making our way north
After a week’s stay in Mobile, we left last Sunday to head up the rivers. Nick completed the new paint on the mast and built a great mast cradle for the ride up river, while I drove Ethan to his grandparents, all baby stuff taken care of and had a visit with the doctor. All is going well – I’m around 24 weeks and feeling good. Only complaint is it’s starting to get a bit difficult getting through the doors on the boat!! We did find out by default (received an ultrasound photo that had the sex) that we will be welcoming a baby Girl to our family!!! Ethan is very excited!
We’ve encountered quite a bit of downstream current from all the rain which has made for a slow go. Once we reached Demopolis, the current lessened and we have been making better time (lower part – 4.5 mph ; currently ranging from 5.5 – 6.5 mph). The amount of trash in the water has decreased as well and makes for much better travel. We made it to Columbus, Mississippi today and have stopped at the marina here to change the oil and take a bit of a rest. We’ll head out early tomorrow and see just how many of the locks we can get through in one day. So far timing has been great and we have not had to wait very long at any of the locks (we’ve made it through 4 of the 13 – then we’ll have 2 more on the Cumberland). Weather has been great – sunny and beautiful. We did get a bit of rain while in Demopolis, but while we were at the dock. We miss Ethan like crazy, but know he is having way more fun running around at both grandparents houses than he would on the boat for long days of motoring (and not a beach in site!).
We should make it to Green Turtle Bay by mid-week, get the mast re-stepped, then make our way on to Nashville.
Happy Memorial Day weekend!!