Florence AL to Iuka MS, Mile 4080 to 4131, Day 216

October 22

Today was a day that we travelled by ourselves and had no locks or bridges to wait for, so we took advantage by letting the boat ‘stretch’ her ‘sea legs’. We’d already travelled this part of the Tennessee with Golden and Observer, so we had our GPS ‘breadcrumbs’ from the previous trip. Most of our trip was between 11 and 12 mph, and we spent almost an hour traveling at about 17.5 mph. Since we were moving so quickly, we were at Aqua Harbor by noon. Not too long afterwards, it began to rain – right after we got the boat under cover – good timing! A number of periods of very intense rain!

Fall colors haven’t quite arrived on the Tennessee River yet… just hints of color.

More hints of fall color along the shore line.

Jim ran to Walmart for a few final provisions, and then did the laundry while I blogged and prepped some food for the next week or so. We’ll be clearing the freezer of food, and using other supplies – we need to discover all of the items that have been ‘buried’ or ‘lost’ in cupboards for the last 6 months!

Tomorrow, we start our 450-mile trip down the Tenn-Tom Waterway to Mobile AL – a dozen more locks!

Mileage Today: 44.4 nautical

Trip Duration: 6.3 hours (moving time)

Loop Miles: 4131.0 miles

Estimated Loop Completion: 76.5%

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

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