1X1 ***4X5*******6X7 3-3

BARGES    They come in all configurations and combos being pushed by these tug boats that are equipped with some mighty powerful engines with props about 8 ft. in diameter.  The largest configuration observed has been 6 x7.  42 barges!!!!     Each barge is 35 ft. wide and 100 ft. long.   That is 90 ft. wide and 700 ft. long.   WOW —–

Tug boat captains have been friendly and helpful with information and which “side” they wish for us to pass.

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A 5X3 CONFIGURATION

MILES TRAVELED         –      As of October 31, 2016  we have cruised 3,500 miles!!!!

DAYS ON TRIP              –        187

DAYS CRUISING         –          67

DIESEL  FUEL              –         730.6 GALLONS

KENTUCKY LAKE        –         Created in 1944 by the TVA consists of 160,309 acres and is the largest man made lake in the USA!      Kentucky Lake was made by damming of the Tennessee River.

TENNESSEE RIVER    –        SO —- were you aware that the Tennessee River flows North, that its headwaters begin near Franklin, NC , where a stream/ creek connects in Knoxville with a couple of other rivers ( and I think there are a few other “feeder” creeks contributing to this body of water), AND that this river flows into the Ohio River, then joins in with the Mississippi River???    Just imagine heading out in your kayak or canoe from NC and ending up in New Orleans for Gumbo and Bourbon Street Action!!!!    🙂

YELLOW CREEK TO MOBILE –  Today, 11/2/16, we are docked on Yellow Creek which is just off the Tennessee River and is the beginning of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.   Since leaving the Mississippi, we have been cruising against the current.   Tomorrow when we depart from here we will be going with the current all the way to Mobile, AL.

MILES TO MOBILE     –      PLEASE NOTE   FROM NOW ON, I WILL REFER TO THE TENNESSEE-TOMBIGBEE WATERWAY AS THE TENN-TOM  (its common name)!   This also saves my typing fingers.          From the beginning of the Tenn-Tom waterway to Mobile, AL our next phase of travel will consist of 451 miles thru a small part of Mississippi,  and the entire state of Alabama!!!!      WINTZELL’S OYSTER HOUSE   –   HERE WE COME.

55 FEET         –     THE RISE OF THE LARGEST LOCK SO FAR!!    Floating bollards are what one secures the boat to when going thru these Federal Locks.

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A FLOATING BOLLARD
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PICKWICK LOCK AND DAM  –  WE WERE HERE!!!!!!!!!                                                                                            OLD FOLKS “TAG” TOO         

 

23,746         –       CASUALTIES OF THE BATTLE OF SHILOH , APRIL, 1862.     Visited the Shiloh Battlefields and Park today.   Hank requested the ending to the movie to show the winner to be the South, but alas, that was not the case.   The Civil War raged on for 4 more years.  The Union arrived on ships via the Tennessee River.

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VIEW OF TENNESSEE RIVER ABOVE PITTSBURG LANDING WHERE UNION SOLDIERS ARRIVED VIA BOATS
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NATIONAL CEMETERY AT SHILOH

 

300-500 YEARS    —     ALSO, at a the SHILOH BATTLEFIELD, a Mississippi Indian “town” was discovered with last known inhabitants in the 1700’s.   We hiked a small trail thru this area noting mounds of earth where the Indian Chief and other prominent people of this community would build their homes and have the community “cultural” center.  It is believed that this village just disappeared like many of the early Inca, Aztec, Mayan communities did.  It reminded us of other Indian ruins we have seen in Central America.

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ONE OF SEVERAL  MISSISSIPPI INDIAN EARTH MOUNDS UPON WHICH “HOMES” WERE BUILT.  

AFTER THE BATTLE OF SHILOH, SOME OF THE SOLDIERS WERE BURIED IN ONE OF THESE MOUNDS.   THEIR REMAINS HAVE SINCE BEEN EXUMED AND INTERRED IN THE CEMETERY.

6 HICKORY NUTS     –      Only one had any meat, my first taste!

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HANK CHECKING OUT THE HICKORY TREES 

5-1       –      CUBS SCORE BOTTOM OF 5TH!!!!   FINAL GAME #7 OF WORLD SERIES…..GO CUBBIES!!!

 

 

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