On Thursday we had planned to leave Paducah, KY around 9:00 AM, but heavy rains delayed our launch until noon, when we and ten other boats headed up the Ohio River. There are two routes from Paducah to Green Turtle Bay, our destination for the day. However, Kentucky Lock (the confluence of the Tennessee River and the Ohio River) was closed for repairs so our flotilla and many barges with following push-boats traveled a few miles upstream to the confluence of the Cumberland River and the Ohio River, and then followed the Cumberland River to the Barkley Lock.
A fast Tiara named Mary Grace took the lead up the Cumberland, with R&R in hot pursuit. Mary Grace arrived at the Barkley Lock a few minutes before us and entered the lock just in time to get a quick 50+ foot lift to Lake Barkley. But when we arrived, we had to wait 3 1/2 hours in the heat to lock through. As you might imagine, all of the slower trawlers we had passed along the Cumberland caught up with us as we waited. Hmmm…I still haven’t learned that speed is not always the answer. The entire flotilla arrived at Green Turtle Bay at dusk. Helpful nearby boaters took our lines and helped us tie safely to the docks.
Green Turtle Bay is a well-maintained marina and condominium resort that has been owned by the same family for generations. There are two good restaurants, a very nice spa, convenient and clean laundry facilities, and a well-stocked ship’s store. Many Great Loop travelers stay at GTB for a few days to rest after the taxing run down the Mississippi. We plan to stay here at GTB for some R&R for R&R aboard R&R.
On Friday I washed the Mississippi mud off of R&R and Rhonda did laundry and cleaned and organized inside the boat. We used the free GTB shuttle service to re-provision (that’s boat-speak for grocery shopping) at the nearby market. We met old and new friends on the docks. We plan to join Craig and Nikki (Joy Girl) and Harland and Sarah (Invinceable) this evening at a local theater for a Southern Gospel music concert, and tomorrow we plan to join them for worship at a local Baptist church where tonight’s talent will provide special music.
Some followers have asked to see our Great Loop trip on a map. Here is a map of our 750+ mile voyage so far. We will set this up as a separate blog page that will automatically update as we progress.
We continue to enjoy exchanging “boat cards” with other boaters on the Great Loop. These cards help us remember names/faces/boats when we see the same boats (and their people and pets) days or weeks later. Here are some of the boat cards we have collected so far:
Here is our current boat card:
…but when we run out of cards, our next order probably will use this photo of R&R on the Mississippi River, passing the Gateway Arch in St. Louis:
Happy Sunday to all!
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Good evening R&R,
Thanks for sharing your amazing adventure. I look forward to your post. Cheers to your next journey!! Bon voyage
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