Beginning Location: Kaskaskia River
Ending Location: Little Diversion Canal near Cape Girardeau, MO
Miles Traveled: 65
Stayed at: Peaceful canal anchorage off the Mississippi
The Mississippi River is all about commerce. Barges full on anything you can imagine travel up and down, back and forth. Because we are little and want to stay as far away from them as possible, we listen to the towboat working channel on the VHF radio. Most of the towboat captains have very thick Southern accents and are hilarious to listen to.
Here’s an example of their unique language. The phrase, “Where you gittin’?” or “Where you gittin’ to?” seems to have two possible meanings. It is used to ask “Where are you now?” and might be answered by “I’m just round about here comin’ up Dago Point” (a real example). It might also mean “Where is your ultimate destination?” in which case it could be answered, “I’m gonna round the point and head up the Oho” (Ohio River to the rest of us).
Our second day on the Mississippi, we didn’t try to get as many miles in because we wanted to stop at the Little Diversion Canal, 65 miles from where we started the morning. This is a nice place to turn off the river into a very quiet and protected anchorage to get a good night’s sleep. We got there by 3pm, which was great because we barely beat a huge thunderstorm!
Our anchor never budged from the sticky Mississippi mud and we rode out the storm and had a quiet night.