We were planning on leaving Detroit mid Sep for the Erie...then hurricane Irene closed it for the season. Chicago was our decision. We left Chicago October 1sr. We would like to have left 2 weeks earlier but it worked out fine. The biggest issue was getting off the big lake in late September.
How much will it cost to stay in TC another winter? 10 grand puts you in Mobile in 2 weeks! Or spend next summer in the North Channel and then down the Erie in September.