Well folks here she is! Our new Sarayu, actually her name will remain Proud Lady, but she will always be our Sarayu.
We searched long and hard from Tennessee to Illinois. Until we found the right trawler that would be perfect for our budget and style. Bill and I love the teak exterior and interior. It makes it feel classic and cozy. Our next project is restoring her and getting her ready for the LOOP. There's not a whole lot of work but the teak needs attention.
Then, she will be coming down from Illinois to Kentucky where she will find her permanent home on the beautiful waters of Kentucky Lake. Bill has hired a Captain to bring him and Proud Lady down the rivers who will train and drive and all in one trip. I however am not able to make the trip this time due to work responsibility. Keep them in your prayers for safety and an enjoyable trip.
If you ever get up to Ottawa Illinois its a beautiful little river town and the people are friendly. We attended a lecture given by Captain Moe at Heritage Harbor, about navigating the Illinois River. He gave an awesome lecture in a beautiful location. Ottawa could be the perfect place for retirement for some, but a good overnight place for us Looers. We toured Starved Rock state park. Visited with folks at Starved Rock Marina, ate at the Captains Cove restaurant, who serves very good food in a fun atmosphere. We watched the boats and barges locking through at Starved Rock Lock and Dam. If you like to read a good ghost story book for fall read, "Ghosts of the Illinois River." That kinda fits into the season. Happy fall ya all! JOY