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Old 07-22-2014, 03:45 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Rock Island, Illinois mile 480 UMR
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Default Riverboat TWILIGHT

Even though the flooding kept the big boats from coming up here this month, I did a little boat chasing Monday. I drove up to L&D 13 at Fulton and followed the TWILIGHT downriver to LeClaire. Rt. 84 parallels the river on the Illinois side and offers several good vantage points. However, the TWILIGHT scoots on down the river much faster than the QUEENS, so I was often left in her wake, or totally missed her. Here are some shots from yesterday, July 21, starting in L&D 13:
1)The widest point of the whole Mississippi is just above the lock and dam, some 5 miles wide. When I arrived, she was no where in sight, so I went back to Clinton to fill up with Iowa gas which is 30 cents cheaper. When I came back down the 2 mile roadway from the highway, still no sign of her. Then, out of the trees she appeared - on the guidewall already.
2)From the observation deck. I was the only one there, which is unusual for this site. In my DQ days, this was often the most crowded lock on the trip and I tossed many a doubloon to the kids. The decks aren't too crowded as the entertainer was performing inside. What should he be singing, but the Delta Queen Waltz!
3) Capt. Kevin Stier out to chat with me.
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