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’!
I stopped south of Portsmouth, Ohio where I saw a convenience store. I have a very irritated rotator cuff that is giving me alot of grief. The ibuprofen that I had was not in a waterproof container. Childproof-yes, waterproof-no. All of the tablets were gross with brown river water. So I got some more at the conveniece store. When I got back to the boat, two Ohio DNR officers were at my boat ready to do a spot inspection. They were cool with everything-I was lacking a fire extinguisher and an orange flag. So I stopped at a Walmart just up the river and got those and a Subway for dinner. These guys have a great job cruising up and down the river. I’m sure I am not seeing the whole picture but they have a cool boat, a huge motor, and lots of river! I got more information out of them than anyone else. I’m glad they stopped by. One guy had already pulled up my website by the time I got there. They were in their 30′s and could relate to what I am doing. But now is the time in their life that they have to raise their families and keep their noses to the grind stone. Don’t worry guys, your day will come! I finally pulled to a nice shoreline and set up the generator to recharge all my battery devices. This little generator is perfect for a trip like this-thanks Steve!
Tonight is supposed to be 10 degrees warmer so should be a good sleeping night. Time to close up camp here and get the canopy ready.