We got going at 10am and arrived shortly at Nickajack Lock.
We locked through with no delays whatsoever in very sharp contrast to our locking through exercise on July 19th. I think that we used up the entire club's lock delay cards on that day so that was definitely not in vain.
About 1/2 hour later we exited the lock into Lake Nickajack.
We arrived at Hales Bar around noon. The trick for approaching Hales Bar from the south is to veer right about 1 mile south or just north of the I-24 and smaller bridges. Once arriving we figured out where to put the boats. Originally I docked past the floating cabins. But that proved difficult as someone had nailed a piece of plywood into the dock so that it stuck out over the water. I think this was a step on for a specific boat with low topsides such as a pontoon boat. Shortly I moved my boat to the end of the covered slips.
We ate lunch at Hales Bar Restaurant. I had a good hamburger and fries downed with a Corona. The menu has a few things besides hamburgers. The marina had a rustic look to it but I would go there again.
We spent the afternoon hanging out.
That evening we had the Brunswick Stew that had been promised the previous night.
1000 - raised anchor
1009 - entered main channel
1045 - sailboat passed going down river
1055 - arrived Nickajack Lock
1118 - commencing lock through
1135 - completed lock through
1151 - passed mm 426.4
1218 - passed under I-24 bridge
1224 - passed under smaller truss bridge
1245 - arrived Hales Bar MarinaNext