Today I was the bug! Stopped early on to fix the maladies of yesterday. I went through the first lock which only took four hours-almost all of it waiting. I don’t think lock masters are happy on their jobs! Actually, I think us recreational boaters are just a pain in their butt. Rather akin to highways being for truckers. The second lock took all of 15 minutes. I learned that I went through one of the busiest locks in the world which was also my first one. It was very intimidating for me. I planned for alot but when you are staring down a huge barge with your measely little homemade craft, you tend to think very humbly! I’m extremely glad I got this UHF radio. Not having that would be a potential trip stopper with these locks. Only 16 more locks to go! I passed an old wooden barge on the river-you will likely never see one of these again. The all steel barges took over and the wooden ones went the way of the dodo. I have only gone about 12 miles so far. I had hoped for more but considering the trials I am pleased. The further away from Pittsburgh I get, the quicker I will move. It is about 6:45PM and I am getting ready to make dinner. Actually, it will be breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is going to be hard to prepare meals as I want to spend most of my time on the river. My homemade mattress worked out well. It is just a tad bit firm but it will work great. I have my generator out recharging batteries. This will probably be an every three day occurance. Time to eat!