November 9, 2012

November 8, 2012    Day 181                              

Bashi Creek, Black Warrior-Tombigbee River, AL
Total miles to date:  3695.8

Knowing today was going to be a very long one, we got an early start and left Demopolis at 7am with seven other boats. The lock was four miles away and the lockmaster had it ready for all of us.  We descended 40 feet and then exited the lock, ready to keep going south. We were now on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway and it had all the twists and turns of the one before it!  There was very little water traffic today. We only passed one tow and one pleasure craft.

Our chart plotter shows the path to follow!
We were stacked in tight at
Bashi Creek with five boats!
Another view of Bashi Creek!
There were few acceptable anchorages on the river and we had to continue 71 miles to Bashi Creek to find one. The creek is very narrow and tree lined but we went in first and then turned around and anchored. Then The Zone backed in and anchored and rafted to us.  Shortly after that two more boats arrived and rafted together. Then a fifth boat, Catmandu, also on the Loop, entered and anchored.  Bashi Creek was full with boats lined three deep front to back!

Ross and Laura (The Zone) came over for dinner as we once again pooled our resources for a good meal!