It’s not just us. Lots of Loopers spend a full week at Green Turtle Bay (Kentucky) because it’s the most well-equipped marina between Chicago and Mobile, Ala. (We left that marina days ago but we’re still nearby.) The inland river section of The Great Loop is about 1,200 miles long, and we’ve traveled about half of it. So we deserve a respite.
It still feels odd to sit still this long. Good, but odd. After more than two months under way, I still wake up wondering what decisions need to be made this morning and where we should go next.
The best thing about staying in this quiet little bay near the Thirsty Turtle — just a mile or so from the big marina — is that our good friends Tasha and Sebastian on Kittywake have caught up to us. We met in late August at St. Joe’s (Michigan), reconnected in Alton (Illinois), and haven’t seen each other since. All Loopers meet a lot of other Loopers while on the Loop, unless you stick to yourself. Some of them become special friends that you wait to see again. These two are like that.
Besides waiting for Kittywake, we’ve also been waiting for packages from Amazon. We sent quite a few here and one hasn’t arrived yet.
The extra days in port allow time for more sunny-day maintenance (like caulking leaks and staining exterior wood). It also allowed me to take the paddle board out for a fun exploration, and bike back to the Land Between the Lakes for a longer ride.
Plus, I finally saw the turtles for which Green Turtle Bay is named. Yep, they’re green. Sort of.