We’re now docked at Indiantown Marina. It’s the staging spot for crossing Lake Okechobee tomorrow. We have found the blue-green algae that made the news. We saw little whisps of it on the South Fork but even more today, especially below the St. lucie lock. It’s not bad, just a thin layer floating on the surface, kind of like duck weed on a pond. We haven’t noticed any smell or any irritation from it. So far, so good.
We were proud of ourselves. Even though it has been a long time since we last went through a lock, we remembered all the components & did it flawlessly: life jackets on, gloves on, fender hooks placed at ready, a special locking line with a plastic sleeve ready. We’ve transited many locks and it’s mind boggeling how many tie-on configurations they come in. We never know as we approach a lock what type of tie-on will be required. This lock tender dropped lines to us from the top.
Our voyage today was impeded a bit. We got to a high highway bridge with a railroad bridge just after it. The railroad bridge is usually open. Not this time. We could see a big fishing boat dancing on the far side. According to the bridge tender, they had just installed new software. The train was stopped down the track but the new software had him locked out. He could not override it & open the bridge. So, we tied to the highway bridge fenders, prepared & ate lunch, and waited for the issue to be resolved. After more than a half hour the railroad bridge swung out of our way. No word from the bridge tender if the software was revised or the train was moved. Either way, we got to continue very quickly into Indiantown Marina. The delay made us nervous because as we waited, a big thunderstorm formed above us. All ended well.
After tying to the dock, we both rushed into the showers – so refreshing!