I did the loop, but in an unusual fashion...
In 1974 I was living in Chicago and had gotten my first skipper's gig on a 42' Hatteras Tri-cabin., and if there's ever a thread about boats that are "slugs" I'd put this at the head of the column. Nevertheless, we left Burnham Harbor and proceeded across the Lake to Holland, MI and up the coast to Macinaw, then down Lake Huron and the length of Erie. Out through the Canal and down the Hudson. I made the run inside on the ICW single handed and arrived at Bahia Mar in Ft. Lauderdale. (BTW running the Erie Canal from west to east is a cinch since all but three of the locks are DOWN locks.)
Then in 1975 a young couple hired me to help them bring their Out Island (Out House) 51 down to Ft. Lauderdale the river route. We left, again, from Burnham Harbor and crossed the previous year's starting point. The Illinois River was a pretty ride, but the Mississippi was a bore! Everything hidden behind levees. Nothing to see. We ended up, once again, at Bahia Mar thus completing the circle.
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