|Sunrise on Day 2|
|The captain settling in for a long day.|
|Serendipity leading the way down the river. We let Byron and Mary lead because their AIS and radio were working better than ours.|
After just a few miles we went under the I 65 bridge. That was a very impressive bridge.
|I 65 bridge ahead|
|A large double span bridge. We had plenty of clearance.|
|Looking up the mast between the spans|
|We were in front at this point, I don't remember why.|
I was looking forward to mile mark 45.0. It was at that point we would take a left turn on to the Tombigbee river, leaving the Alabama/Mobile river. I was hoping that the two rivers together were causing more current and we would see less on the Tombigbee. At this point we were averaging about 4.5 knots because of some help from the sails. That is still very slow.
At Mile 39 we hit the exit of the Tensas River and the river got much wider. We also saw more current, but the wind picked up and we got the Genoa up and we sailed the next 6 miles to the Tombigbee intersection. The river was rougher than any other point, but we gybed our way up the river in a strong tail wind that at times was over 20 knots.
|Rough water on the last few miles of the Mobile river.|
Three rivers was beautiful. We came in a tight channel that opened up into a small lake with no current. We dropped anchor and settled in for the night. At almost 50 miles, it was our longest day on the river. We saw a couple of fishing boats go by, but it was very quiet except the owls again and beautiful. I was trying to study the hydrology on the NOAA web sites about the river. What I saw was concerning. It looked like the river was going to rise over the next few days to a low level flood. I was still trying to determine how that affected current, but the high water was actually good because we had deeper water than what was shown on the charts. At Three Rivers it showed 10 feet and we had about 15.
We decided to try to anchor the next night at a place called Old Lock 1 at mile 100. I was not sure we could get in there, but we had an alternative if we couldn't. I was still concerned about my engine. It was putting our more steam than I thought it should, but was still not overheating and sounded fine.
We got up a bit later and cruised up the narrow channel to the river.
|Kim took a couple of shots from the bow as we cruised out the channel to the main river.|
|It was short, but it felt so good to be cruising without current pushing against us.|
|Taller hills and a wide river.|
|White limestone bluffs along the river.|
|A beautiful calm night at Old Lock 1|
|SHIFT resting comfortably at anchor|
|Our new friend Bob, who was the campground host at Old Lock 1 park|
|Meeting some locals, but keeping our social distance. The virus was getting crazy at this point.|
|Beautiful flowers and many cool birds to see.|
We now had a decision to make. Should we go on or stay a while longer. In my next entry, I will tell you what happened next.