To all our friends old and new reading these web pages: We finished the Great Loop Cruise in August 2003, and we continue to cruise the Inland Rivers when we can. In the summer of 2011, we helped friends bring a boat from Detroit, MI to Little Rock, AR, cruising Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, the Illinois Waterway, and the Mississippi River. In the summer of 2007, we spent seven weeks exploring the Upper Mississippi River (from Cairo, IL to Minnesota). We've been on the Lower Mississippi (Cairo to New Orleans) six times: twice from mile 599 to New Orleans, four times from the mouth of the Ohio to the mouth of the White River (which is the entry to the Arkansas River System).
While the site contains commentary and photos for our Great Loop trip, we will keep adding to it as we cruise our well loved waters. A cruise log for the Mississippi River cruise is also here.
The Great Loop cruise legs are described in chronological order. Because we started our Loop much farther west than many Loopers do, and because our location meant, we had to cruise the Lower Mississippi, we covered many more miles than is typical. In addition, we made what was for us a side trip to the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers (most Loopers go south on the Tennessee and Tenn-Tom rather than take the Lower Mississippi). Having done both we'd take the Tennessee and Tenn-Tom every time.
Calypso Poet spent three years on the Tennessee River, and we're glad to answer questions aobut this magnificent river, as well as our home river, the Arkansas. It is pretty cool, too, although not as developed.
dark green line:Great Loop route in 2002-2003
orange line:Arkansas-Pickwick cruise in 2004
dark red line:Tennessee-Cumberland Rivers cruise in 2006
blue line: Mississippi River cruise in 2007
light green line: Miscellaneous boat deliveries on the Tenn-Tom,
Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas Rivers, and Gulf crossing
red cube: Our home port, Little Rock, Arkansas
|Great Loop Cruise Legs, in Chronological Order|
|Leg 1: Maumelle, AR to New Orleans, LA, July 1-13, 2002|
|Leg 2: New Orleans, LA to Mobile, AL, July 14-25, 2002|
|Leg 3: Mobile, AL to Pickwick Lake, TN/MS/AL, July 26-August 12, 2002|
|Leg 4: Pickwick Lake to Lake Barkley, KY, August 12-September 2, 2002|
|Leg 5: Lake Barkley, KY to Fort Loudoun & Tellico Lakes, TN, September 2-October 13, 2002|
|Leg 6: Fort Loudoun & Tellico Lakes, TN to Mobile Bay, AL, October 14-November 9, 2002|
|Fairhope, AL: November 7-10, 2002, Rendezvous of America's Great Loop Cruisers Association|
|Leg 7: Mobile, AL to Miami, FL, November 10, 2002-February 23, 2003|
|Leg 8: Miami, FL to Norfolk, VA, February 24, 2003-April 23, 2003|
|Leg 9: Norfolk, VA to New York, NY, April 24-May 17, 2003|
|Leg 10: New York, NY to Midland, Ontario, May 17-June 12, 2003|
|Leg 11: Midland, ON to Chicago, IL, June 14-July 12, 2003|
|Leg 12: Heartland Rivers and Home / Chicago, IL to Maumelle, AR, July 22-August 3, 2003|