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Stage 1:    MN to FL Panhandle (Sandestin) - 10/07-23/02

10-07-02    0840: Dpt Afton Marina & Yacht Club, Afton, MN, Mile 12, St. Croix River, engine hours: 256.

                    0930: Enter Mississippi River @ Prescott, WI, Mile 811.

                    1100: Through Lock #3, Mile 797, drop 3'.

                    1530: Arr Mississippi Parkside Marina, Wabasha, MN, Mile 760, 63 mi trvld, engine hrs: 262.

10-08-02    0900: Dpt Wabasha, MN.

                    1000: Through Lock #4, Mile 753, drop 3'.

                    1100: Through Lock #5, Mile 738, drop 5'.

                    1140: Through Lock #5A, Mile 728, drop 1'.

                    1230: Through Lock #6, Mile 714, drop 4'.

                    1340: Through Lock #7, Mile 702, drop 1'.

                    1415: Through Soo Line swing-bridge, Mile 700 (after 1/2 hr wait).

                    1630: Through Lock #8, Mile 679, drop 4'.

                    1730: Arr Lansing Municiple Harbor, Lansing, IA, Mile 664, 96 mi trvld, engine hrs: 270.

10-09-02    0830: Dpt Lansing, IA.

                    1000: Through Lock #9, Mile 648, drop 3' (after 1/2 hr wait).

                    1200: Through Lock #10, Mile 615, drop 1'.

                    1300: Fuel stop @ Landing 615, Guttenberg, IA, 171 gal @ $1.399 = $222.

                    1500: Through Lock #11, Mile 583, 5' drop (after 1/2 hr wait).

                    1645: Through Lock #12, Mile 557, 1' drop.

                    1800: Through Sabula RR swing-bridge, Mile 534 (after 1/2 hr wait).

                    1815: Arr Island City Harbor, Sabula, IA, Mile 534, 130 mi trvld, engine hrs: 280.

10-10-02    0900: Dpt Sabula, IA.

                    1000: Through Lock #13, Mile 522, 6' drop (after 1/2 hr wait).

                    1045: Through Clinton RR swing-bridge, Mile 518 (after 1/2 hr wait).

                    1400: Through Lock #14, Mile 493, 4' drop (after 1 hr wait).

                    1530: Through Lock #15/RR swing-bridge, Mile 483, 6' drop (after 1/2 hr wait).

                    1600: Fuel stop @ Sunset Marina, Rock Island, IL, 118 gal @ $1.709 = $200.

                    1700: Stay @ Sunset Park Marina, Rock Island, IL, Mile 480, 54 mi trvld, eng hrs: 286.

10-11-02    0840: Dpt Rock Island, IL.

                    1030: Mx stop, engine overheat, Fairport Landing, IA, Mile 463, both strainers clogged.

                    1315: Through Lock #16, Mile 457, 4' drop.

                    1400: Through Lock #17, Mile 437, 1' drop.

                    1445: Through old RR draw-bridge,  Mile 428, no longer operational (always open).

                    1600: Through Lock #18, Mile 410, 3' drop (after 1 hr wait).

                    1630: Arr Bluff Harbor Marina, Burlington, IA, Mile 404, 76 mi trvld, engine hrs: 293.

10-12-02    1130: Dpt Burlington, IA, after fueling, 240 gal @ $1.699 = $406.

                    1215: Through Burlington RR swing-bridge, Mile 403 (after 3/4 hr wait).

                    1315: Through Ft. Madison RR/Highway swing-bridge, Mile 384.

                    1500: Arr Keokuk Yacht Club, Keokuk, IA, Mile 367, 37 mi trvld, engine hrs: 296.

10-13-02    0715: Dpt Keokuk, IA.

                    0745: Through Lock #19 (with bollards!), Mile 365, 38' drop (& upper gate goes down!).

                    0845: Through Lock #20, Mile 343, 1' drop.

                    1045: Through Lock #21, Mile 325, 4' drop (after 1 hr wait).

                    1100: Passed "Wm Thompson" dredging operation, Mile 319.

                    1130: Through Hannibal RR lift-bridge, Mile 310.

                    1215: Through Lock #22, Mile 302, 3' drop.

                    1230: Fuel stop @ Two Rivers Marina, Mile 283, 181 gal @ $1.899 = $345.

                    1600: Through Lock #24 (there is no #23), Mile 273, 5' drop (after 1 1/2 hr wait).

                    1730: Arr Timberlake Marina, Elsberry, MO, Mile 258, 109 mi trvld, engine hrs: 306.

10-14-02    0830 Dpt Elsberry, MO.

                    1045 Through Lock #25, Mile 241, 6' drop (after 2 hr wait).

                    1200 Passed mouth of Illinois River, Mile 218.

                    1315 Through Melvin Price Lock #26, Mile 201, 20' drop.

                    1320 Passed mouth of Missouri River, Mile 195.

                    1430 Through Lock #27, Mile 185 (Lower end of Chain of Rocks Canal), 20' drop.

                    1630 Fuel stop at Hoppie's Marine Service, Kimmswick, MO, 180 gal @ $1.57 = $283.

                    1630 Stay at Hoppie's, Kimmswick, MO, Mile 158, 100 mi trvld, eng hrs: 314.

10-15-02    0830 Dpt Kimmswick, MO.

                    1100 Passed Chester highway bridge, Mile 110.

                    1130 Passed Liberty Island, Mile 100 (site of April, 2002 anchorage).

                    1400 Passed Diversion Channel anchorage, Mile 49.

                    1525 Passed large dredging operation, Mile 22.

                    1630 Arr Lower Angelo Towhead anchorage, Mile 1.5, 157 mi trvld, eng hrs: 322.

10-16-02    0830 Dpt Lower Angelo Towhead anchorage, and turn up the Ohio River @ Mile 981.

                    1000 Passed Olmstead Locks (under construction), Mile 964.

                    1010 Over Dam #53 (wickets down), Mile 963.

                    1130 Over Dam #52 (wickets down), Mile 939.

                    1200 Turn @ mouth of Tennessee River, Mile 934 on Ohio River.

                    1530 Through Kentucky Lock, Mile 23, 56' lift (after 2 hr wait).

                    1545 Abort fuel stop @ Kentucky Dam Marina (unexpected wait).

                    1615 Arr Green Turtle Bay Marina, Grand Rivers, KY, off Barkley Canal @ Mile 25.

                              75 miles traveled, engine hours: 330.

10-17-02    0800 Fuel @ Green Turtle Bay, 356 gal @ $1.38 (w/Boat US disc) = $460.

 

Mid-point data summary:

                    10 days traveled; engine hours: 75; avg/day = 7.5 hrs.

                    860 miles traveled; avg/day = 86 miles; avg spd = 11.2 mph (includes no-wake & idle time).

                    1,246 gallons of fuel used; 16.6 gph; 1.45 gal/mile; cost = $1,916; avg = $1.54/gal.

 

                    0950 Dpt Green Turtle Bay Marina & re-enter Kentucky Lake (Tenn R) @ Mile 25.

                    1210 Passed Scott-Fitzhugh Bridge (US 79) & mouth of Big Sandy River, Mile 66.

                    1250 Passed Old Lousville & Nashville RR bridge (ctr span removed), Mile 78.

                    1415 Under Johnsonville RR bridge, Mile 100, clearance 25' (we're 21' w/antenna down).

                    1450 Passed mouth of Duck River, Mile 110.

                    1630 Fuel stop @ Mermaid Marina, Perryville, TN, 200 gal @ $1.499 = $300.

                    1700 Stay @ Mermaid Marina, Mile 140, 115 miles traveled, engine hours: 338.

10-18-02    0820 Dpt Mermaid Marina.

                    1120 Passed dredging operation, Mile 185.

                    1330 Through Pickwick Landing Lock, Mile 207, 55' lift (after 15 minute wait).

                    1400 Arr Grand Harbor Marina at entrance to Tenn-Tom, Mile 215 (TN R), 450 (Tenn-Tom).

                    1500 Oil change ($653) and stay @ Grand Harbor, Pickwick, TN/MS, 75 mi trvld, eng hrs: 344.

10-19-02    0800 Dpt Grand Harbor, Pickwick.

                    0825 Passed Scruggs Bridge, Mile 443, entering "Divide Cut" (The Canal) from Pickwick Lake.

                    0925 Passed "The Divide," Mile 426, Deepest part of the Cut (175' see "Nitty Gritty" p.81).

                    0940 End "Divide Cut" and enter Bay Springs Lake, Mile 419.

                    1040 Through Whitten Lock, Mile 411, 84' lift (with 3 other Carvers from King's Cove).

                    1140 Through Montgomery Lock, Mile 407, 30' drop.

                    1300 Through Rankin Lock, Mile 398, 30' drop.

                    1355 Through Fulton Lock, Mile 391, 25' drop.

                    1505 Through Wilkins Lock, Mile 376, 25' drop.

                    1545 Through Amory Lock, Mile 371, 30' drop.

                    1700 Through Aberdeen Lock, Mile 357, 27' drop.

                    1800 Stop for fuel @ Columbus Marina, Columbus, MS, 290 gal @ $1.46 = $423.

                    1900 Stay @ Columbus Marina, Mile 335, 115 miles traveled, engine hours: 353.

10-20-02    0745 Dpt Columbus, MS.

                    0815 Through Stennis Lock, Mile 335, 27' drop.

                    1045 Through Beville Lock, Mile 307, 27' drop.

                    1215 Through Heflin Lock, Mile 266, 36' drop.

                    1600 Arr Demopolis Yacht Basin, Demopolis, AL, Mile 216, 119 mi trvld, eng hrs: 361.

10-21-02    0800 Top off fuel @ Demopolis Yacht Basin, 196 gal @ $1.36 = $266.

                    0900 Dpt Demopolis, AL.

                    1430 Arr Bobby's Fish Camp, Silas, AL, Mile 118, 117 mi trvld, engine hours: 367.

10-22-02    0700 Dpt Bobby's Fish Camp.

                    0745 Through Coffeeville Lock, Mile 117, 34' drop

                    1230 Through "14 Mile RR swing-bridge," Mile 13.

                    1300 Under Cochran suspension bridge (Hwy 90/31/98), Mile 3.

                    1330 Mobile Convention Center, Mile 0.

                    1430 Through Mobile Harbor in Mobile Ship Channel.

                    1530 Arr Dog River Marina, Mobile AL.

                    1630 Fuel & stay @ Dog River Marina, 370 gal @ $1.36 = $507

10-23-02    0815 Dpt Dog River Marina, Mobile, AL.

                    0945 Intercept ICW @ Red Marker #124.

                    1000 Enter channel eastbound across Mobile Bay.

                    1115 On AL/FL state line @ Perdido Bay (between Bear Point & Point Ono).    

                    1200 Enter Pensacola Bay.

                    1245 Enter Santa Rosa Sound.

                    1500 Pass under Brooks Bridge east of Ft. Walton Beach, FL to enter Choctawhatchee Bay.

                    1615 Arr Baytowne Marina, Sandestin, FL (destination for Stage 1).

Stage 1 End-point data summary:

                    17 days traveled; 42 locks; engine hours: 128 ; avg/day = 7.5 hrs.

                    1600 miles traveled; avg/day = 94 miles; avg spd = 12.5 mph (includes no-wake & idle time).

                    2,460 gallons of fuel used; 19.2 gph; 1.55 gal/mile; cost = $3,646; avg = $1.48/gal.

Stage 2:    FL Panhandle to Ft. Myers, FL Area - 01/28-02/02/03

01-28-03    0740 Dpt Baytowne Marina, Sandestin, FL

                    Mostly sunny, 60+ degrees, Wind E-10 kts, waves calm to light chop. Entered the "Ditch" @ east end of Choctawhatchie Bay. Thru East Bay toward Panama City. New construction @ Hathaway Bridge where work boat cut thru channel in front of us forcing us to dead stop; reported to USCG. Red/green marker confusion in St. Andrews Bay where ICW crosses Panama City ship channel.

                    1530 Arr Scipio Creek Marina, Apalachicola, FL; take on fuel, 216 gal @ $1.259 = $272.

                    Took taxi tour of Apalachicola historic district with "George," then dinner @ Papa Joe's.

01-29-03    0500 Early morning prep for Gulf crossing; engine fluids check OK.

                    0640 Dpt Scipio Creek Marina @ dawn; fair skies, Bay calm.

                    0800 Ran aground on sand shoaling 30 yds NE of G"3" marker, S of range marker inside Government Cut, precisely following "local knowledge." Called BoatUS, Carabelle, and waited, watching fishing boats clear channel to our east, between the range marker and red buoy, exactly where I was told not to go!

                    1000 Towed off sand; checked rudders and props; OK to go (2 hrs late); BoatUS lead us thru channel, avoiding shoaling from the east side at mid-channel. Dpt G"1" buoy on course 130T.

                    1200 GPS fix @ 29-21.2N, 84-34.3W, wind SE 10-15 (stronger than fcst), confused seas 3+ ft; 16 kts cruise uncomfortable; pulled back to 9 kts.

                    1205 Radar fix on Horn 3, brng 090, 3.0 nm.

                    1300 GPS fix @ 29-10.9N, 84-21.9W, wind SE 10, seas 2', back on plane @ 16 kts.

                    1326 Radar fix on Horn 4, brng 090, 2.7 nm.

                    1400 GPS fix @ 28-59.6N, 84-00.2W, wind SE 10, seas 1-2'.

                    1500 GPS fix @ 28-47.5N, 83-53.5W.

                    1600 GPS fix @ 28-36.5N, 83-37.7W.

                    1730 GPS fix @ 28-20.4N, 83-15.3W, seas calm; 1815 sunset.

                    1915 Arr Clearwater channel marker G"1" after one hour dodging crab pots in the dark.

                    1930 Docked @ Clearwater Municipal Marina. A long day, but we made it!

01-30-03    1100 Fueled up @ Clearwater; 310 gal @ $1.35 + 7% tax = $448.

                    1200 Dpt Clearwater Muni through the Pass "outside." Gorgeous, calm, mostly sunny, 70s.

                    1330 Cross Tampa ship channel 8 nm offshore.

                    1500 Through Longboat Pass bascule bridge to ICW.

                    1530 Turn right @ G"15" to course of 255T to Longboat Key Moorings.

                    1600 Docked in slip D9, Longboat Key Moorings, next to another Carver 506.

01-31-03    1330 Dpt Longboat Key Moorings, return N on ICW due to dredging @ New Pass.

                    1430 Outbound @ Longboat Key Pass; mostly sunny, calm, w/lgt NW later, <2' seas.

                    1730 Enter Boca Grande Pass channel to Charlotte Harbor; turn N on ICW.

                    1830 Docked in slip 40, Uncle Henry's at dark; 2 hrs after low tide, touched bottom (4.5').

02-02-03    1230 Engine room check OK.

                    1315 Dpt Uncle Henry's (2 hrs before high tide).

                    1345 Enter ICW southbound; Gorgeous, sunny, mid-70s, light SE breeze.

                    1530 Enter Calusahatchie River @ Manatee no wake; heavy boat traffic.

                    1630 Dock @ City Pier (foot of Hendry Street), Ft. Myers Yacht Basin.

02-03-03    0830 Ft. Myers fuel dock; 350 gal @ $1.46 - 10% BoatUS disc = $449.

Stage 2 End-point data summary:

                    5 days traveled; engine hours: 35; avg/day = 7 hrs.

                    506 miles traveled; avg/day = 101 miles; avg spd = 14.5 mph.

                    876 gallons of fuel used; 25 gph; 1.73 gal/mile; cost = $1,169; avg = $1.334/gal.

Stage 3:    Ft. Myers to Keys to Ft. Lauderdale - 02/07-25/03

02-07-03    1100 Dpt Ft. Myers Yacht Basin; calm, lifting fog, mostly cloudy.

                    1230 Pass thru manatee no wake channel @ mouth of Calusahatchie. Confusion with range markers and G"101" to leave ICW southbound toward Sanibel bridge.

                    1300 Pass Sanibel Causeway lift bridge with "good 27' clearance" (1' to spare w/antenna up).

                    1330 By 2nd Red marker enter fog bank, visibility dropped to <1/4 mi; U turn back thru bridge.

                    1400 Radio call to Punta Rassa Basin marina drew response from dockmaster from Port Sanibel marina in small boat rescuing his grounded charter boat. Guided us to "safe haven" thru long, winding, narrow channel (one hour before high tide).

                    1500 Tied down @ slip F11 on end of dock; stbd prop hit bottom during "spin" @ dock. Called Marco River Marina regarding "abort" of day trip due to fog.

02-08-03    1630 After 0600 high tide was not high enough to leave in shallow channel (1200 low tide was 12" below low mean tide), exited Connie Mack Island channel @ higher tide with 6" to spare (5' at shallowest point). Not enough daylight to make Marco Island, but had to get out of low channel.

                    1730 Docked @ Sanibel Harbor & Resort, Punta Rassa, by Skipperliner dinner boat to assure "deep water" the next morning. Had to enter tricky harbor stern first around Sea Ray bow pulpit, with strong tidal current and north wind. No damage; no casualties.

02-09-03    0705 Dpt Punta Rassa & pass thru Sanibel Causeway lift bridge.

                    0725 Dpt G"1" channel entrance @ San Carlos Bay Pass (off Sanibel Island). Course 180T; 16 kts.

                    0900 GPS fix @ 25-59.06N, 81-56.95W; wind SE 10, 1' seas.

                    0907 Radar fix abeam Big Marco Pass, brng 270, rng 12 nm.

                    0933 Radar fix abeam Cape Romano, brng 270, rng 16 nm.

                    1030 GPS fix @ 25-32.15N, 81-55.63W; sunny w/horizon haze, wind SE 10, surface chop on 1-2' NE waves, w/occasional 1-2' N swells, sea 66.5 degrees, depth 51'.

                    1110 Met "Purrseverance" (Ft. Myers/Key West shuttle) north bound.

                    1130 25-14.38N, 81-55.18W; finally out of crab pots!

                    1135 Dolphin sighting.

                    1205 Radar fix abeam Cape Sable (S tip), brng 270, rng 52 nm.

                    1330 Enter NW Channel to Key West @ G"1"; calming seas, course 140T, 9nm to ship channel.

                    1430 Docked in slip 23, A&B Marina, Key West.

02-16-03    1100 Dpt A&B Marina for day cruise to Boca Grande Key (14 nm W of Key West).

                    1800 Returned to slip 23 @ A&B Marina (3 hrs on engine meters).

02-23-03    1030 Left slip 23 to fuel dock; 350 gal @ $1.80 = $630.

                    1100 Cruised ship channel south 4 nm thru reef into Atlantic Ocean.

                    1130 Back on course up Hawk Channel, 2 nm off-shore; cloudy, wind NE 10, 1-2' seas, a&w temp 80.

                    1430 Arr Duck Key channel entrance.

                    1500 Docked in slip @ Hawk's Cay Marina.

02-25-03    0800 Dpt Hawk's Cay Marina one hour before low tide, minimum depth 5.2' @ dolphin pen.

                    0830 Dpt Duck Key channel entrance; ptly sunny, wind E-SE 10, 1-2' seas inside reef.

                    1330 Passed Miami Beach; wind SE 10-15, seas 2-3' in ocean near shore.

                    1430 Enter Port Everglade Channel @ Ft. Lauderdale.

                    1500 Docked in slip C29, Las Olas Municipal Marina.

02-27-03    1200 Moved Souvenir to Cable Marine (down Marriott canal) for maintenance/warranty work.

03-11-03    1400 Moved Souvenir back to Las Olas Marina to prepare for next Stage.

Stage 3 End-point data summary:

                    7 days traveled; engine hours: 29; avg/day = 4.1 hrs.

                    414 miles traveled; avg/day =  59.1 miles; avg spd = 14.3 mph.

                    700 gallons of fuel used; 24.1 gph; 1.69 gal/mile; cost = $1,295; avg = $1.85/gal.

Stage 4:    Bahamas (aborted)

Stage 5:    Ft. Lauderdale to Norfolk, VA

04-28-03    1130 Dpt Las Olas Marina (mm 1064) for Ft. Lauderdale Marina fuel dock; 

                              350 gal @ $1.899 = $665.

                    1200 Port Everglades re-opens after 5 USN destroyers (incl USS Cole) arr for Fleet Week.

                    1230 Dpt Port Everglades channel outside.

                    1500 Enter Lake Worth Inlet & dock in Sailfish Marina, slip 5 on Charter Dock, on Singer Island.

04-30-03    0900 Dpt Sailfish Marina (mm 1018) inside on ICW.

                    1100 Cross Jupiter Inlet.

                    1130 Pass Mile Marker 1000 (statute miles from Norfolk, VA).

                    1300 Dpt St. Lucie Inlet & go outside.

                    1415 Enter Ft. Pierce Inlet & return to ICW inside.

                    1515 Heavy rain in thunderstorm, but light wind; slowed to low speed idle with low visibility.

                              Observed distinct "hook echo" on radar NE of position, 1 to 2 miles south of Vero Beach

                              over Barrier Island and seashore. Storm began clearing as we approached north bridge.

                    1600 Docked at Vero Beach Municipal Marina as rain subsided.

05-01-03    0830 Took Billie Jo to dog park to play with 15 dogs off the leash.

                    1000 Dpt Vero Beach (mm  952) on ICW.

                    1200 Pass Melbourne, FL.

                    1300 Spotted NASA Vehicle Assembly Building to the NE.

                    1330 Cross entrance to Canaveral Barge Channel.

                    1430 Through highway swing bridge.

                    1500 Arr Titusville Municipal Marina fuel dock; 330 gal @ $1.64 = $542.

                    1600 Tied down on Dock A end-T.

                    1900 Manatee sighted between boat & dock; close enough to touch.

05-02-03    0830 Dpt Titusville (mm 878) on Indian River on ICW.

                    0930 Cross "Haulover Canal" into Mosquito Lagoon.

                    1030 Hit "soft bottom" in channel <100' east of R14 marker (depth 4'); wiggled out.

                    1130 Long Manatee minimum wake, north end of Lagoon to New Smyrna Beach.

                              DPH spotted a Manatee.

                    1200 Dpt Ponce de Leon Inlet with radio (local knowledge) assistance from SeaTow.

                              Lots of jelly-fish in Inlet. Set autopilot on 350 degrees & cruised 2 miles offshore.

                    1530 Arr St. Augustine Channel entrance.

                    1600 Docked in Conch House Marina, slip D12.

05-04-03    1100 Dpt Conch House Marina (mm 777) on ICW.

                    1400 Arr Beach Marine, Jacksonville Beach, FL, after 10 mi @ 1200 rpm for docks.

05-05-03    0930 Dpt Beach Marine (mm 748) on ICW.

                    1100 Cross St. John's River ship channel (to Jacksonville).

                    1130 Dpt St. John's channel entrance behind ship with pilot boat to go outside.

                    1340 Cross St. Mary's River Inlet (GA border).

                    1430 Enter channel to St. Andrews' Sound to return to ICW.

                    1500 Arr Jekyll Harbor Marina fuel dock; 350 gal @ $1.359 = $476.

                    1600 Tied down on transient dock.

05-06-03    0715 Dpt Jekyll Harbor (mm 686) on ICW.

                              All day weaving through rivers, backwater cuts and sounds, behind sailboats & trawlers.

                              Six faster boats (3 Sea Rays) swamped us entering Obawasso Sound, then tied up

                              early at Isle of Hope Marina.

                    1400 Arr Palmer Johnson Marina astonished that we averaged 13 knots for 103 miles!

05-09-03    1145 Dpt Palmer Johnson (mm 583) after getting mirror panel in dining area repaired.

                    1245 Crossed Savannah River on ICW.

                    1330 Stopped @ Daufuskie Island Marina on ICW for fuel; 199 gal @ $1.269 = $252.

                    1415 Arr Harbour Town Yacht Basin, Hilton Head, SC.

                    1500 Carefully backed into slip 43 with cross-wind!

05-12-03    0900 Dpt Hilton Head (mm 564) on ICW; eight hours crossing rivers & back-water inlets

                              and shallow, winding cuts; barge actually stopped in narrow cut to let us pass.

                    1100 Passed Beufort (byoo-fert), SC.

                    1300 Generator overheat/shut down; wouldn't re-start.

                    1530 Finally! Ashley River @ Charleston, SC after 5 miles of "no wake."

                    1630 Approaching Isle of Palms Marina; called for mechanic for generator.

                    1700 Docked @ slip G3; generator OK.

05-13-03    0900 Dpt Isle of Palms (mm 456) on ICW.

                    1300 Passed Georgetown; easy going through marsh lined rivers & cuts >10' deep.

                              Waccamaw River very nice cruising; lots of sailboats northbound and docks

                              forced "slow wake" for last 20 miles through Myrtle Beach area.

                    1545 Through swing bridge under rehab after 15 minute holdup.

                    1730 Arr Dock Holiday's Marina fuel dock; 330 gal @ $1.289 = $426.

                    1839 Docked in slip A4.

05-14-03    0830 Dpt Dock Holiday's (mm 348) on ICW; immediate 15 min wait at swing bridge.

                    1000 Cross NC border after "sneaking" under Wrightsville & Figure Eight swing bridges

                              (22' clearance with VHF down); also 15 minute wait @ Sunset pontoon (novel!) bridge.

                    1300 Passed Southport, NC.

                    1530 Passed Harbor Village Marina (Winston Fowler's); decided to keep moving.

                    1600 Just missed swing bridge opening causing one hour wait.

                    1700 Through swing bridge.

                    1745 Arr Swan Point Marina, Snead's Ferry, NC.

                    1800 Docked with help from Betty & Lee!

05-15-03    0730 Dpt Swan Point (mm 247) on ICW.

                    0830 Through Onslow swing bridge after 1/2 hour wait; enter Camp Lejuene danger zone.

                    1030 Passed Morehead City/Beufort (boh-furt), NC.

                    1500 Docked at River Forest Marina, Belhaven, NC; fueled in slip; 320 gal @ $1.259 = $403.

05-16-03    0720 Dpt Belhaven (mm 135) on ICW.

                    0830 Enter Alligator/Pungo River Canal in dense fog with 6 sailboats; visibility < 1/8 mile.

                              Lots of debris (sticks & logs).

                    0900 Fog cleared and got by sailboats.

                    1200 Across Albemarle Sound to Coinjock; cruising!

                    1300 Cross VA state line (mm 34).

                    1400 Through North Landing swing bridge

                    1430 Through Centerville swing bridge.

                    1500 Docked on transient dock Atlantic Yacht Basin (mm 12), Chesapeake, VA.

05-17-03    1430 Moved Souvenir to wet storage basin after fuel up; 210 gal @ $1.24 = $261.

Stage 5 End-point data summary:

                    13 days traveled; engine hours: 82; avg/day = 6.3 hrs.

                    1,052 miles traveled; avg/day =  80.9 miles; avg spd = 12.8 mph.

                    1,740 gallons of fuel used; 21.2 gph; 1.65 gal/mile; cost = $2,360; avg = $1.36/gal.

Cumulative Stages 1 thru 5 data summary:

                    42 days traveled; engine hours: 274; avg/day = 6.5 hrs.

                    3,572 statute miles traveled; avg/day =  85.0 miles; avg spd = 13.0 mph.

                    5,776 gallons of fuel used; 21.1 gph; 1.62 gal/mile; cost = $8,470; avg = $1.47/gal.

Stage 6: Norfolk, VA to New York City

06-14-03    Moved Souvenir from storage area at Atlantic Yacht Basin back to the transient dock.

06-15-03    1245    Dpt Atantic Yacht Basin, with grandkids, Paige & Blake; light rain.

                    1330    Through Great Bridge Lock

                    1530    Arr Waterside Marina, Norfolk, VA, 12 sm trvld.

06-17-03    0830    Dpt Waterside Marina, Norfolk, VA

                    1000    Past Thimble Shoal Lighthouse; strong E wind, 4-5' seas; can't head north;;

                                 Decided to turn around and find a safe haven.

                    1130    Docked @ Bluewater Yacht Center, Hampton Roads, VA, 20 sm trvld.

06-18-03    0850    Dpt Hampton Roads; hazy w/glare, high thin clouds, wind L/V, seas calm.

                    0920    Turn north @ Thimble Shoal Lighthouse; meet "Warship 51;" set course northbound.

                    1022    Radar fix abeam Cape Charles, Brng 090 degrees, Rng 4 nm.

                    1120    GPS fix abeam Rappahannock Shoal Channel, R46, Wpt 075.

                    1220    GPS fix @ Tangier Sound (so. tip of island), Wpt 081.

                    1310    Little Annemessex River, G1 marker, Wpt 081.

                    1330     Arr Somer's Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD, 90 sm trvld.

06-19-03    1000    Dpt Crisfield; early showers, 1 nm visibility, calm, clrg mid-day, sunny & warm.

                    1040    Through Kedges Straits, G9 marker, Wpt 083.

                    1125    Round Holland Bar Horn (Wpt 085) into main Chesapeake Bay channel.

                    1235    Off Barren Island (R74 marker, Wpt 087); clearing weather.

                    1400    Turn at "The  Diamonds" (G5/R6 Wpt 089).

                    1500    Arr Mear's Yacht Haven after passing tow-job & mini-sailors' school, 77 sm trvld.; 

06-20-03    0800    Moved to fuel dock; 350 gal @ $1.539 = $538.

                    0915    Dpt Oxford, MD; cldy/hazy, wind NE 10, seas 1' early.

                    0945    Dpt Choptank River, R10 marker, Wpt 090.

                    1040    Up main Chesapeake Bay channel to "Old Gas Buoy," G83, Wpt 093.

                    1120    Chesapeake Bay Bridge (so. ch. ent), R90, Wpt 095; begin rain, wind NE 10-15.

                    1140    Chesapeake Bay Bridge (no. ch. ent), G95, Wpt 096; rain & wind increase.

                    1230    Enter Patapsco River, R28, Wpt 097, 3' beam sea,  slow going! Then more protected

                                 water, but heavy rain w/visibility 1/4 to 1/8 nm, max speed 5 kts, wipers beaten up.

                    1400    Arr Harborview Marina, Baltimore Inner Harbor; light rain, visibility improves, confusing

                                directions, mistakenly entered north end of harbor, redirected back out on transient wall.

                                Harbor covered with disgusting debris/trash/garbage, long walk to shore/office, struck

                                out on rental car, marina staff "attitude," wet & cold, A/Cs clogged -- we're outahere!!

                    1800    Arr @ safe haven up Main Creek @ mouth of Patapsco River, Pleasure Cove Marina,

                                 Pasadena, MD, nice calm, clean place; 74 sm trvld.

06-23-03    1000    Begin oil/filter change & battery check.

                    1145    Move to fuel dock for pump out.

                    1245    Dpt Pleasure Cove Marina; gorgeous day, wind L/V, mostly sunny, 70s.

                    1400    Abm Poole's Island, G7, Wpt 099.

                    1430    Shad Battery Shoal, G43/R44, Wpt 103.

                    1530    Sandy Point, G31/R30-R-32, Wpt 106.

                    1600    Arr Summit North Marina, Bear, DE (on C&D Canal), end-T on G dock, 52 sm trvld.

06-24-03    1015    Dpt Summit North Marina, sunny, calm, HOT - 95+ degree high!

                    1100    Dpt East end of C&D Canal, G1R/R2R, Wpt 108, head down Delaware Bay.

                    1220    Cross Ledge, R29, Wpt 112.

                    1245    Blake's Channel, G19, Wpt 113.

                    1310    Turn @ Brandywine Shoal, R12, Wpt 114.

                    1400    Arr Canyon Club Resort Marina, Cape May, NJ, Slip A5, 70 sm trvld.

                                 Fuel @ slip, 358 gal @ $1.36 (cash) = $487.

06-26-03    1045    Dpt Canyon Club, sunny, calm, HOT - still 95 degrees!

                    1125    Hereford Inlet, RW'H', Wpt 118.

                    1200    Townsend's Inlet, R4A, Wpt 119.

                    1250    Great Egg Harbor Inlet, RW'GE', Wpt 120.

                    1325    Absecon Inlet, G1, Wpt 121.

                    1345    Docked @ Farley State (Trump) Marina, Slip D1, Atlantic City, NJ, 45 sm trvld.

06-28-03    Moved Souvenir to Slip F38 to get double 50 amp shore power; windy &  HOT!

06-30-03    0645    Took kids & BJ to beach in dinghy for romp.

                    0835    Dpt Farley State Marina & Absecon Inlet, gorgeous, 1' seas, 2-3 nm offshore.

                    0920    Little Egg Harbor Inlet, RW'LE', Wpt 122.

                    1025    Barnegat Inslet, RW'BI', Wpt 123.

                    1100    Abm Tom's River; called Nancy Donnelly, "Waypoint" editor.

                    1135    Manasquan Inlet, R2M, Wpt 124.

                    1155    Shark River Inlet, RW'SI', Wpt 125.

                    1230    Shrewsbury Rocks, G1, Wpt 126.

                    1250    Sandy Hook, G1/R2, Wpt 127.

                    1300    Shortcut to enter Ambrose Channel, G1/R2.

                    1325    Verazano Bridge, Wpt 132.

                    1355    Ellis Island, G31, Wpt 134.

                    1410    Arr Liberty Landing, Jersey City, NJ, slip D43, 107 sm trvld.

07-03-03    Moved to slip G14 (so we wouldn't get "boxed in").

07-04-03    Circumnavigated Manhattan Island w/DJ & Nevins family, returned to Liberty Landing.

07-05-03    1230    Move to Liberty Landing fuel dock, 200 gal. @ $1.79 = $358.

                    1300    Dpt Liberty Landing fuel dock w/DJ & dogs, hazy, lt breeze, surface chop, hot (93).

                    1425    Do 180 degree turn offshore @ Greenwich, CT.

                    1545    Arr Brewer's Capri Marina, Port Washington, Long Island, NY.

                    1600    Dock in slip 20, 55 sm trvld.

07-06-03    1130    Dpt Port Washington, NY.

                    1300    Arr Liberty Landing Marina, 22 sm trvld.

                                 drop off DJ & dogs at fuel dock, 258 gal @ $1.79 = $462.

Stage 6 End-point data summary:

                    11.5 days traveled; engine hours: 47; avg/day = 4.09 hrs.

                    667 miles traveled; avg/day =  58 miles; avg spd = 14.19 mph.

                    1,166 gallons of fuel used; 24.8 gph; 1.75 gal/mile; cost = $1,845; avg = $1.58/gal.

Stage 7: New York City to Oswego, NY (on Lake Ontario)

07-06-03    1330    Dpt Liberty Landing, Jersey City, NJ, northbound on the Hudson River.

                    1400    George Washington Bridge.

                    1510    Tappan Zee Bridge.

                    1540    Arr Haverstraw Marina, Haverstraw, NY, ocked on end-T, 33 sm trvld.

07-07-03    1230    Dpt Haverstraw, NY, gorgeous day till end, then rain.

                    1330    Past West Point.

                    1430    Poughkipsie, NY.

                    1530    Kingston, NY.

                    1630    Docked @ Catskill Marina fuel dock, Catskill, NY, 75 sm trvld.

07-08-03    0830    Fuel up & pump-out, 231 gal @ $1.645 = $380.

                    1030    Dpt Catskill Marina, head north up Hudson River; hot, humid & calm.

                    1215    Past Albany, NY.

                    1300    Arr Federal Lock @ Troy, NY; 40 minute wait.

                    1400    Dpt Federal Lock.

                    1410    Turn left into Erie Canal entrance; approach Lock E2.

                    1520    Through Lock E4; held up so operator could move to E5.

                    1630    Through Lock E6.

                    1700    Arr Blaine's Bay Marina on Erie Canal; tie-up @ fuel dock; no 50 amp power!

                                 stretch to use two 30s on different phases; 52 nm trvld; summary across canal

                                 & locks after arr @ Federal Lock: 4 hrs, 6 locks, lift 183', 5 sm; avg 1.25 mph!

07-09-03    0950    Dpt Blaine's Bay; hot, humid, sunny, speed limit 10 mph!

                    1050    6 sm; out of Lock E7; lift 27'.

                    1225    11 sm; out of Lock E8; lift 14', Schenectedy, NY.

                    1310    5 sm; out of Lock E9; lift 15', Glenville, NY.

                    1400    6 sm; out of Lock E10; lift 15'.

                    1440    4 sm; out of Lock E11; lift 12'.

                    1515    5 sm; out of Lock E12; lift 11', Amsterdam, NY.

                    1625    10 sm; out of Lock E13; lift 8'.

                    1725    8 sm, out of Lock E14; lift 8', Palatine Bridge, NY.

                    1800    4 sm, out of Lock E15; lift 8', Ft. Plain, NY.

                    1830    5 sm; Arr St. Johnsville Municipal Marina; total 8.5 hrs, 9 locks, lift 118', 64 sm trvld.

                                 avg. 7.5 mph!

07-10-03    0815    Dpt St. Johnsville, NY, ligth rain in am, clearing, hot & humid; run with no generator.

                    0845    2 sm, out of Lock E16; lift 20'.

                    1000    8 sm, out of Lock E17; lift 40', Little Falls, NY.

                    1050    4 sm, out of Lock E18; lift 20'.

                    1225    12 sm, out of Lock E19; lift 21', Herkimer, NY.

                    1345    10 sm, out of Lock E20, lift 16', Utica, NY; tried to start gen; overheat!

                    1550    18 sm, out of Lock E21, drop 25'; New London, NY.

                    1615    1 sm, out of Lock E22, drop 25'.

                    1645    5 sm; Arr Skinner's Harbor, Sylvan Beach, NY; total 8.5 hrs, 7 locks, lift 117'/drop 50',

                                 60 sm trvld, avg 7.06 mph!

07-11-03    0630    Check gen impeller, strainer, tightened belts; mechanic check; no fix!

                    0915    Dpt Sylvan Beach, NY; cldy w/drizzle, E breeze, 1' chop on Lake Oneida.

                    1020    Stop @ Winter Harbor Marina, Brewerton, NY, @ W end of Lake Oneida for generator

                                 service; replaced impeller; fixed! Fuel up, 235 gal @ $1.279 = $300.

Stage 7 End-point data summary (only to last full tanks @ Brewerton, NY):

                    5 days traveled; engine hours: 32; avg/day = 6.4 hrs.

                    291 miles traveled; avg/day =  58.2 miles; avg spd = 9.1 mph.

                    466 gallons of fuel used; 14.6 gph; 1.60 gal/mile; cost = $680; avg = $1.46/gal.

07-11-03    1220    30 sm, through Lock E23, drop 7', turn north @ Three Rivers on Oswego Canal.

                                 2 sm, through Lock O1, drop 10', Phoenix, NY.

                                 10 sm, through Lock O2, drop 18', Fulton, NY.

                                 0.4 sm, through Lock O3, drop 27', Fulton, NY (there is no Lock O4).

                                 6 sm, through Lock O5, drop 18', Minetto, NY.

                                 4 sm, through Lock O6, drop 20'.

                                 0.6 sm, through Lock O7, drop 15', Oswego, NY.

                                 0.4 sm, through Lock O8, drop 11', Oswego, NY.

                    1730    0.6 sm, Arr. Oswego Marina; total 7 hrs (run time), 8 locks, drop 119', 54 sm trvld;

                                 avg 7.7 mph! Summary across Erie & Oswego Canals: total 28 hrs (run time),

                                 30 locks, lift 418'/drop 169', 183 sm; avg 6.54 mph over 3.5 days.

Stage 8: Oswego, NY to Buffalo, NY (via Lake Erie/Welland Canal):

07-14-03    0855    Dpt Oswego; gorgeous, calm.

                    0910    Dpt Oswego channel outer marker; turn west on Lake Ontario.

                    1135    Abeam Rochester, NY.

                    1320    Abeam Oak Orchard, NY.

                    1600    Port Weller Channel, Ontario, Canada.

                    1630    Arr St. Catherine's Marina, 143 sm trvld; checked-in w/CANPASS.

07-15-03    0645    Dpt St. Catherine's to enter Welland Canal.

                    0740    Through Lock 1.

                    1050    Through Lock 6.

                    1130    Through Lock 7.

                    1320    Through Lock 8.

                    1330    Arr Marlon Marina fuel dock, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada, 200 gal @ $1.80 = $360.

                    1530    Arr Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo, NY; 52 sm trvld; checked-in @ Immigration video-phone.

Stage 9: Lake Erie through Lake Huron (Buffalo, NY to Mackinaw City, MI)

07-17-03    1000    Dpt Buffalo, NY; nice, wind SW @ 10 kts, seas 1-2'; turn west on Lake Erie.

                    1145    Abeam Dunkirk, NY; 8 sm off-shore.

                    1240    Abeam Barcelona, NY; 8 sm off-shore.

                    1420    Erie channel entrance.

                    1500    Erie Yacht Club (3 mi into bay), Erie, PA, fuel dock; 350 gal @ $1.56 = 546.

                    1600    Tie-up across "lift well" for overnight; 82 sm trvld.

07-18-03    0930    Dpt Erie Yacht Club; winds E - 10-15 kts, seas 2-3' w/swells, ptly cldy.

                    1030    Out of bay and around point, on course to Ashtabula, OH.

                    1145    Abeam Ashtabula, OH; 5 sm off-shore.

                    1330    Arr Grand River channel entrance.

                    1400    Arr Grand River Marina fuel dock to register.

                    1430    Docked across river on transient dock @ Grand River Marine, Fairport, OH;

                                 74 sm trvld.

07-20-03    0900    Dpt  Grand River Marina; w/Bob Becht on board; winds W 10-15 kts, 3+' early;

                                 diminishing to 1' late pm, cldy.                       

                   1300    Arr Cedar Point outer marker, G1, at Moseley Channel entrance.

                    1330    Docked in slip 11-38, Cedar Point Marina; 80 sm trvld.

07-22-03    0830    Move to fuel dock; 200 gal @ $1.87 = $374.      

                    0930    Dpt Cedar Point Marina; winds N - 10+ kts, seas 2'+, cldy w/shwrs.

                    1000    Dpt G1, Moseley Channel outer marker

                    1100    North Bass Island, G3.

                    1200    Enter Detroit Ship Channel, G1.

                    1345    Passing downtown Detroit.

                    1500    Past Clinton River channel entrance on Lake St. Clair.

                    1530    Arr. MacRay Harbor fuel dock.

                    1630    Re-position "Souvenir" (with Jason Johnson onboard to west channel, 

                                 inside Bldg 5, well #13; 103 sm trvld.

08-12-03    0900     MacRay fuel dock; 327 gallons @ $1.659 = $510.

                    1000    Completed checklist, short day to Port Huron? Had to jump-start generator.

                    1100    Dpt MacRay Harbor, Mt. Clemens, MI, across Lake St. Clair & up St. Clair River.

                    1430    Port Huron @ foot of Lake Huron, N 15-20, 2-3' seas.

                    1630    Arr Port Sanilac, 3'+w/white caps, cross-wind docking, 3rd try bow in, 75 sm trvld.

8-13-03      1000    Dpt Port Sanilac after washing bugs off boat, gorgeous, no breeze, can't start gen.

                    1200    Stop @ Harbor Beach (VERY shallow past ConEd plant); NAPA for generator battery.

                    1400    Dpt Harbor Beach.

                    1730    Arr Harrisville fuel dock for fill-up; 342 gal @ $1.75 = $597.

                    1830    Dock @ slip 35, 95 sm trvld.

8-14-03       0900    Dpt Harrisville, MI; gorgeous, mostly sunny,  light winds from north, 1' to calm seas.

                    1100    Round G'WR'1 marker, 7 mi no, Thunder Bay Island.

                    1200    Presque Isle

                    1235    Rogers City

                    1335    Hammond Bay

                    1415    Poe Reef Light Horn

                    1500    Docked in slip 71, Cheboygan County Marina; 120 sm trvld.

8-15-03      0830    Cheboygan fuel dock; 210 gal @ $1.61 = $338.

                    0900    Dpt Cheboygan, MI; hazy w/breeze, <1' chop in Straits of Mackinac.

                    1030    Docked in slip B-82, Mackinaw City Marina; 17 sm trvld.

Stage 10: Lake Michigan through the Illinois Waterway (Mackinaw City, MI, to Alton, IL))

8-16-03      1045    Dpt Mackinaw City; forecast seas were 4-6', now only 1-3'; sunny, N wind 5-10 kts.

                    1100    Clear Mackinac Bridge; first stbd shoreline.

                    1200    Abm White Shoal Light.

                    1240    Garden Island Shoal, G1 mrkr.

                    1255    Lansing Shoal Light (45-53.43N, 85-34.24W - northernmost point of Loop).

                    1337    Radar fix: Abm Gull Island (no. tip); brg 270, rng 4 nm).

                    1440    CDT! (crossed time zone); St. Martin Island Shoal, R2 mrkr; Rock Island Passage.

                    1530    Arr Detroit Harbor,  Washington Island, Door County, Wisconsin.

                    1545    Docked @ Island Outpost Dock; 124 sm trvld.

8-17-03      0830    Dpt Washington Island

                    0930-1000    Yachtworks Inc., Sister Bay,  fuel dock; 315 gal @ $1.69 = $531.

                    1045    Radar fix: Abm Egg Harbor Point; brg 270, rng 0.75 nm.

                    1120    Sherwood Point Shoal, G7 mrkr; Sturgeon Bay canal.

                    1235    Green Bay Harbor entrance channel, G1 mrkr.

                    1330    Arr mouth of Fox River, Green Bay (the town).

                    1430    Docked @ South Bay Marina; 80 sm trvld.

8-23-03      1130    Dpt South Bay Marina, Green Bay, WI.

                    1300    Dpt Green Bay channel entrance, G1 mrkr.

                    1430    Arr Sturgeon Bay canal entrance, R2.

                    1506    Arr Michigan St bascule bridge - CLOSED (@ 1505)!

                    1601    Thru bridge after tie-up on Stonebridge wall.

                    1615    Docked @ Sturgeon Bay Yacht Harbor; 42 sm trvld.

8-25-03      0800    Moved to fuel dock; 218 gal @ $1.95 = $425.

                    0850    Dpt Sturgeon Bay Yacht Harbor.

                    0925    Dpt Sturgeon Bay canal east end, R2 mrkr.

                    1125    Abm Rawley Point Light, rng 2 nm, wpt 186.

                    1300    Abm Sheboygan Point, rng 2 nm, wpt 187.

                    1425    Abm Port Washington, rng 2 nm, wpt 188.

                    1530    Arr Milwaukee Harbor entrance, wpt 189.

                    1545    Dock in slip 54, Milwaukee Yacht Club; 124 sm trvld

8-28-03      0715    Moved to McKinley County Harbor fuel dock; 270 gal @ $1.769 = $478.

                    0815    Dpt Milwaukee harbor (dinged stbd prop on rock).

                    1100    Revise plan (seas 3-5') to stop @ safe haven.

                    1115    Docked at WG end-Tee, Reefpoint Marina, Racine, WI.

                    1300    Moved to "Celebration Dock;" 29 sm trvld.

8-30-03      0815    Dpt Racine, WI; 2-4' beam sea required "tacking" down SE shoreline.

                    1030    Abm Waukegan.

                    1230    Arr Chicago area.

                    1245    Docked @ slip E-48, Burnham Park Harbor.

9-02-03      0725    Dpt Burnham Park Harbor.

                    0825    Enter Calumet Harbor; entrance to CalSag Canal.

                    0935-1005    O'Brien Lock, mm 326, drop 1'.

                    1200    Lemont Bridge (inoperable RR swing bridge) - clearance: 21'! mm 300.6.

                    1300-1520    Lockport Lock, mm 292, drop 36', locked thru with Ralph Plagge tow.

                    1540-1630    Brandon Lock, mm 286, drop 34'.

                    1700    Arr Three Rivers Marina, approach too shallow to enter.

                    1745    Arr Harborside Marina, Wilmington, IL.

                    1800    Docked @ fuel dock; 68 sm trvld.

9-03-03      0810    Dpt Harborside Marina.

                    0830-0910 Dresden Lock, mm 272, drop 22'.

                    0950-1150 Spring Brook Marina, Seneca, IL; mm 252; 330 gal @ $2.50 = $855.

                    1200-1230 Marseilles Lock, mm 245, drop 19'.

                    1315-1400 Starved Rock Lock, mm 231, drop 19'.

                    1630    Arr Hamm's Holiday Harbor, Rome, IL.

                    1700    Docked on Pier 5 end-Tee; 95 sm trvld.

9-04-03      0850    Dpt Hamm's Harbor.

                    0930    Passed Peoria, IL.

                    0950-1030 Peoria Lock, mm 158, drop 8'.

                    1400    Beardstown, no fuel, no overnight.

                    1500-1630 Lagrange Lock, mm 80, drop 6'.

                    1930    Arr Mel's Illinois River Dock, Hardin, IL; 158 sm trvld.

9-05-03      0900    Fuel truck arrives; 360 gal @ $1.38 = $498.

                    1025    Dpt Hardin, IL.

                    1200    Junction marker @ mouth of IL River, mm 0, & Mississippi, mm 218.

                                 Closed Great Loop!!

                    1300    Arr Alton Marina, Alton, IL; mm 203, dock I end-Tee; 35 sm trvld.

                                 End of Stage 10!

 

Cumulative Stages 1 thru 10 data summary:

                    Total elapsed time from departing home port in Afton, MN, on 10-07-02 to Alton, IL, on the Mississippi River (the second time) on 9-05-03 = 10 months, 30 days (Actual elapsed time on the Great Loop itself from passing Alton, IL, at 12 noon on 10-14-02, to arriving at Alton (the second time) at 1 pm on 9-05-03 = 10 months,  23 days, 1 hour). Note: The following data includes the 7 day trip from MN to beginning the actual Great Loop Route at Alton, IL (all 10 Stages). 

                    80 days traveled; engine hours: 482; avg/day = 6.0 hrs.

                    6,341 statute miles traveled; avg/day =  79.3 miles; avg spd = 13.2 mph.

                    10,431 gallons of fuel used; total fuel cost = $16,393;

                    avgs = 21.6 gal/hr; 1.65 gal/sm; $1.57/gal; $34.01/hr; $2.59/statute mile.

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