Day 20-21, Fri-Sat

Day 20, Fri Aug 30

Spent all day at our anchorage across fromj  Cape G..,   then went back other side about 6:30PM, we went back across to meet Nathan and Milt and Nathan went to pick up some gas and ice,   then back to our anchorage for the night.

Day 21, Sat Aug 31

Picked up Nathan and kids at fuel dock this morning about 8:00 AM. They then rode about 10 miles down to Thebes while Stan went with Kristin, (Nathan’s wife) to Menards and Walmart for some items, and then down to the Thebes boat ramp to pick up the boys. Stan reboarded and the kids ended their part happlily.

The boys had a great time, got some towboat captains to blow the horn at them and Milt responded, surprizing the boys with our little air horn. Nathan sang “Ple Man River” from the front of boat.

We then continued on down to Mile 1.5 and anchored just below the south point of Angela towhead on Ill. side. little cove just off the main channel and will spend the night. Made the 50 mile jaunt in about 6 hours. This is a known good anchorage and we did not want to start up the Ohio as we do not know what kiind of ancorages we will find there.

Tomorrow we have another mile and one=half of the Mississippi River, then up the Ohio, hope to make about 35 miles to Metropolis which has a nice docke. May have to stop in Cairo for gas.

Internet connection is present , but very slow so probably no pictues today, will add to daily page when we get good  internet.

About 11:00 AM , we passed a young women who was rowing a raft of pontoon floats who was rowing to the gulf of Mexico, talked to her a short time and took pictures, her website is “alongtheMississippi.org”.     continued downriver to just before the its junction with the Ohio river and anchor in a recommended spot for the night.   we could see the ohio mouth and Kentucky down below it.

We fixed supper of peanut butter sandwichs,  to hot to cook,   then fixed some mosquito netting over our bunks so we could leave the window open.   This worked very well.

Saw some interesting sites during the day.   photos below??

New downriver travelers for the next few miles,  Milts three grandsons met us to travel awhile

New downriver travelers for the next few miles, Milts three grandsons met us to travel awhile

Milt, Nathan and 3 grandsons heading for their boat ride downriver

Milt, Nathan and 3 grandsons heading for their boat ride downriver

AT Thebes, Il , boat landing where the boys got off at end of their short trip

AT Thebes, Il , boat landing where the boys got off at end of their short trip

Young women with a raft going down to the gulf of Mexico

Young women with a raft going down to the gulf of Mexico

huge bedrocks along the Missour Shore

huge bedrocks along the Missour Shore

pickup trying to get boat pulled out using a sandbar for ramp.  had to get a tractor to pull pickup

pickup trying to get boat pulled out using a sandbar for ramp. had to get a tractor to pull pickup

Meeting a huge barge, tow pushing 20 or 24 barges.  we called him and he advised meeting on right sides, next to red buoys.

Meeting a huge barge, tow pushing 20 or 24 barges. we called him and he advised meeting on right sides, next to red buoys.

Barges make a large area of turbulence behind them, especially when pushing hard upstream or in a turn.   stay away.   other than this, their wakes are not troublesome.

Barges make a large area of turbulence behind them, especially when pushing hard upstream or in a turn. stay away. other than this, their wakes are not troublesome.

One of the many huge sand bars/dunes formed by the river and dredging activities.   Miles and miles of them, usually rip-rap stone on the adjacent side

One of the many huge sand bars/dunes formed by the river and dredging activities. Miles and miles of them, usually rip-rap stone on the adjacent side

Turbullent water sone some of the sharp bends

Turbullent water sone some of the sharp bends

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Nate
    Sep 01, 2013 @ 21:58:50

    Great time! Boys loved their time. They did notice the beard Dad!

    Reply

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