Here are the Blogs in the Tennessee River Cruise 2006 category.
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Wednesday, 25 October 2006
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The Tennessee River is one of the most popular side trips taken by cruisers on America's Great Loop. This blog was recorded by Bob and Mavis as they set out from Kenlake Marina on September 18, 2006 to cruise the 650 mile length of the Tennessee River at Knoxville, TN.  Click here to start at the beginning. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/25/2006 9:24 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 24 October 2006
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Another cold day with ice and frost on the boat and docks. However, the sun was out and with the heat on it was beautiful cruising. We filled up with diesel and pumped out the holding tank for the winter before leaving Pebble Isle Marina around 9:15. Today we saw many more migrating birds resting on ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/24/2006 4:39 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 23 October 2006
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It was cold overnight. The docks had ice on them this morning with a dock temperature of 29 even though the water a few inches below was 58. Mavis had fun sliding down the ramp after a trip up to see if there was fog on the river. There was a little fog but nothing to hold us back and we were underway ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2006 5:18 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 22 October 2006
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The weather has turned cold and a north wind was blowing at 15-20 mph throughout the trip. As we left Yellow Creek and joined the Tennessee a large tow, "Melvin King" was heading for the Pickwick lock. This can be bad news as commercial boats get priority. However, 6 miles from the lock Melvin King ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/22/2006 5:13 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 22 October 2006
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We left at 7:15am with 5 other boats for the lock at Wheeler and then the Wilson Lock. Wilson was badly damaged a few months ago and is being rebuilt. As a result only the auxiliary lock is being used. It can only accomodate one barge at a time and has a double lift so it can take a whole day to get ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/22/2006 2:23 AM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 21 October 2006
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The weather was cold but the bus was warm that took us to Huntsville. We toured the Space Museum (looking pretty tired after all these years), the Botanical Garden, enjoyed a lunch concert (violin, harmonica & guitar), drove around downtown and the historic district, went to the art gallery, and had ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/21/2006 3:38 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 20 October 2006
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It poured rain almost all day today, canceling the dingy race, and much of the boat open houses. This morning we heard a talk on cruising to the Bahamas by Skipper Bob, and then we learned about cruising the canals in France. I spent an hour on another 36 ft Grand Banks, "Room With A View" (4th boat ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/20/2006 2:56 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 19 October 2006
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We awoke to thick fog. The morning was devoted to talks on crossing the Gulf of Mexico and cruising around Florida. Lack of marina facilities for transient boaters is the major issue in Florida as many marinas are being converted to private docks at condominiums. In the afternoon I toured several boats ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/19/2006 2:42 AM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 18 October 2006
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It rained just about all night and this morning it was foggy and dismal. The conference opened with all the people currently doing the loop introducing themselves and talking about how they were doing the loop and some of the things they have seen and done. Many gave advice to those that were thinking ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/18/2006 3:02 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 17 October 2006
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Today was a quiet day getting prepared for the rendezvous events. We stuffed bags with brochures and give-aways. Our friends Bob and Gail came through on their way home from a Antique and Classic Boat Society event at Pickwick trailing their Chris Craft behind their new RV (see photo). Bob returned ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/17/2006 1:51 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 17 October 2006
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This was the first official day of the rendezvous. The weather was terrible with rain and wind all day, but since all events were inside it was not a problem. I spent all morning demonstrating our CD-ROM program "What to Expect Cruising America's Great Loop" to attendees as they lined up to register ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/17/2006 2:33 AM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 14 October 2006
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Mike and Valli on Sanctuary filled us in on the action at the dock last night while we were at the movie. It seems that crowds of people kept coming and going from two tiny houseboats on our dock with curtains on every window. One person even delivered small packages to cars that would drive by. We ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/14/2006 5:57 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 13 October 2006
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Another beautiful day and it is Mavis' birthday. We were out at 7:45 and before long were passed by Bob & Evelyn. They are the fastest loopers we have seen yet. I guess after thousands of miles in canoes it is time to speed things up a bit. Bob is battling a rare form of cancer and is interested in ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/13/2006 10:53 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 12 October 2006
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We left early before 8:00 and were through the Nickajack Lock by 9:00AM. The rest of the cruise was easy and we were into Goose Pond at 1:30PM. We met a very interesting couple of emergency room MDs from New Hampshire on the dock. They are cruising the Great Loop in a fast outboard powered aluminum ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/12/2006 9:44 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 11 October 2006
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Last night we had a wonderful dinner at Bob and Gail's house which is right beside the Gold Point Yacht Harbor. Gold Point is a very well designed and built facility in a park like setting. It is mainly occupied by Carver and SeaRay cruisers sold by Erwin Marine Sales. They also own the huge Chickamauga ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/11/2006 2:05 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 10 October 2006
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This has been an easy day with just 16 miles of cruising and no locks. We are tied up at Gold Point Marina just above the Chickamauga Lock. Before leaving Shady Grove we used the marina van to go shopping in Soddy Daisy and stocked up for the rest of the trip. At one time on Chickamauga Lake many people ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/10/2006 8:01 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 9 October 2006
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Check the photo; you would think we were in Antarctica. We got up in thick fog and we could not leave until 8:30. Looking back the fog was still thick in places on the shoreline of Watts Bar Lake. It was a beautiful sight with the sun coming up behind the fog. We were through the Watts Bar Lock with ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/09/2006 6:23 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 9 October 2006
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The Fort Loudon lock is used so little that it doesn't open until 9:00AM. The marina is right at the lock so we waited until close to 9:00 and were at the lock at 9:00AM. The lockmaster said we would have to wait 20 minutes before he could open the lock. We were the only boat through and were out by ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/09/2006 4:17 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 9 October 2006
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The rain ended around mid-night and the rest of the night was quiet. We left at 7:30AM at first light and had a short cruise back to Fort Loudon Marina. We left the boat there and drove to Nashville to attend a patron party for our neighborhood home tour. On Saturday we were docents in one of the homes ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/09/2006 4:14 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 6 October 2006
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Today's cruise was short, just 12 miles. We used the rest of the day to visit historic towns on the route that we were not able to visit by boat due to time constraints. I wanted photos of these places for our next CD project "What to Expect Cruising the Tennessee River".  We went to Kingston and Dayton. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/06/2006 1:15 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 5 October 2006
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We were ready to headdownstream at 7:30AM but there was thick fog over all of East Tennessee. We finally got going about 9:30 when it cleared up a little, but it wasn't until 1120 that the fog lifted completely. At that point we were able to see the wall to wall mansions along the river clearly and ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/05/2006 1:36 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 3 October 2006
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In checking my course plan I found that I could attend the Knoxville Rotary Club at the Mariott Hotel. The hotel was just up the hill beside the marina so I decided to attend. The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame was beside the hotel so out of curiosity I visited the Hall before Rotary. It has been open ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/03/2006 7:26 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 3 October 2006
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We made our goal today; 602 miles, 15 days from Aurora KY to Knoxville. For 14 days we have bucked 1-2.5 mph current. Heading back we will travel as much as 67% faster with the engine going the same speed. The river today is lined for miles with hugh mansions on both sides (see photo). Most appear less ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/03/2006 1:53 AM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 1 October 2006
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After we got the filters I spent 2 hours installing them but could not bleed the lines and found no fuel was getting to the engine. I gave up at 8:00PM and we had dinner at the restaurant at the marina. It rained overnight and I had to get up to put up the flybridge cover. That rain was not in the forecast. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/01/2006 6:53 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 30 September 2006
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Day 13 was the day for things to go wrong. Around noon the engine suddenly slowed down then came back up to speed. It would do it every 15 minutes or so. We were still 10 miles below the lock and another 10 miles to the Euchee marina. A brand new 48 ft Krogen had joined us at the Hiwassee River so we ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/30/2006 9:15 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 29 September 2006
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It is still dark at 7:00AM so we didn't get away until after 8:00. We are now cruising new waters for us as we cruised to Chattanooga in 2000. The locks are much smaller now and so far there have been no tows. One reason is the TVA generator at Sequoyah is nuclear so no coal is required.Chickamauga ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/29/2006 6:48 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 28 September 2006
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We used a weather day to stay in Chattanooga another day. The weather was unsettled all day with rain off and on. We climbed the mountain to the city 3 times today. The first time was to visit the north side of the river which has been restored with lots of shops, restaurants, and a carousel. We had ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/28/2006 6:48 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 27 September 2006
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The weather was perfect today and the Grand Canyon of the Tennessee was beautiful. The photo was taken just below the pumped storage facility on Raccoon Mountain. The major disappointment at Chattanooga was the fact that the new docks are cutoff from the aquarium due to construction on a bridge that ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/27/2006 6:20 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 26 September 2006
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We were ready to go at 7:00AM but found thick fog at the marina. After about an hour it started to lift and we left shortly after 8:00. The route goes northeast between mountains on both sides of the river and is beautiful. This was wildlife viewing day. At Bellefonte Island we saw an otter on the bank ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/26/2006 6:41 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 25 September 2006
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The cold front moved past and today was perfect; cool and sunny. We had a short 23 mile cruise to Goose Pond Colony Marina near Scottsboro (rather than Jackson Country Park) and arrived by 11:00AM. This is a first class facility with a very friendly staff. We cleaned up the boat and I worked on the ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/25/2006 6:06 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 24 September 2006
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It rained just about all night. Today was cloudy all the way until we were docked at Alred Marina. Then the sun came out. There was just one lock today but overall the cruise took 7.5 hours to go 52 miles. We bucked a 2-2.5 mph current for most of the way. We borrowed the courtesy van and went into ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/24/2006 6:40 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 23 September 2006
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Just one lock today at the Wheeler Dam. We set out in in a partly cloudy sky that threatened rain all day (see photo). I learned that it's not a good idea to call this lockmaster on the cell phone. I called to see when we might get up. He chewed me out wondering why I didn't use the VHF Radio. Then ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/23/2006 6:10 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 23 September 2006
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I was up a 7:00 and called the Wilson lockmaster to see when we could go up. She said she could take us in 3 hours but we should head over in 2 hours. We got there at 10:30 and were finally through at 11:30. A total of 4.5 hours with about 1 hour drifting around. It is just 5 miles to Turtle Point. ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/23/2006 1:48 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 22 September 2006
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It turned out that the yacht "Bullish" also belongs to the new owner of Grand Harbor a David Woods from Jackson TN. His daughter was working in the marina store. I gave her a demo of our CD-ROM and this afternoon we learned they are going to carry it at the store.  The diver did not return the phone ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/22/2006 2:03 AM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 20 September 2006
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I was up at 6:00 to make the Rotary Club meeting at 7:00AM. The fog was so thick on the river you couldn't see more than a few feet. The Clifton Rotary has just 22 members. They were all worn out after having entertained 20,000 people at their  3 day Horseshoe Bend Fall Fair last weekend. They had concerts, ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/20/2006 8:23 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 20 September 2006
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The weather was perfect today with hardly a cloud in the sky. We cruised up river 63 miles in 7.4 hours. The river is now much narrower at only a few hundred yards wide. Nearing Clifton you go past Beech Creek Island. In the 1930s before Kentucky Dam was built the locals built a dike across to the island ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/20/2006 3:40 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 18 September 2006
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We had a great weekend at Kenlake getting the boat ready for the trip. We also visited the Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes for the first time. Homeplace is a recreation of an 1850's farm. It was fall fair weekend so there were a number of interesting exhibits including an ambrotype photographer. ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/18/2006 8:39 AM by Bob Duthie
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