I recently completed the trip from Chicago to Mobile, AL. When in St Louis, I met a solo sailor who started in Minneapolis. He was making the trip with no instruments (depth, e-charts). He had a few stories, but was making good progress. BTW: he was probably 70 years old.
I originally planned to go to New Orleans
when I started the trip. But after 3 weeks on rivers, I changed plans and headed to Mobile using the "easier" route". Good timing can be made on the Mississippi from the current
. But the distance between provisions and fuel
can be a problem. A deep draft
can be a problem getting into the popular and protected anchorages
. Debries is always flowing down the river, which ends up on the anchor rode
. Also, the Mississippi can be very high or very low. The depth
can change by more that a foot each day.
On the other hand, Fatty Goodlander takes this route
without any trouble. Also, I have another acquaintence who has made the trip down the Mississippi twice in a sailboat (now on a 47' metal boat, not sure of draft). He will tell you that the trip isn't as hard as some claim.
In my opinion, this is a nice trip to have behind you. I wouldn't find any satisfaction in being a "Looper". But other love it.