's farmer's market (the last one of the season). 

We'll be leaving in about 2 hours and obviously won't be covering as much distance today as we had hoped.

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