The TenTom Waterway construction moved more earth than that of the Panama Canal and was completed in 1984. It consists of 10 locks and damns and saves vessels from having to travel a longer distance and deal with current via the Mississippi in order to get to/from various ports.
The first portion of The TenTom waterway can be described as a narrow canal. It is here where we passed with a tow so close that we could have handed the captain a cup of coffee. Well maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but there certainly was very little space between us and him. Interesting note is what we call barges are referred to as tows here on the inland river system and apparently you want to make sure you do not call a tow a barge, very much a faux paus.
This week we anchored out several nights with John and Gina on Alysana, finding some scenic spots which as an added bonus surprised us with wildlife sightings.
We managed to pass through 7 locks in 2 days. Four locks the first day followed by 3 locks the following day. Fortunately commercial traffic was minimal and we had no delays getting in and then locked down. We will add a post about the locking process here soon and share more details on what is involved.
At the moment we are in Columbus, MS where we will have Glenn join us and travel down to Mobile, AL. Fortunately for Glenn he knows what he is getting into – he spent time on SV Hiatus 10 years ago when he sailed with us from Costa Rica to Ecuador and then from Mexico back to Texas.
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