Mississippi River Part 2

7 Aug

Since we had a long ‘road’ ahead of us, we awoke at dawn…


…and set out, skimming on the chocolate swirls (this is very muddy water!).


As we raced down the river…

more swirls

…Bushranger set her all-time speed record.  The Garmin (one of Boyd’s cool navigation toys)…


…showed 14 miles an hour.  It was sporty as the river gods flicked Bushranger’s tail-end around eddies and through mini whirlpools, encouraging her to unheard of speeds…Woo-Hoo!…we were flyin’!

Hold on a minute — I think I need to brief you about one of the interesting but potentially disastrous elements of the Mississippi River.

Back a hundred or so years ago the Army Corp of Engineers built what are called ‘wing dams’ throughout this river.  Essentially, they built hundreds (or probably thousands) of submerged (or partially submerged) rock walls protruding into the river along the river bends.  These walls are supposed to help with erosion and reduce the amount of dredging required. 

Well, that’s just grand, but these walls are UNDER the water!  So, other than looking at the chart, these rock walls are visible only by noting the dancing swirls that they form on the water’s surface. So, lesson here is to ALWAYS reference to your chart when navigating this river — or at least, watch the buoys very carefully!

Anyway, back to Bushranger’s story…

We traveled 150 miles today! Unheard of, you say! Well, yes, it was a bit of a record for us, but, in truth, there is only so much of blue skies, green trees and big river you can admire before it all starts blending together (oh mann, do I sound spoiled, or what!?!).


  So we decided to ‘make tracks’ down the Mississippi (since there are very few marinas and secure anchorages available) so we could linger over the remaining Loop.

at anchor

Bushranger is currently bobbing ‘on the hook’ at mile marker 8 at the Boston Bar, Illinois (no, not Massachusetts, it’s the OTHER Boston).  Tomorrow, maybe we’ll see the Ohio River?

4 Responses to “Mississippi River Part 2”

  1. Alex Ertz August 7, 2016 at 21:53 #

    That’s quite a day! One thing about the Mississippi: you make great time on it with the push of the current. Wishing you smooth lockages tomorrow on The Ohio. You’ll be back to “civilization” before you know it, enjoying all the amenities on the TVA lakes and easy, easy cruising there.

    • MrsB August 8, 2016 at 06:42 #

      Thanks Alex!

  2. jdepodwin August 7, 2016 at 22:38 #

    Sounds like a bit of a stressful day with the rocks hiding under the water. Glad Bushrsnger behaved. Also, how did you
    get back into Illinois? Thought you had been in Missouri?

    • MrsB August 8, 2016 at 06:43 #

      Illinois Missouri. ..tomato tomaaaato. …lol!

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