Cinco De Mayo

Trip Start Apr 20, 2013
Trip End May 08, 2013

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Cinco" might be a bad name for a sailing blog entry.  :)   But the guys got to do a little celebrating today as they made it to Dacatur just as the sun started to come out.

After leaving Wilson locks earlier, they traveled Wilson Lake and then Wheeler Lake which are both either part of or maybe turn into the Tennessee River after Decatur.  The weather was pretty much miserable with high winds against them at first and rain and cold temps.  And the valve problem on the water intake continues to be the thorn in their side.  They know how to bypass the problem, but it requires a steady eye on the temperature gauge and then funneling water constantly until the valve settles and stays open.  They went through Wheeler locks today which was the second set of locks on this Cinco de Mayo.




They made it to Riverwalk Yacht Club in Decatur around 4:30pm.  My brother was at church then, but Janet came to the dock with a greatly appreciated spread of food.  She brought Mexican casserole, salad, cornbread, brownies, and ice cream for the crew!  They decided they didn't need to take them up on the offer for warm beds and showers, but instead they will sleep on the boat tonight and get an early start in the morning.  Jess came by the boat on his way home and gave Joe a lift to Wal-Mart for some supplies including a raincoat.  He visited for awhile and then left them to crash for the night.  I think visions of Nickajack Lake are dancing in their heads. :)


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jessica on

Hey guys, we have enjoyed the blog and following the boat so much. Can hardly wait to see you coming under the railroad bridge in South Pittsburg TN and into Nickajack!!

I'm sort of calculating that today you will be close to Guntersville, and on Tuesday get to Scotsboro, AL. If this works out, then a half day travel on Wednesday will get you to Nickajack Lake. (by the way, Scotsboro,, is the home of "unclaimed luggage"...all luggage left on airplanes in the US, goes to this store and everything in the luggage is for sale at this place....Anne could tell stories about this)

We hope you will come with us to Monteagle for the night on Wednesday and have dinner at High Point. This home, turned restaurant, was Al Capone's home. He traveled Chicago, to Miami, FL on Hwy 41 which runs through Monteagle. He kept a home and a "lady" in Monteagle. So the term "high point" may have referred to the altitude, or the attitude while he was in Tennessee

If all this works out, the Coach will put all your gear and sweaty bodies into his truck and get you home to Baton Rouge by dinner time on Thursday. The Smoke House has rooms for you Wednesday, so you can shower and dry out and sleep on a real mattress.

I can hardly wait to hear the stories

Joey's Dad would be proud of the way you have adjusted and adapted to your loving task of getting the boat to us. You can imagine how helpless Anne and Denise and I would feel when we tried over and over to get the hang of the motor and the sails. As amateur sailers and less amateur mechanics, we were never able to overcome some of Perla's quirks

All along, one of our goals was to be able to use the boat to take folks out for an afternoon or evening on the water. We hoped to bring folks that were sad or in need of a lift, or a change of scenery. It never really worked out well, since the lady sailors were a little too novice to pull off taking out folks with fragile psyche

An opportunity has presented itself to us here in Tennessee however, that we are excitied about. There is a youth ministry in the area called Mountain Top. Kids from all over the US come to spend time all through the year, working with the poor in the mountain area. The kids teach and help with home repair and all sorts of projects to brighten the lives of some of the poorest of the poor.

We have been asked to use the boat to entertain these youth missionaries, on their day off each week. There is limited access to entertainment in the area, and we are thrilled to be in a position soon to take on this request

So thank you so much Joe, Greg, Ed, and will have made a big difference for these kids going forward

See you SOON!!

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