#62 Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Paducah, Kentucky

We made it through the rain and woke up to this beautiful morning.

But we also woke up to this.

Oh boy.

There’s a beaver dam in front of our boat.

That’s what the constant rain and strong current brought to us.

How nice.

Can you believe that?

It took all I had jabbing with a boat pole.

Sam was at the helm moving us forward and backward so we could get the mass moving downstream.

After about 30ish minutes, we were free.

An Interesting Morning

When we finally got into the Mississippi River, the sun was shining in our eyes.

Then, we made a turn and saw it coming.

Fog rolling in.

That’s right.

The further we got, the more dense it became.

This was another reason we are so thankful to have AIS.

Because even in fog, those barges travel.

The Clearing

Once the fog cleared up, it was a beautiful day.

Since it was Sunday, I went down to the galley and whipped up some Belgian Waffles.

Happy Belgian Waffle Sunday, y’all!

Switching Rivers

We started out the day cruising down the Mississippi.

The current moved us along at a terrific pace.

Then we made a left turn and got on the Ohio River.

It was a nice ride but we knew our fuel bill was going to increase going up the river.

Olmsted Lock and Dam

The Olmsted Lock and Dam was under construction so our caravan drove right over the dam.

No waiting or locking required.

Sweet.

Paducah, Kentucky

The trip from our anchorage to Paducah was stressful for me.

I’m surprised that I took any pictures at all.

I found out that our YouTube channel had been hacked.

I was a wreck.

It was my fault.

I clicked on a link that I thought was from YouTube.

It wasn’t.

It was from the Russians.

Oh yes.

That’s right.

I spent most of this trip trying to figure out how to get help to fix this.

But eventually, we got to the Paducah City Docks and tied up there.

We took a stroll around town with other Loopers.

We saw a lot and learned a lot.

We decided to eat at Shandies.

We learned that it is very important for Loopers to check their bills thoroughly before paying.

Some establishments have been known to take advantage of people that are here today and gone tomorrow.

Don’t let that happen to you.

Paducah Murals

Across the Ohio River side of Paducah in one area is a wall of murals telling the history of the town.

This is only a few of the many city murals.

It’s quite incredible.

Paducah City Dock

We all got settled in for our night at the docks.

Anxiously awaiting tomorrow.

Comments

  1. Tony B.

    Nice post. Waiting for tomorrow. Hi to Sam.

    1. The Crew

      Thanks, Tony. Will do!

  2. skimeister

    Leaving the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois and sailing up the Ohio River on LST 325 is always special, it means we are well on our way to our home port of Evansville, Indiana after a month long Good Will Cruise. http://www.lstmemorial.org

    1. The Crew

      Sounds interesting. Thanks for your volunteer work.

  3. Matthew McCaskey

    Beautiful up that way, I’ve been through the Land Between the Lakes, and the Old Kutawa area.

    1. The Crew

      Yes, it really is. Thanks for going along with us.

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