I'm taking a yacht to Michigan from South Florida and leaving at the end of this week. Owner wanted to do the Erie Canal route, but has decided to do the river system (Tenn-Tomm route) due to the uncertainty of the Erie Canal opening. That leads to other issues as the Illinois canal/waterway closes for maintenance July 1st-Nov 1st for maintenance (which is pretty late to leave the Great Lakes) and it's uncertain if the Erie canal will even open completely this year. SO, what are everyone else's plans? Anyone doing the trip now or in the near future?