Monday, October 20, 2008
10/18/08---Raised anchor at 7:45 a.m. Traveled down the Mississippi 7 miles and turned up the Ohio River at 8:15 a.m. What a change in water texture. The Ohio is so much cleaner that the water appears blue! The mile marker for the Mississippi is “0”, where the Ohio mileage is 981. What a site as we cruised past Cairo, Illinois. The barge traffic is awesome. There were lots of tugs working and they sure had priority as we slowed and changed course a few times to let them go about their work. As we travel along it becomes important to realize the state of Illinois lies on the port side and Kentucky on the starboard. We passed the Olmstead Locks & Dam that is under construction. There were numerous cranes working. It will eventually replace both locks 52 & 53. As we approached lock #53 the lock master said come ahead. The gate was open as we entered at 10:15 a.m. The lift was just 6’ and out the gate we went at 10:35. Having seen the old lock, it sure looks as though the new lock construction did not start anytime too soon! The next lock #52 worked equally great on timing. We arrived at 1:10 a.m. and entered immediately. The rise was 10’ and out the gate we went at 1:25. The lady tending the lock waved us on. I nicknamed skip "fender tender". He was very helpful putting out fenders anytime they were needed. Getting through the locks without any waiting time, allowed us to arrive at the mouth of the Cumberland River at 3:00 p.m. It was a little early but not enough time to reach Turtle Bay. We anchored by an island in about 4’ of water at mile 922. Today’s travel was 66 miles. Ran 11 MPH @ 3000 RPM. The sky was clear and the sunset over the water was beautiful.