|The Lower Place underway at dawn on the Mississippi
We anchored off the Mississippi River on Wednesday evening with Kia Mae, Tranquillity III, Time Out, Southern Cross, Ivanhoe, Bad Habit and Salty. We were safe and secure but it was HOT, HUMID and no breeze. The Lower Place was up early on Thursday and pulled anchor at 6:45 traveling with Bad Habit and Time Out for most of the LONG day. The rest of the crew will catch up at a later date…that’s the joy of boating – everyone at their own pace & independent!
|We let the kids sleep in & slipped right beside them
We traveled 110 miles on Wednesday and 76 miles on Thursday including “lock 53”-which should be an embarrassment to the Corps of Engineers. We are anchored on the Ohio River, technically in Kentucky but across the river from the Joppa IL Power Plant. We happily dropped the hook at 5:24pm and Time Out is with us - Bad Habit was really feeling froggy and continued cruising another 20ish miles to Paducah KY. We were done for the day!
|Bad Habit making his move...Scott loves to lead!
Friday’s plan includes another 60 miles to Grand Rivers, Kentucky!! We are putting in some long days but seriously the MS & OH river areas are very industrial with heavy barge traffic. Even though the tow captains are cordial - I think they just want us off the river and out of their way, I agree!!! Since it’s been a long, hot day – I will let the pictures do the talking…
|Cruised right past Cape Girardeau MO on Wednesday
|No, not a wall - a 30 barge tow underway!
|Common sights on the river - is there another way to move a front end loader?
|We were escorted through Olmstead Lock - Time Out is loving the turbulence!
We continue to be blessed with good cruising friends, always a buddy boat around and smart, safe decisions. As we venture closer toward home we continue to look for more cruising adventures albeit for a shorter time frame.