Traveling 9-23-16

We left Joe Wheeler in Rogersville, Al. after we filled up with fuel.  It was another hot day 90+ but a short one only traveling 35 miles.  I can’t complain about the heat because all they are getting back home is rain.  They said the Mississippi River near Dubuque, Ia. could go over flood stage due to all the rain.

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This is TVA’s Browns Ferry Nuclear power plant operation started in 1974.  Brown Ferry was the world’s largest nuclear generating plant.  The 660 foot stack is part of the plants cooling system.

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The navigational channel splits and you can pass on each side of Finely Island which is mostly submerged.  The channel rejoins about two miles upstream.

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This railroad bridge had to be lifted for us as it only has a 9.8 foot clearance.  We had to wait for two trains before the bridge was lifted.   Liz was so nice to take a picture of our boat as we passed under the bridge.  The bridge is on the same site as the Memphis & Charleston Railroad bridge burned by the Union Army on April 27, 1862 to stop a Confederate advance.

We stopped at Riverwalk Marina Decatur, Al.  The Marina primarily serves its slip holders and the restaurant.  They did have two transient slips with electric and water what more did we need.  The Tennessee book told us if we couldn’t find anybody to pay the .75 per ft (very cheap) we could mail it in at our convenience.  Now how laid back is this.

We tied up and had dock tails with Liz and Johnny.  Carlton (Sea More) a gold loop welcomed us and gave us some advice. It’s always nice to talk to somebody that has done the trip.  They all say how wonderful it is and how much we will really enjoy it. He told us Steve the owners top priority was the Hard Rock Cafe instead of the Marina.  We could pay for the slip at the restaurant.

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We all decided to go up to the Hard Rock Cafe for a drink.  The weather had cooled down and view was beautiful.  The Nina and Pinta were tied up on the channel side and will be at Riverwalk Marina until Monday.  The food was wonderful and it was .50 wing all day and night.  We were glad we took advantage of the restaurant and the great view.   Decatur, Alabama is across the river from the Marina.  The town started in 1820 when the land was taken from the Cherokee Indians and sold at auction.  The town was important during the Civil War because of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad bridge built across the Tennessee River in 1856.  It was almost completely destroyed in 1864 due to Union Troops.  The history we are seeing and reading about on this trip is so educational.

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We left Riverside Marina early this morning hoping to beat some of the heat.  The ride was scenic and so beautiful.  The leaves are starting to change along the river.

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The water is deep bank to bank there are no buoys, towns, or industry for the next twenty miles.  There were a few sweeping curves.

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I took advantage of the ride and the time I had until the next stop for the day.  I decided to wax the back of the boat.  I had the beautiful scenery to look at while I was waxing and taking advantage of the shade.  Had to quite for a while it got sunny but Kent went around a curve and I was able to finish it.

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We only traveled 30 miles today and are staying at Ditto Landing in Huntsville, Al.  The entrance to this Marina is very narrow.  A small boat was coming out so we waited for them to leave.  We were greeted by Patrick and John who helped us in.  We really appreciate when some one is on the dock to through a line to.

Liz was nice to let me do laundry on her boat.  Johnny and Kent were having dock tails on top, and Liz and I were exchanging pictures we took of each other’s boat. We were so happy that we learned how to air drop.  That’s pretty good for us old ladies.

It’s nice when somebody else takes pictures of your boat for you.  The sad part for Kent and I is not being able to celebrate the little girls (Ella & Lucy) birthday this weekend in Rockford.  We will face time them tonight when Amy and family arrives.  They have good WIFI at this Marina.

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