Marc's Ark Marc & Michele McCoy
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Our Great Loop Adventure 

Special Thank You to Everyone

  •  9/9/2012 12:00:00 AM
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The Ark did turn right against the current and traveled the 350 statue miles from Grafton to Galena, IL.  Upon our arrival our “Red Neck Yacht Club” boater buddies celebrated our arrival home with champagne, balloons, welcoming home signs, dinner and huge hugs.  We actually rafted off with them one extra night before heading to the harbor where we were greeted again by more boater friends.  There is no place like home.  Being away for over a year has made us realize how much we love all of our f...
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Marc's Ark finds gold - burgee!

  •  9/3/2012 12:00:00 AM
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After starting our adventure with tears, appropriately Marc, Michele (McCoy) & the Marc’sArk crossed our wake also with tears on Labor Day September, 3rd, 2012 at mile marker 0 (zero) where the Illinois River ever so gracefully flows into the Mighty Mississippi River.  We must now decide if we will turn right to travel north the 350 miles to our home port of Galena, IL and return from Never-Never Land.   “Sometimes good times have to end for better times to happen.”    We have been in the Ea...
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Tall Timbers Marina, Havana, IL

  •  9/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
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We departed Peoria early (Blue Moon today) making our way diagonally on the industrial (but full of wildlife) Illinois River through the Peoria Lock and Dam across the state to where the river eventually joins the Upper Mississippi River.  Leaving the harbor the Asian Carp were jumping and one landed in our dinghy.  I had caught my first fish of the trip.  We have seen the Asian Carp jumping everyday on the Illinois River.  Today we traveled to mile marker 120 (120 miles to the Mississippi) to T...
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Peoria, IL

  •  8/30/2012 12:00:00 AM
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The Lock Master told us to come on down to the Starved Rock Lock, but when we arrived we had to hold for a Corps of Engineer Boat – just because the Lock Master works for Corps – smart man.  We did follow the work boat into the Lock.  We then traveled to Eastport Marina (the water is a little skinny here), East Peoria, IL to meet one of our wedding groomsmen Andy Bussan and his wife Beth.  Andy is a best high school, college and thereafter friend and the best decision he ever made was Beth – o...
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Starved Rock Marina, Ottawa, IL

  •  8/29/2012 12:00:00 AM
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We had to wait for barge traffic at both the Dresden Island Lock and the Marseilles Lock, but being back on the Illinois River was worth it.  The weather was great and the river was calm.  The Illinois River is very low – so we had to approach our slip with caution. We dined at the restaurant and enjoyed the beautiful Starved Rock area with an almost full moon.  We are keeping a careful eye on Isaac....
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Harborside & Wilmington

  •  8/28/2012 12:00:00 AM
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It was great to see the Harborside crew.  They offered us the use of their Van (& it had less than 100,000 miles).  That was a first for a Marina to offer without us asking and we needed to re-provision after our Chicago weekend.  In the afternoon, Blue Heron arrived.  We dined at the Big Fish Restaurant with Craig & Barbara and were joined by Barb’s brother Scott & her nephew Brian....
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