Wednesday, August 31: Hubby has checked and rechecked the weather and water stage for out favorite spot on the Mississippi River. It’s all clear and clear that we need to make a trip! We have a place on private property neat the Dorena -Hickman Ferry we really enjoy.
Most of the day was spent loading the camper, we managed to leave about 5 PM, well aware we would arrive after dark.
One stop for gas and a few groceries and one farther down the road at Love’s truck stop in Sikeston for fried chicken (dinner) and Dunkin Donuts got us to our destination about 8:30 PM. Not a problem this trip, since we have the camper and do not have to put up a tent in the dark.
When we pulled up near the ferry landing, a large van was sitting at the ferry loading ramp. A uniformed man got out and came over to the truck. He showed us his badge and credentials and asked “When will the ferry run?” Taking a few moments to explain he was driving a Federal Prison Transport and GPS had brought him there as the shortest route to his destination.
Sadly, we had to explain that the ferry would not be there until around 7 AM and gave him directions to the nearest bridge.
We pulled into ‘our’ spot, did some quick unloading and went to bed.
Rising early, we set up the outdoor cooking area, canopy and got things organized for our weekend. A few minutes after 7, as we are enjoying a cup of coffee and Hubby prepares to go fishing, the ferry pulls in to let off the first passengers of the day. As usual, they blast off the horn to let those waiting know they have arrived.
We hear the loudspeaker, Capt. Jeremy and the deck hand greet us with a hearty hello and the question “What’s for breakfast?” Prompted, no doubt, by the fact that usually we send food down to the boat. They often send us some oft he Asian Carp the land on the boat to use for bait.
Egg sandwiches were delivered to the crew on their next run.