#53 Peru, Illinois to Peoria, Illinois

Written by The Crew

Rev writes all the posts as "The Crew" at What Yacht To Do. It's just part of the First Mate duties. That list just keeps growing...

September 30, 2019

Spring Valley Boat Club was very kind to us.

Even though the stay was short, we packed in a lot of fun.

And a birthday, too!

Morning after Sam’s birthday.

Looks about right.

Leaving Peru, Illinois

There were four boats packed in at the fuel dock.

We went in first so we waited patiently to exit.

Once we left the Spring Valley Boat Club, we were back out there on a gloomy, chilly day with all the barges.

I actually had to put a jacket on.

In September.

So awesome.

I don’t know why this towboat/barge is parked on the land.

There has to be a better way to put up a “No Wake” sign.

But it certainly got our attention.

Channel Markers

We don’t see a lot of channel markers anymore on this part of the loop but there were a couple that we just couldn’t miss.

Pelicans seemed to enjoy being close to this marker.

National Marine

We got to the National Marine and settled into our slip.

George, the mechanic, took a look at our bow thruster issue and informed us that the Here’s To Us!! would have to be hauled out to be fixed.


Just what we didn’t want to hear.

We did, however, get to end the day with a docktails cookout with some fellow loopers.

So, it wasn’t all bad.

Aquasition, Nepaide, and Idyll Time III (thanks for the photo, Teri!)

And we did wake up to a beautiful day.

National Marine
National Marine slips
Docktails/Cookout location

Getting Our Bow Thruster Fixed

Sam is on the job trying to find someone further down the river to fix our bow thruster.

When we found out that the AGLCA Fall Rendezvous was sold out, we planned a trip back to Dallas.

We now are trying to find a place to fix our boat along with a convenient place to fly home.

So much planning!

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  1. I’m really enjoying your videos. I think I’ve watched every video. Please let me know when will you arrive in the Alabama Gulf coast area and where? A great place to overnight is in Orange Beach, Al at “The Warf”. It’s on the ICW and has fuel, restaurants…everything you need, WalMart, DG, Walgreens, CVS. WE WOULD LOVE TO TAKE YOU TO DINNER AND SHOPPING, etc. Please let us know when you will arrive and we can plan. Thanks and keep up the great work!

    Grant and Bonnie

    • Hi Grant and Bonnie! What an incredibly generous offer! We will probably be in that area by mid to late November or early December. Sam is going to work on that schedule in the next few days. We will let you know when we firm up those plans. Thanks so much.


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