So this morning started off with a 2.4 mile swim down the Tennessee River!!! No, I watched from the Starboard side of the boat. Each swimmer had a spotter and according to one of the spotters this was a qualifying swim for an upcoming Ironman event. The weather was cloudy & sprinkling rain. My favorite kind of weather for running!
|The boats you see are "spotters" - it's hard to see the swimmers - but they're there!|
Once we mapped out the walking directions, the clothes were sorted, loaded in a water resistant duffel bag along with detergent and a roll of quarters. All that was loaded in the beach wagon and we were off to the 24 hour Coin Laundry facility 1.6 miles away. Did I mention it was sprinkling rain.
|Here's the security gate from the dock side - it's secured with a 4 digit security code issued to us upon arrival.|
|This is the other side of the gate. Charlie is pulling the "laundry wagon" up the ramp.|
|I promised pics of the path from the boat to the river bank.|
Here's the first flight of steps.
He carried the duffel & I toted the wagon UP STAIRS!
The green overhang is the bottom of the Veterans Bridge-heavy traffic today.
|Whew! Finally made it to the ramp section - back & forth, back & forth|
|The glass bottom pedestrian bridge - dogs aren't big fans of this crossing.|
|FINALLY! Made it to the foot bridge - this bridge is .50 miles long.|
Note the wet surface - but it was just sprinkling rain...
Shortly after the chance meeting with Sarah we arrived at the laundromat! It was not crowded so we got right to work. A couple hours later, we stopped at Krystal's to use the facilities and I had my first-ever Krystal burger! It wasn't bad, so now I can say I explored a "new taste"!
There were some really neat looking restaurants on our route but we weren't sure how welcomed we would be dragging in our loaded wagon of clean laundry - although the folks a Krystal didn't seem to mind at all, hmmm...
Upon returning to the boat, the dock is filling up!! We now have 4 more neighbors & Jill (the dock manager) tells us 5 more boats will be coming in this afternoon. After meeting everyone and making the decisions of who's boat need to be moved in which direction - everyone is settled and there's plenty of room for the others to pull in. Of course we will help with the lines if necessary - that's what boat neighbors do!
We took the dingy out this afternoon to explore a little bit - fun, fun, fun. There is suppose to be an open air concert tonight just down river from us. We plan (& you know how that goes) to ride down in the dinghy and tie up to a public dock to enjoy the music. Should be a blast!! Here's a few pics from "dingy level" on the river.
|The dingy (aka The Side Yard) ready for a short adventure!|
|Dingy fun, fun, fun - even in the rain!|