It was still raining when we left the Aquarium Bluff dock at 0704 and began our journey down the Tennessee River from Mile Marker 464.3 to MM 215. This is where we take a left turn and head into the Yellow River and the beginning of the Tennessee – Tombigbee Waterway that takes us all the way to Mobile, Alabama.
As soon as we were on our way we noticed that Blue Haven was about a quarter mile ahead and heading down the river too. We called them on the VHF to say hello and to find out what their plans might be. They were on their way to Goose Pond Marina while we expected to anchor at Long island again as we had coming up the river. It had taken us two days to get to Chattanooga from Long Island so we though it would be a good run while going down stream.
It continued to rain like stink and we were glad that two out of the three windshield wipers were working well – until the one on the port window quit working too. The way it quit I knew the setscrew that holds it onto the shaft motor had become loose. The current boost was at least 1.5 mph at times so it certainly helped us cover distance over the bottom more rapidly than we had going up the river.
When we got to Long Island it was still early and we were making such good time that we decided to keep going. We calculated we could make it to Goose Pond Marina before dark if we could get through Nickajack Lock (MM 425, 39’ drop) quickly. We were the only ones trying to go through Nickajack and a 15 minute wait was all it took to get in and we were off again. This allowed us to make it to Goose Pond with a half hour to spare as we arrived at 5:42 PM.
Blue Haven was well ensconced and we moored between them and Mazel Tug. We wanted to take on water and just as we docked Mazel Tug was doing the same so we were able to just use their hose and filter that streamlined the process. We made it back to “The Dock” for dinner where Vicki had the shrimp and grits this time.