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... several there all staring at us as we walk by! Apparently though the 'gators are not like crocodiles. Where crocodiles are dangerous and likely to attack, these southern gators tend to swim away. Well, that is what we are told but I'm not game to go swimming to test the theory!
There are some really lovely spots to pull over along the Trace and for the history buffs, plenty of historical markers ...
... next three but then had a 45 minute wait at the fifth.
In the last set of locks, the Perla's motor died and they couldn't get it started. No problem.....GoDevil to the rescue to get them out of the locks. After ...
... apart and we could only see one riverbank so I just headed the way I thought we should go and watched the depth sounder. (The compass doesn't work) The lock operator told us there was no barge traffic either way so we kept going and as we approached the fog lifted and we were able to enter the lock right away.
As we came out of the lock the fog had lifted much more and we sped up to ...
I have the old coupling and took some pictures. It is supposed to have a nice square slot and this one has 2 and the shaft slot looked worse. I just couldn't get down there to take a picture while he was working on it.
It was cold and rainy the last few days so we would have been here at the marina anyway. Wednesday we are off again southbound with our next major stop planned for Columbus Ms.
The adventure continues
... the shaft key had been wearing back and forth for thousands of shifts and finally tore the keyslots out in the coupling and shaft.
Within and hour I managed to jam it back together and tighten the 2 set screws and crossed my fingers. We decided better to go back 3 miles to Midway then 15 miles to the next marina and the lockmaster let us back out and we limped along at Idle speed ...