Thursday, March 9th we finally passed through Heflin Lock. The lockmaster told us he was relieved that we’d decided not to anchor where we’d originally planned, and apologized for being unable to offer that advice over the radio.
An interesting practice we noticed along the Tenn/Tom was that daymarkers (navigational aids) were frequently attached to trees. Even dead trees.
The sandy banks we’d been used to gave way to cliffs of white limestone a couple of times this day.
A sure sign that we were making Southerly progress was the appearance of Spanish moss on some trees.
We also started seeing more coal barges.
We stopped early for the night at Kingfisher Marina in Demopolis, AL. This marina had covered slips, washer and dryer, and a free courtesy car which allowed us to go into town to replenish supplies.
On Day 8, we’d traveled 50 nautical miles, for a trip total of 431 miles.
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