9-OCT-2020 Friday – Twin City Marina, Inver Grove Heights (~UMR mile 831) to Slipperys, Wabasha, MN (~UMR mile 760) 61.5 nautical miles (71 statute)
*UMR Upper Mississippi River statute mile
Elevation: 666 feet
Locks – Total Elevation Change 21 feet
Mississippi River Lock 2 – mile 815, Hastings, MN
Mississippi River Lock 3 – mile 797, Welch/Red Wing, MN
That ship has sailed! We left at first light. Not really. We were off after taking care of a few incidentals. First needed to dump the full recycle bin and full compacted bin that we forgot to last night. And we needed to make a pot coffee before we pulled the power cord.
It’s as pretty here in Minnesota, south of the Twin Cities, as other places on the Loop. The Grey Cloud area on the river is gorgeous, especially now in the Fall. I didn’t get a pictures of around there as it was still a little dark.
The GODs (Guys on Docks) warned us to keep mid channel. A bunch of the GODs with their boats and wifes took an overnight run to Treasure Island Casino out last week. We’d have gone too but had other commitments. A couple of them ran aground running near the bouys. Mid channel logged at 7.4 feet.
First lock out of the way. Lock 2, just outside of Hastings, MN.
Oh Look! It’s Steady Eddie!
It was serendipity running into our good friends Ed and Karen on Steady Eddie in Prescott, WI. They were on their way to Red Wing for the weekend.
Ed and Karen stopped in for a short visit while we were on the fuel dock. Then on to Red Wing
Guess where we are
Onto Lake Pepin
We called Slipperys in Wabasha, MN and asked if we could spend the night on their dock. WOO WOO. They said sure even though the sign said NO OVERNIGHT DOCKING.
Serendipity! HAHA! Look who showed up! Mark and Nancy have reservations at the St James Hotel in Red Wing……. for next weekend not this one. Oopsies. We invited them for the night since they were in the area and had no place to stay.