From Harold Murphy:
I started on the Rock River in the end of July 2010. The start was delayed by a few days due to heavy rain in Chicago, about 10 inches in a few days. So, the river was high. In fact, in flood conditions. I was on the river alone.
Being in flood conditions, the river was running fast (but not dangerously fast) at 2-4 mph, and at times, perhaps 5 mph. I was alone on the river; I didn’t see another boater in 5 days.
I started below the Beloit Dam, and had 8 more dams after that. The dams at Rockton, Oregon, and Dixon were very dangerous. Water was flowing over the tops of all, and very fast. In normal conditions I would still consider these dams too dangerous to get close to.
For safe portage around the Rockford dam I called Action Taxi. They picked me up with my gear and my inflatable Innova Safari. For a night or two in Beloit, I would highly recommend the Roadway Inn and the Road Dawg Restaurant (and bar).
Thanks Harold! We’ll post a chronological photo-essay of his journey when Harold returns from Turkey to confirm that I’ve got the photos in the correct order. In the meantime, here are a few photos.