Lot’s of hurry up and wait today. After another bone chilling night, I got on the river a bit late. It didn’t really matter because of the long wait on the second lock today. On the first lock of the day, I made a boneheaded move. Every lock to this point has had two locks. The big barges always take the riverside lock because they are usually bigger. The landside locks take the small rec boats. I approach the first lock today and could have sworn that the lockmaster said to come on through landside. The doors were open and everything. How lucky could I be just cruising right in with no wait? Then I hear the crackle over the radio that I am in the wrong lock and there was a barge headed my way-uh oh! So I reverse course and go over to the riverside lock and get locked through. I felt rather sheepish as I was hearing what I wanted to hear and not what was said. I guess Leanne is right about that!
I got to Paducah, KY and had to pull off for a bit because of the wind and the waves. I was getting pummelled. So I sat on shore and made some phone calls and waited for more suitable conditions. As soon as it calmed down a bit, I got on the water and made it to the next lock. It is an old lock and had me very confused. I finally had to asked some guys on the Field of Dreams(heading to New Orleans!) what the deal was. They had been waiting for four hours and then we waited together for another one and half hours. We got locked through but it was already getting dark so I pulled over about a mile down from the lock. I have my last lock tomorrow. It is another old one so I’m sure I’ll see my buddies there in the morning!
I am curious to see how much the current is going to affect my speed after getting out of the locks. I’ll find out soon enough!