After waiting at Demopolis a couple of days to let the river levels drop, we continued north on May 8th to an anchorage at Cooks Bend. This section of the Tenn-Tom waterway has less current and debris than our cruise to Demopolis.
The white cliffs at Epes, Alabama
On May 10th we made it through 4 locks without any delays and anchored just past the Fulton Lock. The next morning we continued on to the Rankin Lock. I called the lock on the radio about 3 miles out and was informed that a southbound tow was approaching the lock so we reduced speed and arrived at the lock with only a 30 minute delay before entering the chamber. After exiting the Rankin and Montgomery Locks, we approached the Jamie Whitten Lock, the last lock on the Tenn-Tom waterway and the largest at 84 feet.
My best mate is getting a little nervous.
That small white speck on the top right of the photo is a full size pickup truck.
Hooked to the floating bollard, I always keep a razor knife handy in case it sticks. Fortunately we haven't had that happen in any of the hundreds of locks we have passed through.
After exiting the lock we entered Bay Springs and decided to make a short day of it and anchor in a cove on the lake, the temperatures have been around 90 degrees since leaving Demopolis.
On May 13th we left early to get through the Pickwick Lock, about 9 miles from the marina. This is the last lock we will go through before reaching our home port at Grand Rivers, Kentucky. I contacted the lock by radio and was informed a tow was in the lock and another southbound tow was approaching the lock. We were instructed to go to the auxiliary lock and tie up close to the lock doors. It would be about an hour and a half before he could lock us through, it ended up being a 3 hour delay from the time I called to the time we exited the lock.
The lock chamber is currently empty, a 55 foot drop on the other side of the lock doors. My best mate is taking advantage of the delay by swabbing the deck.
The lock wall was covered with muscles.
This contractor didn’t plan very well.
The river is now opening to form Kentucky Lake; this ferry is crossing the channel ahead of us.
This will be our last blog until we start our next adventure this Fall.