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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 03 Feb 2014 11:38 #1

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I will be leaving Gulfport, Ms around mid-March to early April and heading to Mobile bay and then up the Tenn-Tom Waterway to Ky. Lake. It would be nice if I can get to meet some group members along the way. On my way here from Tx, I met a few members of other forums and we had a good time together.
Hope to meet some of you soon. Send me PM and I will give you my cell number.
Looking forward to seeing some of you.

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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 03 Feb 2014 14:20 #2

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How long will you be there? We will be coming down from the North sometime in July.

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Do you plan on cruising on the upper Mississippi River or are you just staying on Kentucky lake? If so we are heading to Grafton & maybe on down to Hoppie's this summer. I hope the ice is gone in March so I can get out of the slip, the river is frozen all the way across & some of the guys that have been around it most of their lives are starting to talk about flooding from ice dams when it starts breaking up.

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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 03 Feb 2014 19:59 #4

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Foster wrote: How long will you be there? We will be coming down from the North sometime in July.


We will be staying on the northern part of Ky Lake till around Oct. While up there we will be thinking about where next and how much will it cost. LOL

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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 03 Feb 2014 20:04 #5

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Prolly wont cruise the upper Mississippi. Where are you located that the river is frozen. It has been way way colder this winter than I could remember in my 24 years of living on the Gulf of Mex.
I think when we get to Ky Lake, I will be working real hard on the admiral about going to the Bahamas. I think she is done with winter.

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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 14 Feb 2014 21:46 #6

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On this past Wednesday while enroute from Nashville Tn to Murray KY, I happened to cross Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake on Route 80, I thought of your post so I took these pictures. These are definitely large bodies of water.

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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 14 Feb 2014 21:51 #7

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Next pictures are Kentucky Lake

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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 16 Feb 2014 04:44 #8

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Thanks for the photos.
Please tell me that the photo with the snow on the bridge was not taken in June.

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Ha! You can expect temps in the mid 70's to mid to high 80's, cools off nicely at night!

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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 15 Apr 2014 12:51 #10

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If the weather holds up, we will be on our way tomorrow morning at 6am.
First stop: Mobile Al. and tie up at a dock.
This crazy weather has us at a standstill.
The flooding up north of here is going to really increase my fuel bill and am concerned about marinas that sell gas might be under water.
This afternoon's weather report will help in my final decision.
I brought my van to Mobile, Al a few days ago and left it in a mini-storage. When I get to my final destination, I will take a Grey Hound bus back to Mobile and get my van and bring it up to.the boat.

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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 17 Apr 2014 20:37 #11

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OK, we didn't leave as planned.
Bobby's Fish Camp is where I planned to make my first stop. I called them up to make sure they had gasoline. Yes they did and still do and will probably still have it for a while. Their docks are under water and so you can figure the rest out. If I can't get fuel, I cant leave here. Then I called the Coffeeville Lock and dam and they said they were 34 feet above flood stage and so we decided to wait.
This afternoon, I met a man at the marina, purely by accident, here in Gautier, Ms. He is from Demopolis and keeps his boat here at this marina. He said that this morning he drove over a bridge and the T-T looked like it was about 4 or 5 miles wide. There were eddys that looked like whirlpools almost as if you flushed the toilet. He said he had never seen it that bad before. He said it would take at least 2 weeks or more for it to clear up most of the logs and debris. It would be disastrous to leave now.
So here is my new dilemma. we are very itchy to leave even if only to Mobile, Al. That would get us a day closer to our destination and we would feel like we are at least now underway. this is also very close to where I stored my van when I thought we would be gone by now. So if we waited in Mobile for a month, we would at least have my van close by. We brought the van there last weekend to be near a Greyhound Bus Depot so I could get back to it from Joe Wheeler St. Park in Al.
Soooooooooooooo................Does anyone here live near Mobile River or is there anyway to find out how much, if any, debris is coming down the river into Mobile Bay. I would assume it is, But maybe not.

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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 21 Apr 2014 20:44 #12

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don't forget, Ky lake is full of those damn jumping carp. It used to be a real nice lake for cruising until those things showed up.

have a nice safe trip,
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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 22 Apr 2014 16:32 #13

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Navigation Hazards

Yesterday was a pretty day so we decided to take a drive and look for ourselves.

First Stop: Mobile

We went to the Mobile Convention Center so we could be on the river and look. It didn't look as bad as I thought but still bad. Whether you looked up-river or down-river or straight across, you always saw at least 2 or 3 logs and big ones at that.

2nd Stop: Coffeeville Lock and Dam.

On the way we say the sign for "Old Lock No.1" and decided to detour and check it out. We went down this road for several miles and then came 2 large road blockers. Someone had moved them slightly over so my van could fit through. We went down about another 3/4 mile or so and the water was flowing both over and under the road eating up everything in its path. walked a little and turned back. Never did see the old lock. When we got to Coffeeville, we went over a bridge over the Tenn-Tom and there was nobody behind us so we stopped in the middle of the bridge. From the van we could see many logs flowing down the river and this time, from a higher perspective (height, not weed), we could see many submerged logs flowing along. Scary. So we continued on to the Coffeeville Lock and Dam. Went down the road to the Lock and Dam and the road was closed to the public.

Couldn't see the Lock and dam from there.

3rd Stop: Bobby's Fish Camp - the only fuel stop I know of between Mobile and Demopolis.

It was very evident where the water height had been just a few days earlier. We trekked across the mud to the floating dock and there was a trawler there. They had come down from the Demopolis area. They said it wasn't too bad. As we were talking, I could see logs floating merrily down the river. These guys didn't seem to concerned. I would have been.

4th and last stop on the way back was to go down a road by the bridge crossing the river that we had been on earlier. At the bottom area, we parked and walked across a grassy area. We met a man that worked for the health Dept - Environmental Services. he explained the river was about 5 feet above flood stage and another 20 feet above normal level.

He said it should be almost normal in a week or so. But I should wait about 2 weeks for most of the debris to clear up.

Sorry, didn'r take any pics.

Oh, well, that's what we found and will wait probably the weeks before we leave.

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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 22 Apr 2014 18:45 #14

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I have people ask anytime the waters up about debris floating down. I've never saw debris as a problem that would keep me in the slip if I want to go out. It's not hard to avoid if you pay attention, I don't have a autopilot so I have to pay attention. The debris to me is just part of boating on a river in the spring, the not being able to get fuel is the type of problem that would keep me where ever I happened to be. Good luck

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Cruising the Tenn-Tom 23 Apr 2014 12:24 #15

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Hey TonyB,

Where are you planning on mooring on northern ky? I am on Northern Barkely. I am workingon my new-to-me boat currently, so it will prob be 3-4 weeks from now before shes wet, but hopefully I will be out and about on ky and barkley soon. Youll love these lakes.

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vicjunkie wrote: .........Where are you planning on mooring on northern ky? .....


We made a slight change of plans, This year we will be going to Joe Wheeler State park in Northern Al. next year we will be going to Kentucky Dam State park. I think that's the name of it. It's the very northern most part of the lake.
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We left Gautier, Ms. about 2 weeks ago and are now in Aliceville, Al.. This leg of the trip is so far around 375 miles. We have travelled around 900 miles so far from our start in late December from Seabrook, Tx , in Galveston bay. We have about 225 miles or so left to go for this year. We will settle in at Joe Wheeler State park in Rogersville, Al. on the Tennessee River.

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We arrived at Joe Wheeler State Park in Al. a few days ago. We ran into recent friends here. We have been bumping into each other every couple of days since Mobile, Al.
It is beautiful here and we will stay till march. Tomorrow morning, I will catch a Greyhound Bus to Mobile, Al. and get my van. Drive back up here on Wed. Twelve hours by bus and only 5 hours by car. The difference is that by car alone, I would miss the cultural experience. I have not ridden a Greyhound in almost 40 years - I understand that nothing much has changed.

Anyway, we will be pondering our 2015 trip. The main choices so far are Northern Ky. Lake (That was the original plan for this year) or further east on the Tennessee River to the Little Tennessee River. That will put us at the foot hills of the Great Smokey Mountains. And I thought that when you retire you didn't have to make major decisions anymore. Wrong again

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