Morgan City has a long river history with the Atchafalaya. This river carries at times up to 50% of the water from the Mississippi. The 2011 record snow melt tested the flood walls that protect the town.
Rita Mae's, the name says it all, you just will not find better food anywhere in LA. Maybe just as good but not better.
This is a section of the old flood wall and the previous flood marks noted on the wall, the new flood wall is just behind.
The lock opens on the other end as we near, do not even have to slow down
This Juvenile Eagle looks like he has already had his breakfast. The Admiral says it takes 3 years for them to get their adult colors.
Here a full adult Eagle sits Majestically, We spotted at least 30 or more Eagles who migrate here during the winter to the area between Morgan City and Houma.
The Bayou Dularge bridge opened for us about 1220hrs. Lots of traffic had to stop to allow us to pass.
I asked the Admiral to take a pic of this perfect ICW boat!
Here we are between the twin bridges at the Houma City docks, a small bayou just off the ICW, our Bow is about 50 yards from the intersection. We could not get any further in due to the depth.
This leg involved lots of planning since the guidebooks listed lots of warnings about current, locks, bridges. Our routine has become to rise at 0530, have the engine running by 0630, and try to leave no later than 0700. The Admiral was a bit anxious so we spent extra time going over the route, charts and comments in the guides. From this point forward the Admiral is 50/50 in the navigation and research in planning the next leg of every trip. She has become equal in chart reading and interpreting all the information available, in addition she googles the blogs of those who have traveled this way before us and she gleans information not available in the guides. This information adds to our backup plans in the event something prevents us from reaching our planned destination we have a handy backup or Plan B agreed upon. We had a lot of help from tows this leg. One Tow was amazed to see a sailboat had AIS on board...I told him "Don't Leave home without it!". Another tow remarked " I wish the shrimpers had it", another commented, "I wish the damn shrimpers would just answer their radios".
The fender boards that I made prior to leaving Corpus were essential here since your boat rest up against pilings. We now have at least one fender board ready at all times with two fenders permanently attached at the ready. Tows pass by the Morgan City docks all night so the wake can test your sleep. We are pretty used to rolling a bit but one around 0400 woke the Admiral and she was sure we had drifted off our moorings and we had hit something. She announces this by hitting me in the chest and making sure I was on full alert as I bang my head getting out of the berth and I jump up in the cockpit to see nothing, the Tow or whatever it was was long gone by the time the wake hit.
Day 17 & 18 Morgan City to Houma
underway 5:50hrs., 34.5 Km., avg. speed 5.9 Kts., 10-15 N winds, 45 degrees & cloudy.