Why Is the Engine Coughing?

maria | October 18, 2013 | COMMENTS:1 Comment »
The remains of a railroad bridge and dock. The town they belonged to was flooded when Kentucky Dam was built.

The remains of a railroad bridge and dock. The town they belonged to was flooded when Kentucky Dam was built.

Beginning Location: Paris Landing State Park, Buchanan, TN
Ending Location: New Johnsonville, TN
Miles Traveled: 30
Stayed at: Pebble Isle Marina ($30)

Today we left as soon as the fog had burned off, intending to travel 45 miles or so. The weather is really starting to get cold. During the day the sun heats everything up to the mid-60s or so, but as soon as the sun goes down, it gets cold quickly. The nights have been in the low 40s or even the high 30s. This is pretty tough on us, traveling in a poorly insulated boat. It’s also the perfect recipe for fog – cold air on warm river water. We need to hurry South to stay reasonably warm.

Unfortunately, our plans had to change a bit. Back at Green Turtle Bay we had some routine maintenance done including an oil change and fuel filter change. Ever since then, we’ve been getting a bit of air into the fuel filters. We’re both pretty clueless about these types of engine issues, so we decided to pull into Pebble Isle marina to have a mechanic look at the filters. We were there in time for a late lunch and the mechanic was waiting for us at the dock. He removed our primary (Racor) fuel filter and re-sealed it. He also showed us how to bleed air out of the system more completely than we had been doing. Hoping the issue was resolved, we pulled into a slip for the night.

New Johnsonville is home to the Johnsonville State Historic Park, a prominent Civil War supply center for the Union. We took a walk over the park and learned a bit more about the area. After that we had another really good dinner at Pebble Isle’s restaurant. With our little heater cranking, we slept pretty comfortably.

Fog in a creek

Fog in a creek

White pelicans. A good sign!

White pelicans. A good sign!

Category: On the Move

One Response

  1. Tom & V Bridges says:

    When we were there in 2010 we were caught in an afternoon thunderstorm while we went under the old railroad bridge. The wind went up to 72 MPH, shredded our Bimini top and blew us back through the bridge. We stopped at Paris Landing overnight to lick our wounds.