Aug 28, 2019 Wednesday Mile 368, Sandusky, IA to Bluff Harbor Marina, mile 404, Burlington, IA 33.2 nautical miles.
Elevation: 519 ft Locks: 0 Ascent: 0 feet
Remaining Statue Miles: 426
It’s lonely out here on the Mississippi River. We’re kinda missing the other Looper boats and other pleasure boats (aka rec vessels). There are barges and tows around here but only a few of them are moving around. Quiet.
Along the Way
The Machinosaurus. When our kids were young we had a children’s book called ‘The Machinosaurus’. This conveyor reminded me of a machinosaurs. (book spoiler alert – Betty’s Pies saved the day)
Burlington, IA. We’re going to need a mark twain twain lift to clear the railroad bridge.
The marina manager Jon and guys at the dock convinced us to stay the night. They didn’t have to work to hard. It’s been lonely out here on the Mississippi River. Our plan to make two locks today just went by the board.
The marina had a pair of rental electric bikes. We pedaled them all over town. Dale rode in Turbo speed and Mary in Eco speed. One of us got more exercise than the other. It would be Mary.
The Mississippi River is the second longest river in the United States and flows 2,340 miles from beginning to end. (The Missouri River is the longest river.) From its source, Lake Itasca, to its end, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River drops 1,475 feet. It possesses such an overwhelming length that it takes 90 days for a single drop of water to travel all the way down it.
Go by the board
Meaning: abandoned, rejected, or ignored
Origin: fall overboard. Generally usage is of a mast falling past the board (i.e. the side of the ship)
Drolleries and Yuks
What fish can perform operations?