Remember our previous comment about traveling on a boat and having a plan but being flexible? Well, after phone calls this morning to several folks on the Arkansas River, including several lockmasters, one marina, and the Port Authority at Muskogee, we’ve decided to take a week delay here in Memphis at Mud Island Marina, possibly longer.
And then we met Mr. Blackley, a Captain and a very nice man who is refurbishing a boat here at Mud Island and has a wealth of knowledge traveling the AR River after having made the trip six times. “Trust me, I’ve been there, you don’t want to be on that river in its current condition. Even if you successfully make the trip in these conditions, you will not have seen and enjoyed the true beauty of the AR.”
The other factors are fuel and time. In our trawler, we average 10 mph but traveling against a current of 5 mph or more, you double your travel time and fuel costs.
OK, enough is enough, we give in! We really wanted to get to Muskogee sooner than later but we have been pushing it hard and probably need to stop and “smell the roses.” So, we approached Jim at the marina about a long-term stay. What a deal. Basically $10/day plus electricity, and we have cable TV and free laundry. Now, where can you get a riverfront room in a riverfront town like Memphis during Memphis in May for that kind of price? So, here are some shots from our new home for a week or so.
View of the river with tug going under I-40 Bridge (our backyard)
Downtown Memphis (front yard)
The American Queen Riverboat (she left shortly after this shot with full load of passengers)
View from Downtown Memphis looking back toward the marina
This is not law enforcement after us - they were patrolling the river for Memphis in May Music Fest on the riverfront.
We still need to move a couple of vehicles to Muskogee also so we’ll probably make use of our time for that purpose.
Not sure when we’ll be moving on the water again but check the blog periodically. For those of you new to river boating and checking the site to learn more about cruising the rivers, we may take this opportunity to cover some of the systems on the boat like cooking, water, electricity, bathrooms, etc.