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Mar 1, 2018

I & M CANAL RALLY/CARAVAN


I & M CANAL RALLY/CARAVAN

 From Lockport to LaSalle, Illinois

By Gayle Crompton

Aug 20-24, 2018   

 

**Limited to 10 RoadTreks **

***Deadline is July 30, 2018**

This canal was about 100 miles long and completed the circle of navigation from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. It was instrumental in the development of Mid-America. The Canal was finished in 1848 and linked Lake Michigan to the Illinois River.  Each day we Trek to many different sites. There will be no generators allowed in the small towns, parks and parking lots during the day. Pets will have a very difficult time. Best not bring them.

   Illinois weather in August can be hot and humid or cold and chilly. The leaves could be green or start to have wonderful colors. The Canal went from Chicago to Ottawa, IL, across the prairie. If you have never experienced the prairie breezes, this is an opportunity not to be missed. We will watch the weather and be prepared for whatever comes to us. We will dress in comfortable hiking shoes or boots, long pants, long sleeve shirts, hats, and bug spray. We ‘go’ in all kinds of weather, rain or shine.

   At each stop we will have knowledgeable guides to help us understand the people, history, and geology of the canal. The two lunches at different restaurants in the ‘Boonies’ will be prepared by the area’s best chefs who have abandoned Chicago for the more appreciative suburbanites. In LaSalle we will ride the ‘Packet Boat’ as the folks did in 1848.

   Bring your chairs and a beverage; we will sit and chat and prepare for the following day. Or perhaps we will just collapse and sleep well in our own RoadTreks.

 

Cost:*

 *5 nights at campgrounds  (30 amp electric, water, showers, laundry),  , 3 buffet breakfasts, 2 restaurant lunches, Packet Boat experience, entrance fees and/or donations, tips for guides, and snacks.

 

 

                $265 for Roadtrek with 1 person

                $355 for Roadtrek and 2 people

                $90 each additional person

                 

 Make checks payable and mail to:

Gayle Crompton  2524 Meer Park Ct.  Crest Hill, IL 60403-9350.  

 

Questions?

E-mail: gcrompton1@att.net       

 Phone:(815)729-2737

Leave message with name and call back number, please. See you down the road!


 

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