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Onward to Demopolis, AL
By Thomas R Friers
Posted on 10/19/2017 6:13 PM
We had a very peaceful night at anchor and got the head working like new again, so all was well.  However, we anchored about 7 miles before all the other boats, because they needed to get into a park area for their dogs and it was a small anchorage - - no problem - I told them I would catch up with them prior to the lock (the one and only for today).  We got underway at 0720 and the visibility was maybe 100 feet - - definitely a day for lights, radar, and Mary to worry.  Within half an hour I was able to see a bit farther and could at least go faster than idle speed.  A short time later, I was able to push it up and join them all at the lock.  The lockmaster decided that I should go first coming out of the lock - no problem, so we took a quick picture of the four boats behind - - Hey Coach, Chemistry, Manatee, and Aquatecture:

We had a beautiful day on the water - but the waterway meandered so much it was frustrating.  Here is a quick shot of the chartplotter to give you an example:

Inspite of the route, we finally arrived at the fuel dock in Demopolis at 1415 after a run of 52.2 nm and who is there getting fuel but the Tug "Alice Parker" - the guy we followed yesterday for a few hours.  The 31 year old captain came out to chat as we were taking on our meager 138 gallons of fuel - - he was taking on 15,000.  What an enjoyable conversation about his life as a Tow Captain:

We will stay here at least until Sunday, but the forecast is for storms on Sunday and Monday - so we will probably stay until Tuesday morning, then we are four days away from Mobile, AL.  We will celebrate our 45th Wedding Anniversary in good old Demopolis on Saturday and hope to go to a nice restaurant in the area.  As usual, all is well aboard the Jolly Mon after another beautiful day on the water.
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