Our friends Milton and Julie left us on Tuesday and prior to that our other Looper buds Carey and Keri had only been able to visit a short time. Carey is a terribly interesting fellow. He worked for Trojan BOATS (not the other thing, filthy mind!) a boat manufacturing company for a time as well as Chrysler Motors. We were having a discussion about our diesel engines one evening and he came up with a great example of torque. You have all heard of this measurement of power but not all of us know what this measurement actually is. In Carey’s terms, it is the energy required to break the seal of a stuck jar of pickles. Horsepower is how you measure how fast you open it once the seal is broken.
There is a tropical depression forming in the Gulf that is expected to form into a hurricane so here we sit, probably till the middle of next week.
At 7:30 Julie emerged from the forward stateroom and when asked how she slept, the title of this post was her response. These 2 folks are full of these gems. Last night while pouring his last bourbon for the night, Milton was asked if he was having a good time. “I haven’t had this much fun since the pigs ate my baby brother”. It’s gonna be different without these guys on board for entertainment.
Listening to favorite songs last night and Julie came up with a winner.
Today (Wednesday) was spent on maintenance and chores. The Schaeffers left at 9 so by 10 I was in the engine room changing the oil and filters on the 2 main engines and the generator, a 3 hour task. Not terribly difficult as there is a pump that is connected to all 3 diesel engines which allows me to draw the spent oil out of each engine and then also fills each engine. Not very fast. It could/would go faster if the oil was warm. Problem is, that would mean the engines would be warm too. Warm engine rooms are a bit above 100 degrees. So there I sit, in the confines of my engine room waiting for the engines to drain 12 gallons of oil and then refill 12 gallons of oil. Should not have to deal with that task again for awhile. The “Cummins Whisperer” recommends 200 operating hours between oil changes on the main engines and 100 on the generator. We took on 250 gallons of fuel upon our arrival and I just added 100 gallons of fresh water to our water tanks.
Debbie spent the day stripping the beds and remaking them.
After I finished with the 3 hour task in the engine room I was in dire need of a shower so I went to the laundry room which also had showers. Started 2 loads, took a shower and while waiting for the drying cycle read up on Jack Reacher as he kicked ass across the West.
When all the chores were finished we just relaxed the remainder of the day.
We picked up Milton and Julie on Thursday at Pickwick State Park, just a stones throw from where we were docked at Aqua Yacht Marina in Iuka, MS. A short drive to Shiloh National Park for a very informative tour by Milton. An early battle in the Civil War which left 24,000 dead in 2 days of fighting. An interesting footnote to the Civil War, more soldiers died from toothaches becoming septic than gunshot wounds.
We got underway around noon on Friday after our brief driving tour of Shiloh Park. The first 30 miles were in a straight, rock lined ditch. Not terribly scenic.
Our first Lock was the Whitten Lock and Dam with a 84 foot drop.
At this point we have traveled 357 miles. We refueled upon our arrival yesterday with 216 gallons. Before bedtime we would run the generator for a couple of hours to recharge the batteries and run it again for a bit in the morning to make coffee and heat the boat as mornings have been a bit cool. Even with running the genset twice daily we are averaging 1.65 miles per gallon. Frankly, that’s pretty darn good for a boat that weighs 40,000 pounds or 20 tons. I attribute this to the rebuilt fuel injectors and having the valves and throttles adjusted. Our engine advisor is a fella by the name of Chris Harden, The “Cummins Whisperer”
Long day, 91 miles to Owensboro, Ky. Ya know, if they ever straighten out the Ohio River…
Most of the day was rather gloomy, overcast, no sun and a lot of wind. White caps even. Fortunately very uneventful. Approaching the Cannelton Lock and Dam we noticed there were 3 tow arrays (barges) in front of us but the lock master informed us there were only 3 fishing boats in the auxiliary chamber and they were gonna wait for us.