Inland waterways are the liquid version of highways, and the big ones carry a lot of product across the country. Pedukah, KY is a hub of this maritime activity because it sits at the confluence of two major rivers (the Ohio and the Tennessee) and near two others (the Mississippi and the Cumberland.) Given its location, it’s not surprising that it’s been flooded several times — most recently in 2011 but most disastrously in 1937.
So the city built a floodwall … and then decorated it. It also built a new floating dock, our home for the past three days, which rises up giant pilings during flooding.
Here is evidence of the ongoing human-vs-nature battle, but also of human ingenuity and creativity. I’m so glad to have another day here to absorb this context and history, visit the River Discovery Center, pop into an open-air bar with “local flavor,” and linger at the floodwall murals. (We also took time for a hot bike ride to Walmart to load up on supplies.) Our first two days here, we did a lot of socializing and supporting of other Loopers. This last day was just for us. It’s important to do that, too!
Early tomorrow, we will head up the Ohio again and turn right onto the Cumberland, still fighting upstream, to reach our next destination at Green Turtle Bay. It means another early departure and a long day under way. That’s ok, because I’ve had three days to explore. Onward! Photos and captions below. (Don’t miss Harvey and the girls.)