We are now on the Ohio River going North after negotiating the busy Mighty Mississippi. We averaged about 10 - 11mph due to a strong flowing current of approx 3mph going with us. I said to Gary we should have turned the engine off and just floated down river like Tom Sawyer's raft!! We could have saved some diesel consumption!!
These wing dams can be seen above water but are also below the water level of the river. Luckily, they are at a depth that does not bother our boat.
Whilst on the Mississippi we stayed at Alton where we met up with an "old" friend of Gary's, Joe H. We guessed it had been about 27 or 28 years since we had seen other and, of course, we did not look a day older. It was great catching up on the news of Joe's family and his grand children. Because the boat was still having generator problems we had to rent a car which allowed us to see something of the town. There was a wonderful mural depicting life on the Mississippi on the side of a building.
We passed a bar named "Fast Eddies" which brought a smile to Gary's face. It made him think of his Wednesday night drinking buddies at the Cancune Catina organised by Ed S.
We have passed may tows most of which are captained by pleasant, helpful skippers. I got the only miserable one on the radio yesterday. He misunderstood the words power cat for power plant and rudely told me to get a map. I was tempted to tell him to get a hearing aid!!! I took a photo of a tow pushing a casino boat. I wonder if he was taking a gamble!! Hurrah for that pun!!!
We passed St Louis but were unable to stop due to there being nowhere to stop on the river. So I arched my neck and took a photo of the arch.
Well, no blog is complete without either a bird photo or a sunset photo. So, today you have a sunset photo. Good night!!
Kingston Rover Loop Map