Day 23

Got about a half day in today after seeing Leanne off around noon.  What a great weekend.  Leanne got here around 10 PM and we got our room near Fort Knox.  Spent yesterday shopping (supplies for me-and a camera!), hiking around a lake and eating out.  It felt like a date weekend!  Weather cooperated for us but I think I am going to pay for it for the next three days-rain is forecasted until Thursday.  That’s okay, I’ll just wear my rainsuit.

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Day 22-Time to think about security!

I had visitors last night around 1 AM.  While I was concocting this plan, I had many conversations at my place of work about taking a gun.  After last night, maybe Eddy at work was right.  But this is a guy that shot a hole through his roof!  I can’t come to profess that he was right.  I’ll let you guys decide.

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Day 21

Boring is good!  I slept like a baby last night even though it was raining cats and dogs.  I got on the river at about 10 AM and made good time.  I pulled off just south of Louisville.  I’ve been through Louisville many times on I-64 overlooking the river.  Seeing the city from this perspective is really cool.  I wish I had my camera!  The locks were a little tricky as I knew they would be by looking at google earth.  One way leads to the dam, one way leads to the falls (neither of these choices are good), and a third way leads to the locks.  I took door number three and locked right through.  It looks like I am going to hit a nice spell of weather which is very welcome.  Leanne will be coming over to visit on Saturday so that will be cool!  Time for my bath!

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Day 20-Four minions and an 800lb. gorilla

I am a little fried right now as I didn’t sleep a wink last night.  In my haste to make it through the lock, I didn’t have enough daylight to seek out a good spot for the night.  I had to settle on a long stretch of shore the would have been fine in most cases.  Last night was not most cases.

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Day 19

I still have my shoes!  That would be the relative accomplishment today.   It rained all morning which wasn’t too bad.  I had my raingear on and forged ahead.  The water wasn’t nearly as choppy as the past couple of days.  My netbook and my camera seem to be casualties though.  I brought my laptop as a backup and had each in a separate water bag.  Well, one water bag was just that-a water bag!  I don’t know if it will survive.

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Day 17

After yesterday, this morning was gorgeous.  There was still a small headwind but the water was calm.  My good progress came to a grinding halt at the lock that I had to go through.  There were several barges in front of me so I settled down for my four hour wait.  Once through, I made it to the outskirts of Cincinatti.  I will try to scoot through it tomorrow as quick as I can.  My next big town will be Louisville which I should make by next weekend.  Leanne is going to meet me there also so I am looking forward to that.

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Day 16

What a horrible day as far as making any kind of headway.  The headwind was blowing and the river had four foot swells with whitecaps.  There wasn’t alot I could do except pull over and wait for either to subside.  I made breadfast and read a bit and then tried to get back on the river.  I was trying to hug the shoreline to avoid the big swells but it didn’t help much.  My poor propeller ate more than it’s share of river bottom.  I finally eked out about twenty miles before stopping for the night.  The town I pulled up in is none other than George Clooney’s hometown, Augusta, Kentucky.  I talked to a few people at the park where I pulled up to.  This is a typical nice americana town.  Next weekend is their big historical festival so I missed it by a week-bummer!    Hopefully tomorrow will be calmer.

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Day15

    Slow news day today.  I left Portsmouth, OH this am and just pulled into Maysville, KY.  I stopped about a mile downstream from a power plant and the water in the river is like bath water.  All of the steam that runs the steam turbines condensates back into water which they discharge back into the river.  I’m sure all the warm water stays on the surfaces of the river and the cooler water is beneath.  What that means for me is it is going to be a warm night.  Kind of like the old steam radiators!

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Day 14

Kind of a weird day today.  Got up from a cold night sleep and was shrouded by fog.  I couldn’t do anything until about 10 AM.  I spent the night tied up to a tree because there was no shoreline so all I had was my small boat deck to amble around on.  When I was able to launch, I was one bend shy of the next lock.  Had I known that, I would have gone through it last night when there was no traffic.  I had to wait about three hours this morning as there were three barges already in line.  So I tied up to another tree and read and watched barges go through the lock.  They move quite slowly in the lock (4-5 feet per minute-if that).  When I finally got through, I had a tailwind and I was home free.  It was nice and warm and I was livin’!

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