September 9, 2010
After 48 miles of travel, we finally completed the Mississippi River and entered the Ohio River at Cairo, IL. Once again, the Mississippi River gave us a good current with up to 14.7 mph at one time. We also got swirled around by turbulence in a few areas. Some of the turbulence was from the river itself and some was created by the wakes of large barges, especially those heading north on the Mississippi and against the current. While travelling on the Ohio River the state of Illinois was on our port and Kentucky was on the starboard side. We had planned to travel further today but there was a backlog of tow/barge traffic at the last lock #52 on the Ohio River and we would have been delayed long enough that we would end up travelling in the dark so we all agreed to anchor at Metropolis. Three other non-looper boats also arrived at this anchorage.
September 10, 2010
We were all up early eager to depart at 6:30 a.m. to get through lock #52 but Mother Nature decided otherwise. It was raining and a bit misty so we decided to wait until 7:30. The weather was even worse by then with heavy rain and fog which reduced visibility considerably. Finally around 12:30 the rain subsided somewhat and visibility was better so we all decided to depart. After about a 30-minute wait we all got through the lock. About 5 miles later we had to make a decision - should we travel the Cumberland River route which would be about 30 minutes longer or take the Tennessee River route and hope that we would not be delayed at the Kentucky Lake lock. Everyone shuns the Kentucky lock as there is so much commercial traffic through there that the delays can be hours. There is also a lock going via the Cumberland but there is less commercial traffic. Here & Now and Tellico Lady decided to take a chance on the Tennessee route. As we got closer to that turn off, Barb (Hallelujah) called the lockmaster who told her that he would get us through by 7 p.m. so Hallelujah also decided to go the Tennessee River route. The other 3 boats had already gone that way so by the time we got to the lock there were 6 pleasure craft waiting to get locked up. There was a tow with 15 barges in the lock when we arrived and 2 more waiting their turn. The lockmaster asked them if they would consider letting the pleasure craft go through first. Thankfully they agreed and we finally got through the lock at 7 p.m. We then had about 2 miles to go to our marina. We got there and tied up just as it was getting dark. Here & Now travelled on to Green Turtle Marina where they had a reservation. This was one of those days where everything worked out in the end.
This is it
for the Ohio River portion. From here
on, the final postings will be on the TN River
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