New Johnsonville to Clifton TN, Mile 3847 to 3910, Day 198

October 4

Observer led us out of the marina at 7:30. We expected a shorter day than Monday, and the weather forecast was lovely – sunny, light winds, with a high of 84F.

Dawn breaks at Pebble Isle.

The river was dotted with fishermen, and we only met a few tows. Gradually, the river began to narrow, and the scenery changed – more hills and rock cliffs. So nice to have a quiet uneventful trip.

Observer heads upriver.

We rounded the Clifton Bend, and passed the last tow of the day just at the Clifton Marina entrance. We waited for Observer to get settled, and edged through the narrow opening into the marina to find…. a Looper convention! Besides Observer, Le Reve, Chemistry and Manatee were here and One Eye Dog and Imagine This expected later. Sonia had stacked us in! Although the marina is small, there was 6 to 6 ½ feet of water throughout.

It didn’t take long to arrange docktails at 5pm with Sonia’s cheeseburgers and a quiet night to follow.

Mileage Today: 54.5 nautical

Trip Duration: 6.5 hours (moving time)

Loop Miles: 3909.7 miles

Estimated Loop Completion: 72.4%

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

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