Mississippi River Part 1

6 Aug

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I am ‘gob-smacked’. 

Here we sit, on the Mighty Mississippi River, cruising at a brisk 12 miles an hour (with a nod of thanks to the river current), playing hide-and-seek with a plethora of barges, while frantically snapping photos of one of the busiest harbors in the US, St Louis Missouri. 

Rather than bore you with words, let me take you with us through some images…

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…the locks on this part of the river are huge and pristine…

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…we even got a glimpse of the Missouri River as we sped along…

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…and, of course, the city of St Louis looked amazing…

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Bushranger is tied up at Hoppies Marina. 

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It’s a bit sparse (we are again tied off to a retired barge) but safe and snug.  

In the words of the great Bette Davis, “Fasten your seatbelts…it’s going to be a bumpy night.”

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P.S. Hoppies: t/1

10 Responses to “Mississippi River Part 1”

  1. Alex Ertz August 6, 2016 at 17:59 #

    In a couple days you’ll have the fun of turning up the Ohio (much cleaner water than Old Man River, but going the wrong way, ha!) and encountering 2 of the oldest locks around #53 and #52, with the new Olmsted L&D also in the short stretch of Ohio before the Cumberland (or Tennessee). There you will see the greatest concentration of barge traffic on the Loop. The lock masters there are consummate professionals, though, with the one at Olmsted acting as choreographer for an amazing amount of traffic and in charge of two locations. Just check in with them and get in the queue, and practice patience, patience, patience. They WILL get you through. If you get “stuck” on the river and night falls, they’ll guide you to a safe anchorage, too. Of course, the barges keep locking through all night.

    • MrsB August 6, 2016 at 18:30 #

      I am sitting here watching muddy water and the occasional log swirl around Bushranger…fascinating, no doubt, but I look forward to the cleaner water of the Ohio River! Thanks for the head’s up!

  2. Marianne August 6, 2016 at 21:16 #

    LynnAnne, if you are spending the weekend in STL you should call Meghan. Call me for her number
    Marianne

    • MrsB August 6, 2016 at 22:23 #

      Hi Marianne. We’re already well past STL and will go another 100 miles tomorrow. That’s too bad. ..I would have loved to get together with Meghan!

  3. Big Bro August 6, 2016 at 22:57 #

    So you have almost completed the full circle?

    • MrsB August 7, 2016 at 07:53 #

      We’re certainly sneaking up on it.

  4. Alex Ertz August 7, 2016 at 12:07 #

    You didn’t mention it the other day–and most Loopers let it pass without much notice, but when you were on the lower Illinois River near Mile Marker 61 you reached the Western-most spot on the Great Loop. It’s usually obvious when you reach the Northern- and Southern-most spots on the Loop, since they are turning points, but many overlook East and West. You’ve now covered the compass! Another sign of impending completion.
    If you’re anchoring at the Little River Diversion Channel near Cape Girardeau, MO tonight, then you’ve also re-entered the South! Welcome home, sorta-kinda!

    • MrsB August 7, 2016 at 12:13 #

      THAT’S SO NICE! Thank you

  5. Cathy & Jim Taylor August 7, 2016 at 14:20 #

    We have enjoyed following your Great Loop Adventure…You have inspired us and we have now bouught and brought home a Grand Banks 1978 Lady. Looking to follow your trail in the next few years…We can not believe how fast you have moved since starting the 2nd half of your adventure…Almost ready to cross your wake at Pickwick….What will you do then? Surely you are not ready to rejoin a “regular” land lubber life? Thank you for sharing your adventure and inspiring us.

    • MrsB August 7, 2016 at 15:36 #

      You guys have made my day! …and I’m envious of your future adventures. Good luck with your 1978 Lady.

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