1-Nov-2020 Sunday – Columbus MI (~TTR mile 315) to McAlpin Bend AL (~TTR mile 243) 74.7 nautical miles (86.0 statute miles)
Elevation: 74 feet
Total Elevation Change: -62 feet
Tenn-Tom Waterway Mile 306.8, Tom Bevill Lock and Dam
Tenn-Tom Waterway Mile 266.1, Howell Heflin Lock and Dam
*** Last one on the Tenn- Tom!
States (2): Mississippi, Alabama
The weather has to warm up or we need to stop at a marina to wash our cold weather clothes. I pulled a long sleeved shirt from my dirty clothes pile and put it on this morning so I could feel like I changed my clothes.
Along the Way
The infamous telephone booth at mile 312.
Somewhere in the day we crossed into Alabama. I didn’t even notice.
Montgomery snag boat at Tom Beville Lock and Dam
The Montgomery is a steam-powered sternwheel-propelled snagboat built in 1925 and operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Montgomery cleared snags and obstructions from the Coosa, Alabama, Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, Flint, Black Warrior, and Tombigbee Rivers until her retirement on November 8, 1982. She is one of only two surviving Army Corps of Engineers snagboats and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989. Montgomery now operates as a museum ship.
Below Tom Beville Lock and Dam
Huh? It’s the white stuff again?
The white stuff. Lots of white stuff. Foam.
Most foam in rivers and lakes is naturally occurring, and not an indicator of pollution.
The foam is most often the result of the natural die-off of aquatic plants … when the plants die and decompose, the oils contained in the plant cells are released and float to the surface. The turbulence from wind, waves and dams whip up dissolved organic compounds into suds. It accumulates more often during late fall when plant materials are decomposing in the water
Shots across the bow
Howell Heflin mile 266.1
Our LAST lock on the Tenn-Tom Waterway. I had to take a picture. A 30 foot drop. Besides, I got my coveted spot.
White Cliffs of Espe AK at mile 248. To bad the sun is on the western side. Last time through we were earlier in the day and the cliffs were gleaming.
There’s a storm brewing
There’s a storm brewing just above South America, Tropical Storm Eta. She expected to become a hurricane within the next 24 hours. She’s expected to Eta is very likely to bring hurricane conditions along the eastern coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras and no one knows where she’s heading after that.
Hurricanes this last in the year usually stay south due to a strong gulf stream and wind sheers. This year the winds are weak. One of the models has Eta pushing her way across Central America. More concerning to us are the models where she turns and heads north into the Gulf. The best guess model has Eta move back over the waters of the northwestern Caribbean where it could be pulled northward towards Cuba, the Florida Peninsula and the northern Bahamas next weekend (November 7-8). Our winter plans just might be rained out. Of more immediate concern is how fast to we continue to head south.
Welcome to Alabama.
- It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
- Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
- It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
- Bear wrestling matches are prohibited.
- Incestuous marriages are legal.
- It is illegal to impersonate a person of the clergy.
- It is illegal to maim oneself to escape duty.
- It is illegal to stab yourself to gain someone’s pity.
- You may not drive barefooted.
- Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
- Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.
- It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile.
- You must have windshield wipers on your car.
- You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.
- Masks may not be worn in public.
- Women are able to retain all property they owned prior to marriage in the case of divorce. However, this provision does not apply to men.
- Men may not spit in front of the opposite sex