Paddled from I74 to I280(sunset marina) as part of Floatzilla yesterday. Perfect morning from my perspective. They stop barge traffic and have a great safety team so these paddles can be enjoyed by all skill levels.
The morning started out with glass smooth water with occasional sprinkles. Went to Illinois side of the river and enjoyed the view of Arsenal Island. 1 old structure on a side channel that appeared to be a loading dock for barges. Several historic residences also. Got to the lock was the first in ended up waiting 45 min for others to get in lock. Dropped around 20 ft. When we got out of lock there was 1 to 2 foot waves. The Bell Northwind RX just cruised right on through with my 16 yo daughter and I. As we rounded the bend towards Sunset Marina the waves settled down a little. We finished our paddle after enjoying the scenic urban views of the Quad Cities by paddling into Lake Potter.
We finished on shore with a live bands and several food vendors. The festive atmosphere was just beginning to build. We choose to enjoy a gyro and paddle to the other end of the marina and wait for my wife to pick us up. Very enjoyable morning.
This event can be whatever you want it to be. You can be fairly solitary or be with a crowd the Mighty Mississippi is a big place. What a great once a year event to introduce people to the river and the more experienced to enjoy however they wish.
I am not affiliated with flotzilla in any way, just my personal experience.