The end of Endless Summer

The end of Endless Summer

Sep 1, 2019 Sunday Port of Debuque – Mile 579, Debuque, IA   to Mile 674, Reno, MN   85.2 nautical miles.

43°30’34.6″N 91°13’03.7″W
43.509620, -91.217696
Elevation: 620 ft         Locks: 3  Ascent: 26 feet
                                       Lock 11 – mile 583, Dubuque, IA
                                       Lock 10 – mile 615, Guttenberg, IA
                                       Lock 9 – mile 648, Lynxville, WI and Harpers Ferry, IA
Remaining Statue Miles: 251

Along the Way

Illinois Central Railroad Bridge, Debuque – Checking clearance above the bimini.

Two miles north of 2 miles north the Port of Debuque we were north of the Illinois state line.  On Wisconsin! We did a hole lot of living on the rivers in Illinois and along the Illinois state line; running the gauntlet with the barges, partying with pirates, damming up and damming down. Hugging Illinois since Aug 13, twenty days, one day shy of three weeks.

The map ends here. Oopsie.
When we had the Raymarine chart plotter chip made for the Loop we forgot to tell the guy we needed the Mississippi River too. We still have our backup ipad Navionics.

Labor Day is the end of Endless Summer. There were so many boats on the river it sometimes felt like we were in a washing machining machine, making me wonder how the little boats felt. This was the worst little boat traffic we’ve been in the entire trip. Worse than Florida. Most-likely it has to do with Labor Day Weekend. Surprisingly, there was also a lot of barge traffic today. The heaviest barge traffic since we headed north on the Mississippi River. If there wasn’t an equal amount of up river traffic I’d have thought the dam had broke.

The little boats and wave runners are crazy! They only have one speed. Full speed. I’ve never seen such fast pontoons as there are on this river. What happened to the put-putters? Then there are ‘The Tubers’, water skiers and wake boarders. They too are running full into the mix with the other boats and slaloming around the bouys. If someone falls or falls off ……

Slip and slide on man made dredged-sand hill.
Lock 9 – mile 648, Lynxville, WI and Harpers Ferry, IA.
There are two Golder Looper boats in the the picture here, also waiting for the lift.
Migratory flock at campground


Dale’s first time in Minnesota in over a year!


The Driftless area is an area (as in Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa) that is free from glacial drift. It was surrounded by glaciers during the Pleistocene, last glacial period and yet remained untouched by passing glaciers. The area has deep cut river valleys, such as the Kickapoo, and rugged rock bluffs near La Crosse indicating lack of glacial drift

The ‘Driftless area’ includes the incised Paleozoic Plateau of southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. The region includes elevations ranging from 603 to 1,719 feet at Blue Mound State Park and covers an area of 24,000 square miles.


The term ‘Nautical’ originates from the Greek word ‘nauti’ meaning sailor.

The word skipper is synonymous with boat Captain and originates from the Dutch word ‘schipper’ that means the master of a trading vessel.

A yacht is a vessels used mainly for pleasure. The word ‘yacht’ comes from the Dutch word ‘jacht’ that means to hurry.  It has been Anglicized to yacht. The word yacht only applied to light fast vessels in its early usage

Nauti Words

Run the gauntlet
Meaning: go through an unpleasant experience
Origin: The term comes from a naval punishment where the punished crew member was forced to proceed between two lines of men who would beat and whip him. The word gauntlet was earlier spelled “gantlope” which originates from the Swedish “gata” meaning road, and “lopp” meaning course.

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