Day 26 With help, We’re bac !

Previous Day


Things are looking up – will write more later (got to go work on it); its not the engines compression but likely the oiler…… awesome!….


Stuck under a bridge tormenting the trolls, it just wasn’t suppose to end this way – and its not going to, it was tough yesterday thinking it might end – even though I could find and live with the positives in it all, I really wasn’t ready to get off the river.

Sometimes it takes a little extra ‘push,’ I had no idea where that would come from – and with that David Campbell of Natchez, his mechanic friend Kent (Miss-Lou Marine in Vadalia), bro-in-law Richard/Janis and all others I know were pulling for us – helped us to understand what the little motor was telling us…………….



any automobile doing the same thing would be the end – but when I saw the compression readings of 120 – it was a great feeling, it wasn’t what I thought.  Evidently the oiler was dumping all the oil through the motor, so much that it wouldn’t/couldn’t run – fix; bypass and disconnect the oiler, mix the fuel directly, and pick up a couple new sets of plugs (several sets).

The ‘extra-push’ really summed up everything I had learned about the folks along the Mississippi River, someone always seemed interested and willing to ‘step-up’ and lend that extra-push, with a smile.      Thank you.

It was also an opportunity to take it out of the water and check for damage from that wing-dam scrape below Cairo at the end of Day 14 (which had been bothering me), all was fine – I was relieved.


Thanks Richard Mayes for driving all that way in the heat, and Mr David Campbell for your persistence and patience with a stranger – this became from about the worst to about the finest moment (and feeling) of the entire trip.

ok, so with this post – Patrick (crew), myself, and “Wilson” are headed back down the river towards Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville, and New Orleans – maybe further.

We have clean clothes and a renewed feeling of appreciation with folks along the river, thats saying it mildly……………

Next post, Day 27 – to Profit Island

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jill
    Jun 22, 2009 @ 12:11:22

    sending you MOJO Tom “sawyer” haynie

  2. sunday
    Jun 22, 2009 @ 13:01:27

    oh yay!!!! keep going…Worth and I are rooting for you!

  3. Kristi
    Jun 22, 2009 @ 14:09:43

    You and the Bird “Git r Done” already!
    Alot of people “Birders” are with every wave of the way. 🙂

  4. elaine
    Jun 22, 2009 @ 17:46:47

    got another “bird watcher” Got your 2nd wind…thinking of ya…& prayin’

  5. Tom Haynie
    Jun 22, 2009 @ 18:43:22

    What was it Gomer Pyle said – thankyou, thankyou – (and then some thing else)

    Small signal in one of the best coves yet – great day, so this is a short one, thanks jill, and Mammy (?) – the Mojo worked – awesome…..

    me and the skeeters tonight – but tonight its like spring water…

  6. Jim
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 06:05:16

    I was hoping the motor was fixable. We are rooting for you from Michigan….

  7. Nora
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 06:07:16

    I am so happy you are moving on. Be safe and take care.

  8. John Flinchum
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 06:16:50

    We are really excited that Freebird is motoring again ! The Freebird transporter is safe and sound. Enjoy the rest of the journey.

  9. Jessica "Haynie" Carr
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 07:54:24

    ALLLLL RIGHTY!!!!! Thats what I like to hear.

  10. Rick Emory
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 09:39:21

    man what luck! looks like you broke down at the best spot possible. very fortunate to have these guys nearby to help. just goes to show- NEVER GIVE UP!
    paddle on~

  11. Tom & Hollie
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 14:53:46

    Hi Tom, French Quarters here, sounds like you are going to make it!!! hope all went well with that motor work. good luck & say hi to Carl

  12. Kim
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 19:22:10

    Glad your back on the river- those waves keep calling- Old Man River

  13. Mike S.
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 12:25:09


    Great to see that you’ve got your goal in sight. I’m sure you do have a lot of different emotions at point: excitement and relief to be able to continue the trip must be mixed with a level of fatigue at this point. But all in all you’ve got to feel pretty good at this point about what you’ve accomplished. What an amazing adventure. Thumbs up!

    P.S. Is Wilson still with you?

  14. Mike S.
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 10:09:52

    Looks like you’ll be in the Big Easy by nightfall, tomorrow at latest. Congratulations! What a ride. Just try to avoid becoming a pinball between all those barges, ships, tows, etc. Make sure to get some beads.

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