A pack of 11 boats left the marina at 7am for the Tom Bevill lock, about 35 miles away. The locks along the Tenn-Tom are largely identical in size and configuration. Each one has 10 floating bollards, or bits, for boats to lock through. Since we had at least one boat that always rafted to another, our group of 11 recreational vessels, or RVs (as the lockmasters refer to them), took up the entire lock. We all passed through Tom Bevill without incident, and without delay.
Today we were headed to the anchorage near the Sumter Recreation Area downriver. Although the landscape changed constantly, the general passage seemed monotonous – miles of river and riverbank. We looked for alligators, turtles and birds with varying success.
The group sub-divided to take advantage of the available anchorage space, and most boats rafted together in order to limit any swinging at anchor from wind vs. current. With this type of anchoring, the boats move very little….and it’s easier to sleep soundly with more ground tackle. We spent a quiet night.
More white cliffs along the river.
The river bank becomes marshier in this area.
This house (behind the trees) includes a spot for Superman….
Looking towards the river from the innermost portion of the anchorage.
Mileage Today: 56.5 nautical
Trip Duration: 6.7 hours (moving time)
Loop Miles: 4314.6 miles
Estimated Loop Completion: 79.9%
Segments Completed: Okeechobee Waterway, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, North Atlantic Ocean, Hudson River, Erie Canal, Oswego Canal, Lake Ontario, Trent Severn Waterway, Georgian Bay, North Channel, Lake Michigan, Illinois River, Mississippi River, Ohio River, Tennessee River