We started today in an anchorage north of Cape Girardeau, MO. A downpour delayed our planned 6 AM departure by about 90 minutes. The anchors held so well that it took some effort to retrieve them.

The Mississippi river is running fast, very high, and muddy. Many of the navigation aids have been washed to shore by the heavy flooding, so we rely on our electronic chart plotter and the skill of the captain to stay in the channel.

We are monitoring fuel usage because there are few fuel stops along the Mississippi. With half of our 540 gallons of diesel fuel left, we think there is a safe margin (but please read the next post named “Low Fuel, Tornado, and a Coast Guard Rescue“).