Another River & State… Goodbye Tennessee Hello Mississippi!

We got off to an early start, leaving the Marina at about 6:30 we went  back to Dave and Kathy’s house so we could take a picture of it from the water and to our surprise Dave was up and taking a picture of us. Here’s Dave’s picture, IMG_0243Picture taken by Dave Looney

IMG_4000and here’s mine…..  When Kathy sent the picture- she said it was rare for him to be up that early.  Great picture thanks for sharing.

We continued on down the Tennessee River and saw a number of  towns and campgrounds.  I think we met 3   tows today, but saw a number of  boats with people fishing.    Here’s what the weekend homes look like along the river, all the Rv’s seemed  to be covered by metal clad roofs which we suspect must be needed to provide shade.  Houses were built on stilts in the event of flooding.IMG_4004

IMG_4006We made it to Pickwick Lock and Dam   just after noon, and were able to lock right through.  With the current, wind  and 55 foot rise it was tough securing the boat to the lock wall and both of us had our hands full.    We then crossed Pickwick lake, to the  start of the Tenn-TomIMG_4012this waterway  was completed in 1985 and  connects the Tennessee river with the Tombigbee River in Demopolis Alabama.  We now have approximately 450 miles, and 341 feet of elevation to go down ( this means lots more locks- Yipee!!) until we reach Mobile Bay.  I’ve include a map and factsheet.

.Tenn-Tom map 2

Tenn-Tom Quick Facts

  • Length: 234 miles
  • Depth: Minimum 9-feet
  • Number of Locks: 10
  • Inside Lock Dimensions: 600′ long by 110′ wide
  • Tow Size: 8 barges in a single lockage
  • Total Lift: 341 feet
  • Bridge Clearances: 300′ horizontal, 52′ vertical
  • Termination Points: Mile 215, Tennessee River; Mile 217, Black Warrior River

We’re spending the night at Grand Harbour Marina, and once again are planning an early start as we’d like to tackle a few of the locks tomorrow, and get into a marina as the weather man is calling for a “FREEZE WATCH”  over the mid- south which means that the sub-freezing temperatures will kill crops and vegetation!  It’s got to be true I heard it on the radio!IMG_4013 IMG_4014

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