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tl;dr: Going down the Tombigbee, but the locks kill all current. The locks also enable the shores to be swamps.

Today I ran out of beach. It happened someplace below the Glover Wilkins Lock and Dam, and after the Tombigbee River joined up with the Waterway. Now the banks are a sort of swampy muck. I hope it doesn't stay that way.

With all of these locks, I am technically going downstream. With all of these locks there is no current. This is slowing me down a little. I am now working out my route based on only thirty miles per day.

Almost the entire day I didn't see a heron. But I saw a pile of egrets. They are hard to get close to, though.

To avoid the Aberdeen Lock and Dam I portaged above Aberdeen to get on the old Tombigbee River. This also gave me the best access to Aberdeeen where I will hide my kayak in the woods again and stop for a few days.

It seems a waste of a good weekend to stop on Saturday, but when I called the near-the-river hotel in the next town of Columbus, the proprieter didn't understand English and answered every question with "Yes, this is the Plaza Motel" and hung up on me. The next stop after that wouldn't be for 130 miles.

some portages are challenging

portage residue

Glover Wilkins Lock and Dam

Tombigbee River junction



getting swampy


mud and silt


old Tombigbee River

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