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Published: November 25th 2010
along the Tombigbee
Wednesday, 24 November, 2010
We thought today would be another busy tow day, but we really only passed one on the river and a few have passed the bayou where we’re anchored. By the way, I’ve been told I need to explain tows. On inland waterways tug boats push barges filled with whatever and all strung together. On the Mississippi they may be 5 barges wide and 7 long, on the Tennessee they’re usually 3 wide and 5 long, but on the Tombigbee it appears they are up to 3 wide, but usually only 3 long, I guess due to the twisty nature of the river, as they are pretty awkward to turn. Anyway, the tugs and the barges together are called a tow, even though the tug pushes the barges not pulls. Is that clear as the mud on the bottom of this river?
That’s another thing; at mile 45 the Alabama River joined the Tombigbee River and the whole stinking thing then became the Mobile River. So here we are on the Mobile River at mile 10 anchored in Big Bayou Canot. Tomorrow we’ll go to a marina off Mobile Bay on Dog River for 2 or
meets Tombigbee River = Mobile River
3 nights. Friday we’ll grocery shop and visit with Sara’s friend. If the bay isn’t too rough we’ll leave Saturday, if the small craft warnings are still out, we’ll stay until Sunday.
One more thing, Sara is also publishing a blog: http://namadriel.blogspot.com/
So Happy Thanksgiving to all. Enjoy your festivities and be grateful for all you have.
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