Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pebble Isle & Clifton

Days go by rather quickly, and with times of poor internet service it's easy to fall behind keeping track of 4 mcgees travels. On July 27th we had a short distance of 30.1 miles from Paris Landing to Pebble Isle Marina at marker 96. It was just 3.8 hours of peaceful time on the water. Upon arrival we found a storm had knocked out their internet service and phone booster. Felt out of touch with the outside world. It rained hard all night and part of the day of the 28th. Out good friend Barry Watts who lives there on his boat, drove us to Waverly for lunch at a buffet at Rawlins Grill. Also took us to Walmart to get a few supplies. After the sun began to shine Brother and I got up enough ambition to change oil and filers on the diesel engines. Moved to fuel dock and took on 308 gals of diesel. Moved back to dock with warm engines and serviced them at 1341 hours of operation.
 Coast Guard stationed at Paris Landing to handle placement of bouys on the river.
 Young Osprey have sure grown since we navigated down the river a few weeks ago.
 Many of the tows we have seen were pushing empty barges.
On the way to the marina.
July 29 was a longer day. Cloudy with a few sprinkles of rain as we made 62.5 miles in 7.7 hours to marker 158.5. Clifton Marina is located in a hole entirely surround with high terrain except for the narrow entrance. So after leaving the Tennessee River through the short passage into the marina it generally is very calm.
 Dredging operation removing sand from the river. Tows full of sand are common on the waterways.
 Sand is going into barges on both sides of the dredge

Bobbie likes to get upon the helm to observe the river.

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