randysable is moving forward. Hopefully.
Convinced a buddy, broke out the inflatable, and succeeded in paddling around for a little over an hour. Worked out great although definitely makes me want to get in better shape. And now on to the Des Plaines, Skokie Lagoon, Fox, and perhaps The River itself if I decide to pick up a spray skirt.
Also considering an attempt at the Bellewood canal if all goes well enough.