Day 17

Left Bay Springs Marina this morning after the fog cleared (see below), and called the lock master at the Jamie Whitten lock. He had the lock open for me on arrival, and he called ahead to the Montgomery lock. When I was leaving there, the lock master asked how long will it would take me to get to the next lock, and I told him 3 hours in this window. He called ahead to the John Rankin lock, which was a longer run. When I got close to the Rankin lock, the lock master was busy but held the lock open to run me through. He was a navy Vet, and I had a great conversation with him. All the lock masters thanked me for what I was doing for vets and the Rankin lock master wrote down my website.  These guys treated me like gold, and I want to thank them all for inspiring me today. After leaving Rankin I had to run 5 more miles to get my 20 miles goal in today. Now I am at my new home for the night.

Fun Fact: When I left Chattanooga I was around 800 feet above sea level, and now I am around 270 feet above sea level.

I have paddled 308.8 miles so far on my incredible journey.

Living the dream
GO TEAM RIVER RUNNER

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Camp last night at Bay Springs Marina

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This morning at Bay Springs
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Whitten Lock
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Whitten Lock

 

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Whitten Lock
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Montgomery Lock
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Montgomery Lock
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Montgomery Lock

Video passing thru Montgomery Lock:

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Welcome to my new home in Mississippi!

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