blackdogsailor

Headwaters Then Heading South

In On the river on 06/09/2013 at 10:16

I have not posted for awhile I have been oh so not busy and have no excuses. I mentioned last post that I did make it to the Tennessee River headwaters and here they are.

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This is the center between the Holston River to port and the French Broad River on starboard.

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The French Broad River

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The Holston River

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Headwaters from about a quarter mile. I am at mile 652. I have traveled every one of them by water.

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This is Knoxville as I head back down river.

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I spent the night here downtown

And the next day I am off and heading to Goose Pond

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Just a blue moon

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A pretty picture from Jones Creek

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All day everyday

Well I am back at goose pond. I am rich with $46 in my pocket.

I had two scares during the trip. I stopped on 8/23 just above Watts Bar dam. my anchor got rapped around a limb that had been weighted and dropped for fish attraction. The line was seriously wound up. I had to go in the water and spend 15 minutes diving and untangling to get free. This was the first time on the whole trip all 4000 miles of it I have been hung up like that. The second scare was rain on the river.  I was just out of Ft. Loudon in a narrow channel when it started raining to beat the band. It was raining so hard I could not see more than 10 feet in front of the boat. This went on for 20 minutes. I couldn’t stop I couldn’t see what was coming. I didn’t know if I was in the channel or not. What did I do?

I went on the radio with a securite , securite announcing my speed and river mile and slowed to about 4mph- just enough to handle the current and steerage. I steered by plot charter kinda like instrument only flying. my only big fear was hitting a log. I had seen quite a few big ones usually about 4 or 5 a day. I puckered up and and made it. That’s why we have life jackets ( which I wear all the time) and insurance. I also could have hit the horn for 5 short bursts every 30 seconds which is a warning signal. Honestly I forgot that one.

As usual I get back and spend too long not contacting friends. I will do better. I guess. If I have to.

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Gotta love it.

Dr Brad Standing by on 16.

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  1. We are glad you accomplished your goal. Where is your radar?? We will depart 10/7/2013 for upriver cruise to Chattanooga. Hope to meet you on the river. Keep in touch.
    Barry & Denise
    aboard 0 Regrets
    36 Ablin

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  2. Sorry I missed you before you got under way. I was hoping to catch you last night. Have a good trip South, I’ll be following your journey. If you stop by Ditto Landing, give me a call.

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