It’s lonely out here

It’s lonely out here

Aug 28, 2019 Wednesday Mile 368, Sandusky, IA  to  Bluff Harbor Marina, mile 404, Burlington, IA    33.2 nautical miles.

40°49’09.1″N 91°05’54.8″W
40.819181, -91.098557
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.

Bluff Harbor Marina. We pulled into Bluff Harbor Marina about 1:00 PM for fuel stayed for the night. Bluff Harbor Marina didn’t have fuel at the dock but the did have a truck that came in and serviced fuel for boats.

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.

Snake Alley Circa 1894.
In the 1940s, writer Robert L. Ripley saw the street in person, and decided to add it to his Ripley’s Believe It, Or Not! column, calling it “The Crookedest Street in the World”. The turns on Snake Alley are sharper than San Francisco’s famous Lombard Street, giving it a total of 1100° of turning from end to end, where Lombard Street’s straighter curves total only 1000°. Snake Alley consists of five half-curves and two quarter-curves over a distance of 275 feet (83.8 m), rising 58.3 ft (17.8 m), a 21% grade, from Washington Street to Columbia. The alley originally provided a shortcut from Heritage Hill to the business district. Bricks were laid at an angle to allow horses better footing as they descended.
In 2017, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! recognized the street as “Unbelievably Crooked” and the #1 Odd Spot in their Odd Spots Across America Campaign.


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.

Nauti Words

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?
     The sturgeon

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