|Bridge at Cairo, IL|
|Approaching Paducah on the Ohio|
We passed the lock and dam under construction on the Ohio to replace locks 53 and 52, known as Olmstead. 20 years and not near completion.
It did cross my mind on this leg of our journey what does one do if there is engine trouble or a collision with drift damages the props and shafts. No AAA out here.
We pass Paducah and turn up the Cumberland River to an anchorage behind Cumberland Towhead Island. great spot though the current is running. We set the anchor with plenty of chain rode and watch carefully, we are holding, though Tom isn't so sure about this. If we drift back, it is into the Ohio River channel. Tom checks our position several times in the night, we hold our position. Great having an anchor watch crew. We grill out again.
Tom is used to running every day so this anchoring out is a new gig. I promise him tomorrow we have a short day and he can run at the next stop. No cooking either.
When we entered the anchorage we had completed the journey known as the great loop which we started in October of 2007 as we left Cincinnati for FL on IH. A great journey of 7000 plus miles. Great Loop description