Lila, aboard Blue Haven, called the lock at 0730 to find out when we could get through Joe Wheeler Lock. The word was to come on over to the lock and the lockmaster would get us down in the next locking. Mazel Tug and LeeLoo (both 37’ Nordic Tugs) had gone to the Wheeler State Park Marina in First Creek just around the corner. They were notified by radio and all boats meandered to the lock entrance. In about 45 minutes we were able to lock through this 48.5 foot vertical drop.
It is 16 miles through Wilson Lake to get to Wilson Lock and Dam. By now there were five boats traveling together at pretty much the same speed as there is not point in them arriving early as the lockmaster will wait for the slowest boat in any case. In this case the slowest boat is Sea To See!
All five boats locked through this lock together. Wilson Lock has the greatest elevation change of any lock on this entire trip. At 93.5 feet you really feel small down in the bottom after it has dropped. Once out the bottom end it was just a three mile jaunt down river to the Florence Harbor Marina at MM 256.
Namaste with Jim, JoAnn and Sammy aboard were awaiting us when we pulled in so we had a nice reunion. After sharing stories from the past three weeks while they had left there boat to go home it was time for chores. I washed windows and put rainex on them in preparation for the next rainstorms that were predicted to be coming our way.
We took the loaner car to Walmart for more provisioning and then had dinner once again at City Hardware. I couldn’t control myself and had the shrimp and grits – again.