On the River at 7:00 AM to start the trip South to Columbus Marina, MS. It felt like we were standing in a freezer on the fly bridge this morning so Meg went downstairs to do some "stuff" till it warmed a bit. There were 7 looper boats in our flotilla today, all headed for Columbus with the exception of "Corsica Lady", who always anchors out whenever possible. Three of the four locks were standing open waiting for us to load up. The last lock had a tug doing down river in it so we had to drop anchor and wait about 45 minutes for the Lock Master to cycle back up to get us. So, we were able to cover 60 miles today and get tied up before we ran out of daylight.
By looking at the photos one might think that all there was to the Tenn-Tom were locks and barges. That's for sure one of the things that demands our undivided attention, but between these events there are hours of incredible scenery that I can't do justice to describing it and our cameras only capture a small slice of the real-time experience. So, here again are samples of some small slices of or voyage to Columbus today.
We are here
Today's route from Midway Marina to Columbus Marina, MS
Pre-sunup cruising through light fog toward the lock at Midway
Here comes the sun!
Doors not closing correctly on this lock
This is what most of the Tenn-Tom looks like so far.
Look softly and carry an aluminum stick
Anchoring above the lock waiting for tug to clear below
Good time to blow soot out of the diesel getting past these tugs