Thursday morning started out with a visit from Ron McKinney, a retired coworker of Kent’s and friend. He brought us doughnuts, which I didn’t need to eat, but were so good. Ron was so nice to give Kent a ride to get ice, before we left the dock. Were finding out already that an offer for transportation for items we need, is appreciated.
We left the City Dock about 8:30 & had to wait for our first lock #14 for 1.5 hrs. We got through lock #15 and both bridges at Davenport without much of a wait.
It was a hot short day, only navigating 34 miles and stopping for the night at Fairport landing. Tim the owner was there to grab our lines. The marina doesn’t offer a lot of amenities, but they had electric hook up. Yes AC, we’re in heaven what more do you need. We tied up, hooked up, and cooled off. I proceeded to write my first blog posting and still have all my hair. Then we checked out the restaurant/bar for a drink. The restaurant had no AC but lots of big fans & was filled with a collection of beer signs, tapers, and a wall of beer cans. Kent (who collects Grain Belt) found Grain Belt beer cans, but no Grain Belt tapers.
The evening ended with a thunderstorm which consisted of strong winds, lighting, and rain. We went to sleep with it still raining, my favorite sound.