Chattanooga 2016 Hot Cruise
Shellmound Campground to Goose Pond Colony
Saturday September 24
We got up before daybreak to take showers. Then I fixed some coffee. We of three boats contemplated using a springline to warp off the dock but decided that was over thinking things. Instead I used my long boathook to push the sterns of the two side boats off so they could back out. Then we shoved off on Andrea Lynn. Right at 0730 we left the dock and proceeded to the lock. We had to wait a few minutes for other boats to lock through coming up. But then the gates opened and the horn sounded. It was time to return to Guntersville pool and begin the longest cruise segment of the trip.
Soon we approached the CSX railroad bridge but then had to wait 20 minutes for a train to go through. I made sure I was at the front. As soon as the all clear signal was given I gunned it.
After 50 miles and interminable heat we made it to Goose Pond Colony. I prepaid the transient. Then we headed to the Docks whereupon I settled down and immediately ordered a nice frozen Pina Colada.
We then had a nice dinner and just about froze in the restaurant. I hung out for a few minutes at the dock party before falling asleap in the chair and turning in.
0730 Leave dock at Shellmound camp ground
0754 waiting at Nickajack lock
0823 cleared the lock
0830 passed 423.6
0903 bumped up RPM
0918 passed blue arch bridge
0920 5.5 knots SOG
0937 passed into Alabama
0942 2415 RPM
0947 passed 415.5
0950 throttled down to wait for a train at CSX railroad bridge
1022 passed CSX railroad bridge
1029 5.9 knots SOG
1037 2644 RPM
1049 throttled down to conserve fuel
1100 5.3 knots SOG
1125 passed Widows Creek steam plant
1130 brief stop to take pictures
1202 passed 404.0 (Navionics)
1211 passed trestle bridge (Rt 117)
1212 passed 403.0 (Navionics)
- Goose Pond 378 eta 1630
1321 passed Raccoon Creek
1329 passed 395 (Navionics)
- Goose Pond 378 eta
1338 throttled up
1343 passed 393.7
1404 2336 RPM
1406 passed 391 (Navionics)
1451 passed Rt 35 bridge
1526 passed towboat "Harley Hall"
1600 turned off into Goose Pond Marina
We got up really early to get showers - the first in about a week.
Kokomo is looking proper and ready to lock down.
I always find something new along the river.
We had to wait for a train to pass.
The past and the future.
We could not get to Goose Pond soon enough since it was so ridiculously hot. The first order of business was a Pina Colada.