October 7th – Day One on the Mississippi River

12 Oct
Hoppie's Marine @ mile 158 on the Mississippi River.  Fern gave us the educatioon we needed to complete the trip to Tennessee & beyoud.

Hoppie’s Marine @ mile 158 on the Mississippi River. Fern gave us the educatioon we needed to complete the trip to Tennessee & beyoud.

Interesting home below St. Luis, MO

Interesting home below St. Luis, MO

Interesting home below St. Luis, MO

Interesting home below St. Luis, MO

    St. Luis, MO from the Miss. River

St. Luis, MO from the Miss. River

 Riverside statued of Lewis & Clarke & dog frm the river

Riverside statued of Lewis & Clarke & dog frm the river

 Over 100 year old bridge build before the Civil War crossing th eMiss. River @ St. Luis, MO

Over 100 year old bridge build before the Civil War crossing th eMiss. River @ St. Luis, MO

 Party/tour boat on Miss. River by St. Luis, River

Party/tour boat on Miss. River by St. Luis, River

Water spout across river from the arch in St. Luis, MO said to reach as high as the arch.  Thats over 600' high

Water spout across river from the arch in St. Luis, MO said to reach as high as the arch. Thats over 600′ high

The arch & new bridge from the Miss. River

The arch & new bridge from the Miss. River

   Barge manuvering on Miss. River blocking our way

Barge manuvering on Miss. River blocking our way

Party/tour boat on the Miss by St.Luis, MO

Party/tour boat on the Miss by St.Luis, MO

Our first full day on the Mississippi River & it was great but trying.  We were up @ 6:00 AM & ready to go before 7:00.  We called the lock about 1 mile down river & ended up having to wait until 8:45 to start down.  Then the mouth of the lock was totally blocked with large trees that we had to push aside to enter.  A couple miles downriver the Misouri River joined the Miss. On the RDB (Right Down Bank).  We were concerned about that having been told it can carry strong current pushing you into the opposite bank but it was no trouble.  Next we entered the 5 mile long channel leading to the next lock & passed many tugs with barges stopped along the side.  The lock held us up about 45 minuets before locking us through but not bad & we are lock free for the rest of the Miss.  St. Luis was beautiful from the water & we have about 100 pix to download when we next get a good wi-fi connection in addition to the 50 we downloaded yesterday to the blog but have not been able to sort amongst the several days.

We made it to Hoppie’s Marine without difficulty with a landing in the current & all that you could only dream about.  We have had our meeting with Fern & received our instructions for the rest of the trip to Mobile so are feeling much more confident in our abilities to survive this ordeal.  We expect to spend two days on the Miss., 1 day on the Ohio, 1 day on the Cumberland then park Quimby a few days while we attend the AGLCA meeting @ Joe Wheeler Park Oct 14th through the 17th  We will note our progress in the days to come.

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