After a long day from Columbus to Demopolis we just didn't feel like getting up early the next morning and making another long run in the rain. One of the boats we are currently cruising with, Sandman, had alternator issues and he came in on a "wing and a prayer" the other day and our chartplotter decided to lose its mind after powering up yesterday morning. So, yesterday was spent fixing things, laundry, cleaning, planning and eating BBQ with friends the crew of Sandman at local restaurant.
Our chart plotter issues was resolved, Sandman got his alternator problem fixed, the rain came and went and a wad of Loopers left ahead of us and is feeding us information on river conditions and anchoring sights. Viridian is cleaner, fuel and water tanks full, holding tank empty and warmer days ahead as we make our way to Mobile and end the Tenn-Tom leg of our journey. The next few days will be relatively primitive from the standpoint of cell phone accessibility. No marinas (except for Bobby's Fish Camp) for the next 200 river miles till Mobile. We will hunt creek and river inlets using Active Captain and information from previous boaters to find safe anchorages off the main river channel. Looking forward to the challenges the next few days bring. We have one lock to descend today and our final lock tomorrow at Coffeeville, AL. After we get through Coffeeville dam we will be under the influence of coastal tides and will have to take that into consideration when anchoring. The end of one type of cruising and the beginning of another. It's also time to put up the coats and long pants and break out the shorts, sandals and sunglasses again!
This paddle wheel is a day ahead of us and is on its way to Tampa Bay, FL. It was sold at Pickwick Lake and is being ferried by a crew down the Tenn-Tom, across the FL panhandle and down the Gulf Coast of Florida to Tampa Bay. It is a real paddle boat. Hydraulic motors turn the "split" paddle wheel so that steering without the rudder can happen.