Tuesday, August 16
To Mile 256, Florence, Alabama. Lots of towboat traffic during the night, but none during the day. Almost no traffic. Anchored
just outside of river channel near marina and city park. Walked downtown Florence.
Wednesday, August 17
To Mile 308. Went through two locks, the first was the big 93 foot lift Wilson lock. I had to wait an hour for the next
lock, a tow was going through it. Anchored off river behind island. There are not very many good anchorages in this stretch
|Wilson lock gates closing
Thursday, August 18
To Mile 350. Got 34 gallons gas at Ditto Landing marina. Had to wait an hour for the lock, a thunderstorm hit while an
upstream boat was getting ready to enter lock, they had to wait until the storm passed. Anchored in beautiful harbor off Lake
Guntersville. Nice big hills and trees all around.
Friday, August 19
To Mile 382. Stopped in Guntersville. I couldn’t figure out why Guntersville Marina was not listed in new guide,
it was right downtown. I found out why, the marina no longer exists. I anchored in the harbor, and walked downtown, only a
few blocks. I walked at least a mile, and couldn’t find a grocery store. I had a lousy lunch at one of the only restaurants
downtown. I picked up anchor and headed on to a side creek near Scottsboro, at the county park and marina. I found a grocery
store about two miles away.
Saturday, August 20.
To Mile 427. Another hot day, I can’t remember the last day that it didn’t get over 90. The weatherman says
it should cool down a bit by Monday, highs in the mid 80‘s, and not as humid. Not too much weekend boaters, mainly small
fast fishing boats. Gundersville Lake is pretty at first, but then gets a bit monotonous, it is almost straight NW after the
first 10 miles. Went through Nickejack Lock, the mountains are starting to get a bit more impressive. Anchored in nice bay
with cliffs nearby.