We have modified
our previously planned our
trip as shown in the yellow text below: (see
numbering on the map)
We will depart our Marina on Tellico Lake, early in
October this year (2009) and proceed south and west down the Tennessee River
to Yellow Creek, the beginning of the Tenn-Tom waterway.
We then head south on the Tenn-Tom to the Gulf of Mexico
at Mobile Bay.
At the south end of Mobile Bay, we then head east
along the Gulf Intra-Coastal Waterway (GICW) to Carrabelle.
From Carrabelle, we proceed to the west coast area of
Florida around Tampa Bay.
From Tampa area, we then proceed south along the west
coast of FL, spending a fair amount of time (Dec, Jan, part
of Feb) along the way, mostly in Fort Myers. We will now
go to the Keys by car.
Meyers, we will then cross the Okeechobee and then head slowly north, up the
east coast via the Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway (AICW).
At New York Harbor, we head up the Hudson river and
into the Erie canal portion of the New York Canal system,
and exit at Osewego, NY.
From Oswego, we cross Lake Ontario, and visit Brenda's
family in Kingston ON, and then proceed west along the north
coast of the lake to Trenton, ON.
At Trenton, we enter the Trent-Severn canal system that
will eventually lead us to the Georgian Bay section
of Lake Huron.
From Georgian Bay, we travel via the North Channel and
the Straits of Mackinac to Lake Michigan.
We run south on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan to
Chicago, then ---
We take the Chicago Sanitary and Ship canal, the Illinois
river, the Mississippi, and the Ohio to get to the Cumberland
From the Cumberland river, there is a canal joining
the Cumberland and the Tennesse, and via this route we will
return home up the Tennessee River.
are important, as is electronic navigation, but keeping a good lookout
is the prime safety activity.
We got rid of the old yellow arrow a long time ago,
and substituted our satellite tracking system to save webtime and
to improve accuracy. The button below will show you EXACTLY
where we are (if I have remembered to trigger the satellite tracker).
It could also save our butts if we got in big trouble, as
it has an emergency button that would send a help message to the
Coast Guard with our exact coordinates.
Click on the URL link below for our location on Google
Earth: Here is where we are:
"As you might expect, with an overall distance in excess of
6000 miles, and a boat that will likely be cruised at just a bit
over 8 statute
mph, and a crew that likes to dawdle in interesting places -- this
adventure will be rather lengthy.
Our expectation is that it will take us about the better part
of one full year to
complete this journey, barring any unforseen disasters."