On to Kentucky, our fifth state in 60 days. (Life is slow at 8 mph.)
We’re still in the floodplain, and the docks float up with the river.
This leg was less than 40 miles but took us almost seven hours. Going upstream does that. We got underway shortly after 0630 from our anchorage on the banks of the Ohio River while the fog was still lifting, and I was again glad to be accompanied by boats with good electronic visibility of the barges.
We went “over a dam” for the first time. “What?!,” you ask? “Sounds dangerous!” Nope. It just means that we passed over the Olmstead Dam, instead of passing through the adjacent Olmstead Lock. It’s called The Olmstead Lock and Dam. The lock and the dam are side-by-side. If the water is high enough, you can pass over the dam. If it’s low, you must go through through the lock. Obviously, you want to get it right! 🙂
Another first: Being overtaken by a barge. It was surprising, because barges are slow — even slower than us. On the Mississippi, going downstream, we always overtook them. Here on the Ohio, it’s a different story. Fighting upstream is apparently easier to do for barges than for pleasure craft, so those clunky things overtake us. It’s humbling somehow.
So much to learn from the rivers!
Padukah, KY is a nice surprise … a big new dock, nearby town to explore, and very warm energy (and logistical support) from both the municipal dock and from other Loopers. This dock is busy due to the influx of Looper boats, and pretty short-handed, so docked Loopers help the incoming boats. We support each other in other ways, too; when we learned that a woman on an incoming boat had suffered a pretty bad injury, we found a nurse among the Loopers to meet the boat and offer support.
And then there was movie night. One of the Looper boats set up a projector and a sheet on the dock, and we watched the classic “Captain Ron.” They even served popcorn! Sweet.