MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 65 NM
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At our only lock today, the Starved Rock Lock and Dam (MM 231), we locked down after only a short wait and then made an effort to cover the distance to Peoria.
We saw our first American White Pelicans while waiting to enter the lock and spotted more throughout the day. These plump birds can be 50 to 67” long, including their massive 12 to 14” beaks. Their wingspans can reach 95 to 120” and they weigh in between 11 to 20 lbs. They may winter as far north as St. Louis, Missouri. I had never seen or heard of these avian creatures before.
Around MM 224 we were delighted to spy a soaring American Bald Eagle. What a spectacular sight, it just takes your breath away. Later in the day we actually saw another one. On June 20, 1782 these guys were chosen as the emblem of the United States of America for their long life, great strength and majestic looks. This has been a great day for spotting birds along the river.
It was cool to see this Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe RXR Bridge connecting the sides of the Illinois River before we slid underneath its massive span. All you “oldies” remember the song?
We proceeded on into Peoria proper and docked on the town wall, with the assistance of two other boaters. Our nights abode was just below “Eat at Joe’s Crab Shack”, so that is just what we did.