We left the wall at Joliet after many days of discussions about the river levels and headed down the Illinois river. There were seven boats leaving at the same time. We headed out into the river and formed into what looked like a navy convoy.
On Tuesday the 18th we left our anchorage looking forward to entering the highest lock we will go through. The Wilson lock lifts us 90 something feet and is mighty impressive when entering. We tie to floating bollards that are in the sides of the lock and then hold the boat against the wall as the water level is raised in the lock chamber. The bollards float up slots in the wall so it is not extremely difficult to hold position. Leaving this lock put us out onto Wheeler Lake.