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by curtgard
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
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Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

We also visited the River Discovery Center museum in downtown Paducah. There were several models of river boats along with a tow boat driving simulator at the museum. I did good but Noreen would not try it. One river boat model caught my eye. IMG_5665.JPG Our next stop was the National Quilt museum....
by curtgard
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 145
Views: 17005

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

More murals on the flood wall along Paducah waterfront
flood wall mural
flood wall mural
flood wall mural
flood wall mural
flood wall mural
flood wall mural
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by curtgard
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
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Views: 17005

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

Monday morning, we our off the boat for a tour of downtown Paducah having not been on shore for four days. The admiral takes a break as the temps are in the low 90's. IMG_5652.JPG Downtown Paducah has shops and galleries in located in old buildings that have been restored. IMG_5653.JPG There is a 11...
by curtgard
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 145
Views: 17005

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

We reach the Ohio River before noon and start upstream on the Ohio to Paducah. Our speed drops from 14-15 mph on the Mississippi to less than 8 mph on the Ohio River. The Ohio water is a blue green color whereas the Mississippi was chocolate brown. After going through the Olmsted lock on the Ohio Ri...
by curtgard
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 145
Views: 17005

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

We left Evansville Illinois on Sept. 26th and headed back to the Mississippi River and headed downstream. The further South we went on the Mississippi River, the stronger the current become. We were moving along at 15 mph at times when we normally would be going 8 mph at 2500 rpm. When we met tows g...
by curtgard
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 145
Views: 17005

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

I will get around the big bend of Florida by doing it in segments. The ICW (protected waters) ends a few miles East of Apalachicola at Carrabella Florida. At Carrabella, most boats on the Great Loop do an overnight passage across the Gulf to Tarpon Springs where the ICW starts again. This is because...
by curtgard
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 145
Views: 17005

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

We are anchored for the next couple of days by Cape Girardeau, Mo. on a side canal of the Mississippi. Our next stop will be Paducah, Ky.

Bill: Yes we will be coming down the Tenn-Tom waterway.
Kens: We would love to meet up with you when we get to your area. Lets keep in touch.

Curt
by curtgard
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
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Views: 17005

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

We continued past St. Louis and on down the Mississippi to the Kaskaskia River where we turned up the Kaskaskia and went upstream about 10 miles to Evansville, Illinois and docked at a free dock at a bar/grill. This location is not far from where Ray and Vickie Macke live so they came down and we we...
by curtgard
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 145
Views: 17005

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

Just after the Illinois River and Mississippi River meet the scenery changes to high bluffs along the Mississippi IMG_5625.JPG Also North of St Louis, the Missouri River empties in to the Mississippi River. Near this area, a statue of Our Lady of the Rivers overlooks the river. This shrine was erect...
by curtgard
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 145
Views: 17005

Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

Well, we are finally off on the trip of our lifetime and the major reason I spent four years of my life building this boat. The Great Loop is a water route that basically circles the Eastern half of the United Stated. A quick internet search can give you lots of details on the route so I won't repea...
by curtgard
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-Upper Mississippi River
Replies: 12
Views: 3008

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-Upper Mississippi River

The next day we arrive at Clinton Iowa, where we dock at the Clinton Marina for two nights. This is as far down river that we will travel on this trip so we get a rental car and drive back up to Red Wing MN to get the van and trailer. Before we load the boat back on the trailer, we wait by the Union...
by curtgard
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-Upper Mississippi River
Replies: 12
Views: 3008

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-Upper Mississippi River

Our next stop was in Dubuque at the marina in Ice Harbor. This marina is close to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and the Diamond Jo Casino. There also is a walking path on top of the river levee that leads to a hotel and indoor waterpark. IMG_5601.JPG IMG_5598.JPG After leaving D...
by curtgard
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-Upper Mississippi River
Replies: 12
Views: 3008

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-Upper Mississippi River

Most of the tows/barges were nothing special until we came to two different sets of tows with windmill blades on top of the barges IMG_5591.JPG .We were never far from the railroad tracks and sometimes they were right along the river bank IMG_5589.JPG There were lots of homes high up on the river bl...
by curtgard
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-Upper Mississippi River
Replies: 12
Views: 3008

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-Upper Mississippi River

Continuing on down the river, we stop for the night at LaCrosse Wisconsin and Marquette Iowa. There were lots of birds in the trees and on sandbar islands. IMG_5574.JPG At Lansing Iowa, we pass under the highway 9 bridge. IMG_5585.JPG The dock at Marquette was near a river boat casino, so off we wen...
by curtgard
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-Upper Mississippi River
Replies: 12
Views: 3008

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-Upper Mississippi River

After docking at Wabasha MN, we walked to Slippery Restaurant where I had a catfish supper. This place was made famous from the movie Grumpy Old Men. The next day brought more trains.
Crude oil from North Dakota
Crude oil from North Dakota
This area along the river has high bluffs
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