Day 18-A Tale of Two Shoes

What good is one shoe?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  What a classic opening for a novel.  The only thing is what follows on my blog is nowhere near as exciting!  I started the morning out with calm water and only a slight breeze.  I was excited because I feel like I am a little behind on this non-schedule that I don’t have!  So off I go, making a breakfast of two PB&J’s as I’m scooting along.  I take off my shoes and set them on my deck as the sun was shining and I was living life.  I was just on the outskirts of Cincy when a riverboat cruises by.  Cursed riverboats!  They make a big wake, bigger than barges.  So I cut back on the throttle to ride out the waves and everything is tranquilo.  After the wakes, I keep cruising along and finishing breakfast.  I start brushing my teeth when I notice that one of my shoes is missing.  CURSED RIVERBOATS!  In all of the up and down, it must have gone overboard.  I just got these shoes at Cabela’s and thought I was being clever with only bringing one pair of shoes along.  You know, less weight…. So I turn around and backtrack two miles and didn’t see a sign of my other shoe.  So I turn back around and scour the river again.  Nothing!  Now I am wondering how in the heck am I going to get another pair of shoes?  I am going to look like a homeless bum going into a store with no shoes.  I knew I was looking forward to the problem solving part of this trip, but I didn’t envision this scenario!  I begin scouring the businesses along the shore in downtown Cincy as if there is going to be a waterfront shoe store-who am I kidding?  I came upon what looked like a waterfront mall and I thought I had it made.  I park the boat about a mile away in a hideaway and scamper my way up the brush filled bank.  I always park my boat in areas that are hard to get to but the price of that is it’s hard to get to for me also.  That’s the price I pay for security.  So I’m walking back to this mall area which is right across the river from the baseball and football stadium.  This mall was an enterainment mall only with cinemas and eateries!  I was hosed.  After all of that barefoot, hobo looking walking, I didn’t know what I was going to do.  I did see a Five Guys and I thought I would think better on a full stomach since it was already noon.  But no shirts, no shoes, no service-BLASTED RIVERBOATS!  Out of the corner of my eye I caught the word running on the side of  a building a couple of blocks away.  It was a running shoe store.  How lucky was I?  I go into Bob Roncker’s Running Spot(shameless plug) and Jack? fitted me with a pair of Brook’s and I bought a pair of sandals as a backup.  Believe me, if you walked a mile in my shoes(or no shoes), you would give them a plug too.  Thanks guys!  Now I return to Five Guys and get my burger to go because now I have shoes!

With that drama behind me, I continued on.  It seems to me-althought I’m no photographer-that Cincy would be a great three/four day destination just for taking pictures.  There are great bridges, architecture, etc.  Lots of eye grabbing lines,  But like I said, I’m no photographer so I just ate my burger!

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair! She didn’t!

The Culprit!

It is only supposed to get down to the 50′s tonight so that is a bonus after two nights in the 30′s.  Tomorrow sounds like rain.


9 thoughts on “Day 18-A Tale of Two Shoes

  1. “Keep the river road all the way, and next time you tramp take shoes and socks with you.”
    Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, page 83

    or as the great man said about his book
    ” PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. ”

    Maybe this is the leitmotif of your voyage?

    • Very apropo-I like it! You can bet I kept my shoes on today and had the laces tied tight! It is that very thing that I was looking for in this trip. Not many people have a story like that in their back pocket! I claim to have no morals, motives, or plot for this excursion! I was looking more for a 3 hour tour, a 3 hour tour!

      • As a former high school English teacher, it is impressive to virtually meet Mark Twain/ Lane who can cite passages from Huck Finn which aptly apply – wow! And then your name is Sam like Samuel Clemmons, hmmmmmm… So I had to find a good Twain/Clemmons quote for you, Hon:
        “Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one’s head.”
        Guess you have had enough of storms though, huh. However, I figured his description of reality above is better than the next quote, “I could never learn to like her, except on a raft at sea with no other provisions in sight.”
        Hope you like me even though I won’t join you on your raft…

  2. Just talked to one of the ODNR officers who stopped you and got your blog address . Neat adventure you are on . Your info on the locks was very helpfull as two other fools and I are planning to take off from Mairetta the second week of Oct. for a 3 or 4 day pontoon boat camping trip . Your blog will help . Last year met a cross country walker who blogged his trip ( and what an adventure he had . I will keep in touch – good luck .

    • You guys will have a blast. The weather shouldn’t be too cold yet at night. The larger living area of a pontoon boat will be very handy. I stopped in Marietta for supplies and thought it would be a cool area to scout around but time is not on my side on this trip. Have fun planning your trip-that’s half of the fun!

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