Day 30, Mon sept 9th, at Paducah, KY

We and the boat made it to Paducah today, via pickup truck. A Mr. Frank Trieglagg of Joppa/Metropolis, Il. pulled our boat out with his trailer and pickup and trailed it up to a Mercury Marine dealer here in Paducah. arrived about 3:00 PM, hope they can at least diagnosis the problem today and get it fixed tomorrow. Frank took us to a Drury motel so that is where we are now.

We also found out the the couple we had dinner with last night are also here. the room also included a hot meal tonite and hot breakfast tomorrow so the price is fairly reasonable. we used the pool and hot tub for a short time before supper and will do a little laundry. They also had 53 cent drinks, (beer, wine and mixed) tonite so we did partake a little. Milt had couple beer and Stan had 2 margriatas

Before we left this morning, a couple more travelers showed up at the dock. A canoer, Eian Davis, was canoeing down the Ohio from Pittsburg to Cairo and a couple stopped with a large sailboat who was now traveling the great loop. Actually, they started from Scotland about 2 years ago, went thru the Suez and red sea and on to Australia, New Zealand, and south pacific, then back thru the Suez , across the Alantic to New York , up the Hudson and Erie canal, Great lakes, down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, and are heading for Mobile via the Tennessee and Tom-Tigbe canal before heading on home or somewhere. Gene and Barb were also there as they prepared to continue upstream to Paducah.

Eian  Davis, Gene and Barg Geiger, Milt and Stan at dock near Metropolis, Il   before everyone continued their journeys

Eian Davis, Gene and Barg Geiger, Milt and Stan at dock near Metropolis, Il before everyone continued their journeys

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 Eian Davis and his Canoe,   Gracia , his dog travels with him, but she was busy exploring the area.

Eian Davis and his Canoe, Gracia , his dog travels with him, but she was busy exploring the area.

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Couple from Scotland in their travels with their 40 ft sailboat.

Couple from Scotland in their travels with their 40 ft sailboat.

Barb and Gene  Geiger with their wooden kayak, made from a kit and traveling about 2000 miles and doing volunteer service work along the way.

Barb and Gene
Geiger with their wooden kayak, made from a kit and traveling about 2000 miles and doing volunteer service work along the way.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marilyn
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 23:20:21

    You’ve been meeting such interesting people. What kind of dog does Eian Davis have?

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  2. Donna McCabe
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 18:13:38

    day 27 and 28 of your trip . We here at McCabe’s Marine did the best we could with what we pulled from the river. We were told it was a pontoon…not a house boat. The trip over heated our work truck. It is impossible to pull it again. On Sat no one is here but the owners, Gary and I. On closing Sat.. Gary drove to Metropolis ( 35 miles) worked on your motor and charged you nothing. Your vessel was underpowered and had water in your fuel. We were very proud to help you even after your rude comments.

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    • lkstan
      Oct 14, 2013 @ 18:42:02

      The fact remains that you did not fix or even find the problem. You found water in the gas of one tank and assumed that was the problem. As we found out later, If that was the problem, the motor would not have run at all, but it ran fine at the low rpms, but would dog down at higher rpm, even while in neutral. The problem was actually a buildup of carbon in the exhaust tube. Had you really tested the motor in a test tank, or even a 55 gal barrel, you would have found this problem. Apparently, you did not have the equipment or knowledge to really test out this motor.

      As far as the weight of the boat, we indicated on the telephone that this was a pontoon boat on which we had built a cabin in which we were traveling and that it was heavily loaded. We assumed that you would bring a heavy duty trailer and truck which would be capable of handling a large boat.

      Then, to top it off, your people took us back to the river, and dumped us off, but did not stick around to see if the motor ran right. but rather, took off as soon as the boat left the trailer, without even waiting to make sure the problem was solved. then when we called to say the motor was not fixed at all, we got nothing but excuses and it was apparent that you did not want anything to do with trying to fix the problem. Mr Macabe only came down on Sat, only after 3 days of calling for help. and he did the same thing, cleaned the carborators again, re-launched the boat and took off before we could test the boat. within 10 minutes, we again, found out that we still had the same problem, but he was already gone.

      We were again left on our own to try to get help. We finally were able to find someone who could take us to the dealer in Paducah, who found the problem within a couple of hours and fixed it the next day. the motor ran better that it ever had and we had no more problems for the rest of the trip.

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