So... Just because I made it through the Missouri River... and theoretically St Louis is at the confluence... does not mean it is a reasonable task to get from the Mo to the waterfront of St Louis. After 14 damns, I was about to meet my first set of Locks... and first Canal. This is mostly a picture post. It took me a full day to get from my make shift pier of sunken barges around St Louis to the waterfront.
The Confluence of The MO and the Miss. You can even tell that the Miss is so much more a commercial river even at this point. So many barges and boats on the Mississippi only trees and eagles on the Missouri.
The first thing you will see upon entering the Miss is that the whole of the river flows to the right... but this sign tells you that all boats must go left down this canal. On the right is what's called "Chain of Rocks." Basically the left overs of a dam. Of the people I talked to, it was about 50/50 if I could get down the chain of rocks with the Mermaid... I was kind of excited to go through a lock too... This is the last Lock on the Mississippi. So, I went down the canal into the lock.
Like... freaking 9 miles of canal...
Yep... Miles of still straight water.
Eventually you get to this lock at the end of it. I was a little nervous to be honest. It really feels like a place you shouldn't be with a little rowboat. Eventually the lock dude came out... said "Don't bother tying up..." Like it was a totally normal thing for me to be there.
And down we go.
Back into the Mississippi just north of St Louis. First time I see the Arch!
This bridge just north of downtown St Louis is absolutely the most beautiful bridge on the whole system. Iron and Concrete configured in a piece of architecture you could look at for hours and see new things the whole time.