October 28, 2015 – Wednesday – Goose Pond Marina to Ditto Marina – 44.4 statute miles traveled

Fuel was cheaper here at Goose Pond than any of the other marinas we had been in so we filled up with #2 diesel and pumped the holding tank before heading out. We left at 0904 giving us a needed head start on the other two boats as they were taking care of other business before heading out.

By the time we reached Guntersville at MM 359 a SW wind had picked up to a steady 15 with gusts to 25 mph. As Guntersville Lake is a quite big on the Tennessee River the waves had built sufficiently that we were taking spray over the bow and there were white caps everywhere. This lasted until we turned the corner to the North West into the channel leading to the Guntersville Lock.

Colors were not as vivid as we had hoped.  There seemed to be more rust and yellow tones than the bright orange and reds we expected.

Colors were not as vivid as we had hoped. There seemed to be more rust and yellow tones than the bright orange and reds we expected.

I expected to see the other two boats catching up to us by now but radio contact indicated they were still about an hour behind us so we locked through the Guntersville Lock (MM 349, 39’ drop) with Valor, a Grand Alaskan. Then it was an easy run to Ditto Marina at MM 33.5.

Blue Haven and Mazel Tug made it in before dark. Someone on one of the other boats had a car so about five boats all ordered pizza and they went and picked it up. We were invited aboard Blue Haven for Chart Hour and Pizza so got to know them a little better.

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