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I & M Canal Rally/Caravan
From Lockport to LaSalle, Illinois

Aug. 20-24, 2018

*** Limited to 10 Roadtreks. Registration 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. It has been in disuse for many years. It is very difficult to get to and from these sites: this trip is NOT for the meek, mild, or tender  of  foot!  We  will  be  climbing  over,  under, and around a variety of ‘things’. Our time line will be intense! If you are ready for the challenging game, sign up right now.  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. 

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.   
E-mail: gcrompton1@att.net        
Leave  message  with  name  and  call  back  number, please. See you down the road!