October 12, 2018 Friday Bay Springs Lake (south east end), Tenn-Tom Waterway Mile 413.2 to Midway Marina, Fulton MS, Tenn-Tom Waterway mile 393.8 25.8 nautical miles
Elevation: 261 feet (3 locks dropped 147 feet)
57 degrees this morning in the salon when we got up. The cold front definitely settled in. Dale wore long pants the first time since we left Minnesota.
First kill of the day was at 7:37 am: A giant spider hiding in my electric range when I went to make French Toast. Second kill of the day was at 8:27 am: a fly.
Full of the days optimism we pulled our anchor too soon, before we called the lock. They were closed to complete 3-4 hours maintenance so we spent the morning exploring finger coves and free drifting. All in all not a bad place to wait. Bay Springs Lake is pretty and the weather was more than cooperative.
A 3 in one day (3 locks in one day even after a 4 hour wait)
By the time the Jamie Whitten Lock opened around 12:30 pm there were four of us ready to go. COSTAL KARMA, GOOD LIFE, none-Looper boat Journey. We ran through three locks all about 6-8 miles apart. The lock masters try to coordinate the passage so that the next lock is open and ready when you get to it
We completed the 32 mile long “Divide Cut” shortly after exiting the Jamie Whitten Lock and started the 44 mile Canal Section a.k.a Chain of Lakes Segment.
In the “Canal Section” the canal actually sits on the side of the hill with the hill acting as one side of the canal and the levee the other. This created a bunch of small, very shallow lakes. For cost saving certain areas they did not clear stumps. Just cleared tree tops. In some areas, the trees were left standing.
Failure of this levee would not only flood the adjacent land to the west, but also drain the canal.
Canal Section Locks
Midway Marina mile 393.8
The 4 hour delay at the Jamie Whitten Lock meant we needed to stay in Fulton Marina as there were no anchorages in this area we felt comfortable anchoring out in with all the tree stumps.
Tales from the Loop: SEA COWBOY’s anchor (the Looper boat behind us on the dock) twisted free at 4:00 am last night when a squall came through. It spun him 180 degrees. Anchor didn’t hold and he drifted into GOOD DAY (the Looper boat ahead of us on the dock). They weren’t very social to each other.
Midway Marina Office