Yes, yesterday was a bit slow (espec from B’s perspective…the day slipped away from me: a little cleaning, a little dog walking and some car pooling to/fro the golf course!) but today included a bit more:
Watching N successfully complete the battery project this morning was a relief. (I know, I know, you are probably tired of hearing about the damn batteries…but seriously, this is a good example of how one thing can haunt you until it’s resolved…which it is now, btw) But thought you would like this just as a wrap up:
With the batteries in and double-checked, we thought we’d get the rental car returned and be off the dock by 11. But a frantic search for a lost wallet (found at the rental car parking lot!) and a long wait for UPS to deliver our “sister-boat’s” overnighted /repaired computer, and more dog walks, and ice runs, etc, etc, we were finally ready to go at 1:30.
Now we are headed UP the Black Warrior River (had to back track back up the Tenn-Tom Waterway about half a mile to its mouth. Yay, another map opportunity!
Our goal is to go up to Tuscaloosa which is just on the other side of HOLT Lock/Dam. We will leave the boat at a marina there for a day trip in a rental car to Birmingham.
Why Birmingham, you ask? You’ll see in a couple of days! In the meantime, here’s our first day on the Black Warrior River:
More locks to go through…some action shots of B getting the fenders and lines ready! AND a super smelly fish stuck in our bollard! NOT what we had for dinner! But it did remind me of Phoebe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pnXM5jHcGQ the rest of the day
Even with our late start, we made it to our planned anchorage up a little side cut and away from the barge traffic.
Here Andy was nice enough to let us use his nearby dock to go ashore for dog relief and leg stretches. “I like river folks!”, he exclaimed. (At least he didn’t say N had a “purdy mouth”….. cue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yspZTBNnE5I He also offered us his bathroom and shower! wow… super nice. We didn’t take him up on his offer.