blackdogsailor

Mile Marker 270 from Nowhere but Three Locks and I’m Out

In long haul, winter in the south on 25/11/2013 at 06:58

11/24/2013

Man… I haven’t posted for about ten days. The weather has been somewhat brutal. The barge traffic has been somewhat brutal at Fulton  Lock. The last two days have been freezing and rain is coming for two days. I , as you may guess, am at mile marker 270 on the Tenn-Tom waterway. I have had to stop at marinas for 4 days. Two days at midway and Two at Columbus both where planned for fuel and supplies. The 2nd day at midway was due to heavy barge traffic through Fulton.

I have had 10 – 15 mph winds since 11/20. After I left Columbus Marina thru Stennis lock the river is all new to me. I have  done 9 locks on this waterway and three to go until Mobile and open water. As mentioned every one has been with a 10-15 mph tail wind and it’s looks like Gainesville Lock will be no different tomorrow.

I had made a trip line as I mentioned before but gave it up after last night. The line got wrapped around the anchor over night as the boat drifted. Nothing like untangling an anchor line in twenty degree temps and 15 mph winds. Throw in wet gloves and it gives you a reason to live. As I have said before I love so!

I have been busy with the whole deal and have not taken a bunch of pictures but here are a few.

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This is an eagle who kept me company at Midway Marina for two days

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These guys have followed me most of the Tennessee River. You can’t ditch the ghost of Columbus. The Niña or Pinta ?

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A brief three hours in the morning before the wind picks up

snag boat

Snag boat Montgomery just above Bevill Lock. I did not take this picture because I blew by on the way into the lock. You can find anything on the internet.

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This is what lock water looks like with a stiff tail wind. You had to be there.

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Looking’ serious

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First sight of Spanish moss

And for you people that are just into the blog for the sex

arbysboobs

This was a real ad. You can find anything on the internet.

Well that’s it for now.

Dr Brad standing by on 16

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  1. OK Doc, you are doing well for the older set. The ship is the Nina I believe. I suggest you throw a line to her stern and let her drag you down the river, saving fuel. Spanish moss is a good sign. Remember, you are my hero!
    Denise & Barry aboard 0 Regrets.

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