Originally Posted by Sleepy
We are thinking about heading upstream from Mobile Bay into the Tenn-Tom and perhaps further. Two reasons: 1) to explore that water and the sights along the way and 2) to escape the gulf coast during hurricane season. In fact, the thought is to head out if there is a hurricane projected to hit our marina.
Obviously this is the opposite direction most loopers follow. Our boat can do 10kts and we know all about locking through. We know there is a good amount of tug and barge traffic to deal with. We don't know if the cruising and sights along the way will be worth fighting the current.
Is this a dumb idea???
Wifey B: Nice pleasant cruise. Demopolis is really the first place to enjoy time if you spend it there, but some other decent towns along the way, such as Columbus. Then great waters if you make it to Bay Springs and on to Lake Pickwick.
No problem going the wrong way except when snows melting or flooding sending debris down, but that's typically early spring and not every year.
As to cruising and sights, most don't look at them and they are much the same for many miles, but there's a lot of nice secluded scenery as a contrast to what you see on either end.
As to hurricane escape, timing is everything. Locks will start closing at some point in the event of a storm.