While people are still trying to figure out the impact of Hurricane Michael to Loop travelers everyone is bolting for Demopolis, AL. A lot of insurance policies prohibit passage south of Demopolis, AL on the Tenn-Tom Waterway until November 1 when ‘hurricane season’ ends. Our insurance policy will permit us to continue on.
We had planned on staying in Columbus, MS for another day to explore the areas and see the antebellum homes it is known for. However, at the moment we are near the front of the Looper pack and there are approximately 8-10 slips still available at this time. We are on the list at Demopolis Marina list with fingers crossed. There is ~120 miles and 3 locks between Columbus, MS to Demopolis, MS which means we need at least 1 overnight anchorage.
OK, why the still the rush if our insurance will let us travel further south? The Looper convention is over Thursday. This will let about 100 Looper boats through the locks like one giant flush all flowing the same direction. The thing is, Hurricane Michael’s impact on the Gulf passage for Looper’s has not yet been figured. We, like all the other Looper boats need a Plan B, Demopolis, is a good place to hole up and figure it out.
Along the Way on Tenn-Tom Waterway River Section
This part of “The Ditch” River Section is definitely river-like. The Tombigbee River has been widened and straightened to accommodate barge traffic. Dikes are used intermittently.
Welcome to Alabama. Alabama/Mississippi State Line – first time at mile 313.5. HA. We zig-zagged between Alabama and Mississippi for the next 3 miles before entering Alabama for good at mile 310.8.
Two Today (Locks)
John Stennis Lock mile 334.7, MS
Tom Bevill Lock and Dam mile 306.8, AL
Looper boat COSTAL KARMA joined us at Tom Bevill Lock. Locks have a way of bunching Loopers together. We cruised right into the lock but unfortunately COSTAL KARMA had about a 30 minute wait in the lock for us to get there.