Day 19 Memphis 0 Miles

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100_2562As planned, O miles in Memphis today, nice break…..

A day at Mud Island Marina under the boat shelter, living the ‘marina’ life.  Folks have been especially nice, seems there was a storm that passed this way recently and knocked out some of their basic services (no spigot water) – they’ve done plenty to assist in any manner possible – fresh water and resupply for the next 200 mile (to Greenville, Ms) leg was on the top of my list.

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Carl went and got a hotel room with a view (just kidding Carl),

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– and asked if I wanted to come on over – I remained aboard in luxury accommodations (the shelter, a roof) to enjoy the ‘Marina life.’  I slept great – talked to Don Cook (the boat-rower) until midnight I think, and funny too because Carl said that he tossed and turned all night in that big fancy bed – in the 17 days he had been aboard he never had an ounce of trouble sleeping – finally gets a big fancy bed and rolls up in the sheets like his tent in the wind at Cape Girardeau.….

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We took a walk to Beale St around lunch time, ate and listened to some ‘Blues,’ then walked to a few other establishments and generally just walked around downtown Memphis at 95 degrees!, Hot – fun and neat, but with clean laundry I’m ready to get back on the river where its a bit cooler than cement – but the electric trolley’s are really neat too.

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Carls been a big help in the acclimation process of the river, he’s met his goals and is eager to get home and still have time to manage his construction project – his assistance will be missed, its hard to find a conscientious shipmate that will run out on the front of the boat and give me a depth ‘mark’ (where the ‘Mark Twain’ name came from) when approaching landfall – he fit in well and enjoyed it all to the max, as I knew he would.  Thanks Carl

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So I’m solo, 200 miles to the next expected fuel depot (Greenville, Ms) communications may be sparse, if any, so like that guy in the rowboat ahead of me – we’re still just goin down the river…. I will be back when the electronics and river allows.

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Next day, Day 20 – Memphis to Old Town Dikes

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