October 10th, 2013 Up the Ohio River

12 Oct

Paducah, KY.  The mouth of the Tennessee River

Paducah, KY. The mouth of the Tennessee River

Construction on the Olmsted Lock to be completed in 2014.  NOT LIKILY!

Construction on the Olmsted Lock to be completed in 2014. NOT LIKILY!

Construction on the Olmsted Lock to be completed in 2014.  NOT LIKILY!

Construction on the Olmsted Lock to be completed in 2014. NOT LIKILY!

 

Junction of Mississippi and Ohio River.  Ft. Defiance State Part.  As we were Leaving the Miss.  we passed through three states, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.    What you actually see if Cairo Point Light.

Junction of Mississippi and Ohio River. Ft. Defiance State Part. As we were Leaving the Miss. we passed through three states, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky. What you actually see if Cairo Point Light.

 

Again we got up early and there was fog or smog, we were not sure.  We were going to wait, but Em was nervous that we would not be able to reach our anchorage by nightfall.

We were in the fog/snog almost all morning and even in the afternoon it was still hazy.

We are now going up the Ohio against the current.  Where we had our fastest day yesterday, we had our slowest day today.  However we were lucky in that the two locks were down and we just sailed by.  A lot of current around the dams and we had to run the boat at a higher rpm than normal.  We did make it to our anchorage about 5:30.

The Ohio is also very commercial with a lot of barge traffic, but the river is a much wider than the Miss., and a little prettier, again not many towns, or places to stop.  We did pass Cairo, IL at the mouth of the Ohio & we are anchored just above Paducha, KY which is at the mouth of the Tennessee River.

We go on the Cumberland River tomorrow & we will see what that brings.

Em’s notes:

Bev didn’t mention every time we come to a barge no matter weather up on down bound she panics.  If I am not at the helm she turns it over to me then she twitters & shakes.  In the beginning of the Miss. she would vacate the pilot house for the salon or head until she started reading about Seaman, the Luis & Clarke dog.  Now as long as she is into the book she is OK.  If it weren’t for the great meals she is providing I’d have to send her home.

The trash wood debris & logs are everywhere & thickest @ locks or the worst places.  We have had to push some out of our way & have run a couple thru the prop hoping we have not damaged her but sometimes there is no choice.

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