September 28, 2015 – Monday – Paris Landing Marina to Pebble Isle Marina – 31.4 statute miles traveled

Jim (from Namaste) had been visiting with the marina office personnel and they gave him a set of charts of the Tennessee River from the 1970s last evening. They are pretty neat so I thought I would see if another set was available. I waited until the office opened at 0800 to buy some ice. At the same time I asked about the charts and they gave me a set too.

We were off of the dock by 0825 and headed up the Tennessee River. The river is fairly wide in spots much like a lake but the navigation channel is only the width of the original Tennessee River before the area was flooded by building dams as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) project The cartography on the Chart Plotter shows the original river as well as all of the creek beds that entered it. It also shows where the old road beds were. It is very interesting to be traveling over the top off all of this history. At one point we passed a partially submerged grain elevator from pre-dam days.

Old Grain Elevator that where the first floor and part of the second floor was buried when the lake was created.

Old Grain Elevator that where the first floor and part of the second floor was buried when the lake was created.

First time we had seen a tow with a full load (5 x 3) out front plus another tied alongside the boat.

First time we had seen a tow with a full load (5 x 3) out front plus another tied alongside the boat.

We had Vicki water all day long and the reflection of the trees on the bank was very nice. At one point we passed a very strange vessel and did out best to guess what it’s purpose is.

What is it? From a distance we thought it was a passenger ship but up close it clearly is built for some kind of cargo.

What is it? From a distance we thought it was a passenger ship but up close it clearly is built for some kind of cargo.

Arriving at Pebble Isle we found the channel into Trace Creek to be quite narrow and crooked though the depth was 10’ or more. On arrival we met Billie the dock master and were shown our mooring spot. By the evening 10 other looper boats besides Sea To See and Namaste were on the dock. It sprinkled rain off and on all afternoon.

While talking to Billie as we were registering we asked if there were any restaurants round and he said only the one at the marina and it was closed today. We asked if there might be a pizza place that would deliver to the docks and he called around and found one. This was Tony’s Pizza. With his southern drawl it came out like Taoweneze Pizza and Vicki, before thinking, said “What, Taiwanese Pizza???” She realized her fauxpax to late to take it back. Billie either didn’t pick up on it or was gracious enough to ignore it but we got a good laugh out of that later.

The floating restaurant was closed on Monday through Wednesday but the marina decided to pole the transient boats to see if there was enough interest in eating at the restaurant. If so they would open it. It turned out that eight boats expressed an interest representing 17 people so they called in the cook and the rest of the kitchen crew and opened the restaurant for us.

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