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Last Train..er..Boat to Clarksville

In Uncategorized on 27/08/2012 at 13:18

Finally got the heck out of dodge heading up the Cumberland River like I wanted to do last October. The joys of boating know no time. So August 24th 2012 I left Pebble Isle (Mile 96RDB) for a short trip to Leatherwood embayment (Mile 74 RDB) with good weather, I happy George the monkey and my friend Sam who followed in his house boat for the first leg.

August 25th was and early start and just as I was leaving to enter the river I see:

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The American Queen out of Memphis

This is a true paddle wheeler about 500 feet long. She has just lowered her stacks to go under the Paris Landing bridge. Check out this power plant with paddles about 25 feet in diameter. Her wake beat me like a red headed stepchild.

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I pushed it that day with a following sea and 10 to 15 mph winds. The river stretches so far you can see the horizon.

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The day changed as the wind turned out of the west south west  and stired the waves such that they were coming from all sides. Ended up at Pisgah Bay ( Mile 30 RDB)  and the fun began. I was tired. The bay looked promising. There were 10 or 12 other boats anchored and the water was calm and deep.

I forgot this was Saturday afternoon .  Here come the wake boarders hell bent to have there way in this small cove courtesy be damned. I got waked bad. I got waked so bad I fell and smashed a 6 gallon water jug to hell and trashed my back and my already arthritic wrist.

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I wasn’t the only boater to get hammered. Should have called the Coast Guard and reported them. However I did get on my hailer and violate a few regulations my self language wise

Didn’t sleep well because of wrist but my goal to make Lake Barkley Resort State Park.  I made the Canal between the Tennessee and the Cumberland I was now on Mile 32 on the Cumberland and here we go. As the day wore on the temperature went up and the wrist swelled up. When I hit the resort I knew it was a two day stay.

Well after some hot doses of pain meds and some ice and rest  I have made it into Monday the 27th.  I am in a covered slip with electric for 75 cents a foot. the shower sucks and there is no cell coverage but they have wifi at the office.

I took a trip up to the Lodge which is the largest all wood lodge east of the Mississippi. Here are some pics:

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And now we start something I am going to do on every entry that a new cloud is available. I put up the picture and you tell me the cloud formation. I am now a cloud collector. On the next blog entry I will tell you what the answer is. Good luck.

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Here is the bonus picture after a pain pill

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Remember my motto “ don’t waste poverty”

doc standing by on 16

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  1. Leave me know if you ever make it to Lake Chickamauga (near Chattanooga, TN) and I’ll come see you!!

    Teresa Eldridge

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  2. It’s a toucan cloud, silly!

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