Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Smithville, MS

We were prepared to leave our anchorage at 0730 for the nearby lock but the lockmaster said he was waiting for a tow so we would not be able to enter until at least 0845.  We entered on time and were on our way by shortly after nine.  This lock has the most lift at 84 feet of the entire trip.  We were lowered into the next "pool" 
We had 4 locks today to reach Smithville Marina.  Our traveling buddies were a trawler (8MPH on a good day) and a sailboat which wide open on the outboard was 7MPH.  So we slowly made our way the 36 miles to the marina.
The lock makes us look small. 
 After being on KY Lake the Ten Tom (short for the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway) was narrow and shallow.  Beautiful autumn colors were beginning to emerge.  
We arrived at Smithville at 2:30PM (1430).  We stayed here in 2006 and not much has changed except the clearing of a house occupied by the owner who was killed here in the tornadoes of the spring of 2011.  It didn't damage the marina but leveled a few buildings about 300 yards away.  Simple marina but with wifi, cable and a courtesy car all was good.  We declined the car and grilled out.
The view approaching the marina

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