What a killer day. Lot’s of rain and wind and nothin’ else. I was going the same speed as a barge so we stuck together through this crappy weather. Only he was sitting in a comfortable chair drinking hot coffee and I was looking like a drowned rat! I did run into a small problem that I won’t be able to sort out until tomorrow. I ran over a fishing net that was submerged in the water. It wrapped around my prop. I had to get in the water with my trusty knife and cut the net off. I felt a little like Tarzan-only cold! It started right back up so I went slowly to the shore for the night. I will check the oil in the morning and we’ll see how it goes.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!