Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Mar 21, Wednesday, Kentucky Lake Disaster Update Rare Photo

We summarized the engine and took the Katy Leigh out the past Sunday and got a good look at the gap in the bridge from the north side. In looking through the gap it occurred to me that this view has never been possible until now. The bridge was built 77 years ago in 1935 to cross the Tennessee River. 

The view before the bridge was built would not be the same as it is today since the water level was much lower. 

The bridge was raised in 1943 in preparation for the rising water from Kentucky Dam about 1945. Accordingly the photo below could be the first photo ever of the view through the gap. It may be the only photo as when the span is replaced soon this view will not be possible.

Posted on 03/21/2012 4:03 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 11 March 2012
Mar 10, Saturday, Kentucky Lake Disaster Update

We got back Monday. Thursday it rained all day. I took the View into Cullum and Maxie, our Winnebago Dealer, to get the radio antennae a trip ripped off in St. Petersburg, replaced along with a number of other small maintenance items. Friday afternoon we drove to Murray, put the View away in the shed, and drove the car to our marina. The Katy Leigh was summerized quickly without difficulty.  Our good friend Brandon was beside us on Billaboat. It didn't take long to discover all the stuff we forgot to bring. Like my computer that was left on the motorhome. We went back today and got the stuff we forgot, took the view to the carwash and saw a the movie, Iron Lady, at the Cheri Theater while the crew worked on the View. Then it was back to the shed, to drop of the View and get the car and go back to the boat. Of course we forgot stuff we bought in Murray and left it on the View. It was a beautiful day and we headed out on Billaboat to see the bridge with its missing span. The Governor was here last week to announce that the missing span will be replaced. They found all the original drawings and let a $7 million contract to replace the span no later than this coming Memorial Day weekend. It seems that the ferry idea would not work. There are 2,400 vehicles per day and the ferry can only handle 40 vehicles per hour. Given these numbers the waiting line at the end of the first day would be 6 miles long. Clearly not practical.  

I learned that the ship was repaired in Paducah in 2 days and that most of the damage was to its bow handrails. The Governor said the shipping company is suing the state since at least one bridge light was not working. He said in law a good offence is the best defense.  I doubt if the shipping company will win that one. The Coast Guard has now installed 4 new channel buoys marking the main channel.  Formerly there were only 2 red buoys each ¼ mile or so from the bridge. It is interesting to note in the close up there are only 5 horizontal rods holding the span from sliding off the bearings. Apparently it doesn't take much to knock a span off the abutments on these old bridges.

Posted on 03/11/2012 3:34 AM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Mar 1-5 Torrey State Park to Live Oak Landing, Freeport FL

Live Oaks Landing Party Room

Since Thursday we are at a new park, Live Oak Landing, near Freeport.  There are 50 motorhomes here just like ours. Many of the people we have met before at similar events. It is much like boating rendezvous with pot luck dinners, presentations, and tours of each others' units.  The park has a beautiful party room with a screened in porch for cooking and a large meeting room with teak tables and chairs. Monday we head for Nashville.

Start at the beginning of Florida Loop 2012

Posted on 03/03/2012 9:30 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 1 March 2012
Low Cost Vacation Property in Florida

This property was spotted near Live Oaks Landing. Questions you will want to ask before visiting.

  1. How many bedrooms does it have?
  2. Is it on the beach?
  3. Does the owner live on the property?
  4. Is the nice sign included in the deal?
  5. Are the alligators included?
Posted on 03/01/2012 9:21 PM by Bob Duthie
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