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Day 2 Pebble Isle to Clifton TN

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 so the water could only go down the other side. Watching the depth sounder we could see that the dike is still there under the water in the main channel. The Clifton Marina is all new and very good. It is right beside the river and built to withstand a 500 year flood (27 feet above summer pool) with hugh long poles that go high into the air and anchor the docks. The VP Operations from Quimby's was at the marina and we got talking about marinas. I demonstrated our "What to Expect Cruising America's Great Loop" and he bought a copy.  He made a good case for advertising in the 2007 Directory. They distribute 8,000 copies per year. He then drove us to town. After a short walk some boaters picked us up in the courtesy car and we shopped, visited the home of Pulizer prize author T.S. Stribling (see photo) and drove back to the marina. The wireless won't connect here and there is no Verizon service at all so this post will have to wait. Tomorrow I will use the courtesy car to attend the Clifton Rotary breakfast club and then set out 56 miles for Grand Harbor Marina on Pickwick Lake.

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