Launch Cost: Free.
Route: Cross the Tensaw River, across Delvan Bay, up Spanish River, down Mobile River, around Choctaw Pass, and then back up to the Causeway via Tensaw River.
Distance: 19.7 miles.
Average Speed: 3.8 mph.
Time: Approx 5 hrs.
Weather: Overcast, winds from the north about10 mph with a few gusts. Tide was just starting to rise from a below normal low tide – earlier winds had blown a lot of water south out of Mobile Bay. Currents were about normal. Temperature stayed about 45 degrees all afternoon.
|1) Got in parts to fix the pedal boat today. Chain started slipping shortly after launching. I stopped here to adjust the drive unit. Winds were gusty which is why I stopped on the alee side of this low tide peninsula.|
|2) Saw a lot of coot and other birds today, but when the sun isn’t out, they are not as colorful.|
|3) A couple of white pelicans taking off.|
|4) When kayaking in Mobile River, one should never get too close to big ships or docks. The amount of water this pump was pushing out could easily capsize a kayak.|
|5) I decided to kayak down Mobile River today in order to see this ferry. The new Hawaii Superferry, manufactured by Austal, won’t be here for long. This is no average ferry – check out some of the interior photos here.|
|6) Sure glad the Superferry doesn’t operate here. I can only imagine what it would be like to have this ferry zipping by at 35 knots while in my kayak. I wonder if their radar picks up a kayaks.|
|7) I was also hoping to see the Holiday take off as it usually can be seen heading south around sunset.|
|8) As I passed by, bundled-up passengers were yelling and waving at me. They must have been impressed with my little cruise kayak.|
|9) It is almost a ritual for me to take a photo of the RSA building as I pass by. I’m still waiting for the upper scaffolding to be removed.|
|10) Trip Track (green line). Although it is a little long, this is one of my favorite kayaking loops – it is always an adventure with a lot of industrial action and engineering marvels.|