We traveled yesterday from Joliet to Ottawa IL. We had a long wait at the Marseilles Lock, so we tied up to a barge with three other loopers and had “Locktails.” We had planned to travel south today, but were told there was a 4 hour wait at the Starved Rock Lock. It was raining this morning and I wanted to be able to photograph the Starved Rock limes stone cliffs as we went by, so we are waiting till tomorrow. We saw White Pelicans on the trip yesterday, and found out that a group of them is called a pod.
This was the view from our boat on the wall in Joliet.
The bollards are in the wall of the locks. The post is attached to a large cylinder that floats up and down with the water level.
You tie to the post to keep the boat next to the wall as the lock fills or drains.
We are staying tonight in Ottawa IL, and plan to travel south tomorrow.