Dennis and Kathy arrived on monday and we had a quiet day so we could head down to Memphis in their rental car on tuesday. We got away at 8.00am and drove the 3 1/2 hours to Gracelands to see Elvis' "house". Carolyn had a real good time but (sorry Elvis fans) I found the whole experience morbid and rather tacky.
When we got back on Saturday night, most the Loopers were gone and the transient slips were near empty. There was a lock closure for repairs on the Mississippi last week (Lock 27) and all the Loopers upstream have been held up waiting for it to re-open and the backlog of tows to clear. We took a trip to the liquor store in Paducah 20 miles north, as GTB is in a dry county as is the rest of the state to the south between here and the Tennessee border.
The next day the rest of the Loopers left, so we went for a tutu into Kentucky Lake to Pisgah Bay about 6 miles downstream, and there they all were! (a bunch of them, anyway). We returned to the solitude of the empty GTB docks that evening.
So here we are back with the turtles. Dennis and Kathy left yesterday for Chicago and Route 66 and we have decided to stay on a week while the sale of Carolyn's Kindy goes through settlement. Right here is the best WiFi we have had to date so we can keep in touch with proceedings until it's all over on friday. The vanguard of the next bunch of Loopers began arriving last night and more are expected today.
We might spend a few days relaxing a bit.