Success

We will share more stories soon but for now our journey on the Ohio is over. We just got off the river after paddling against the afternoon winds, completing 130 miles this year. We are 8 miles short of the mouth of the river and will return, as planned, in October to finish those miles and celebrate with family and friends the 1250 miles we have paddled since 2001. Our travel helpers Brian and Stevie were in Mound City to greet us.

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Fort Massac State Park

After a cozy night in the Holiday Inn in Paducah, Kentucky, Karen and I called for our first ever Lyft ride to take us back to Smithland, Kentucky, where we had left our canoe and some of our gear for the night. We just learned that our new friend Deputy Devin Brewer in Smithland had been watching out after our gear wondering what had become of us. We had met him the night we got into Smithland. Karen just spoke to him on the phone and filled him in on our day.

We loaded up the canoe with the wet tent and the other dry gear. By about 7:30 am we were on the river.

We are anticipating rain a lot of the day and pretty strong winds. However the winds never got unbearable and we were able to find shelter in some channels along the islands. One thing we are noticing as we get to the lower part of the Ohio River is that there are a lot of bars and a lot more islands undoubtedly do to the build up of silt along the way. We had to maneuver around more towboats and barges when we got to Paducah where the Tennessee River empties into the Ohio River. That provided a challenge for us but it worked out and we proceeded down the river and managed to find this beautiful state park before the afternoon rains hit. The visitor center was closed but we saw a man on a tractor and went to talk to him. Turns out he is a Ranger and he agreed to meet us with his truck and go pick up the canoe and all of our gear and bring it to a campsite. We just got the campsite set u we are sitting under a park shelter as the thunder and rain whirl around us. As soon as the rain stops for what looks like about an hour, we’re going to walk into Metropolis, Illinois, and see if we can find the Superman Museum. After a cozy night in the Holiday Inn in Paducah, Kentucky, Karen and I called for our first ever Lyft ride to take us back to Smithland, Kentucky, where we had left our canoe and some of our gear for the night. We just learned that our new friend Deputy Devin Brewer in Smithland had been watching out after our gear wondering what had become of us. We had met him the night we got into Smithland. Karen just spoke to him on the phone and filled him in on our day.

We loaded up the canoe with the wet tent and the other dry gear. By about 7:30 am we were on the river.

We are anticipating rain a lot of the day and pretty strong winds. However the winds never got unbearable and we were able to find shelter in some channels along the islands. One thing we are noticing as we get to the lower part of the Ohio River is that there are a lot of bars and a lot more islands undoubtedly do to the build up of silt along the way. We had to maneuver around more towboats and barges when we got to Paducah where the Tennessee River empties into the Ohio River. That provided a challenge for us but it worked out and we proceeded down the river and managed to find this beautiful state park before the afternoon rains hit. The visitor center was closed but we saw a man on a tractor and went to talk to him. Turns out he is a Ranger and he agreed to meet us with his truck and go pick up the canoe and all of our gear and bring it to a campsite. We just got the campsite set u we are sitting under a park shelter as the thunder and rain whirl around us. As soon as the rain stops for what looks like about an hour, we’re going to walk into Metropolis, Illinois, and see if we can find the Superman Museum.

We hit the 100 mile mark for this trip. We are 39 miles short of the Mississippi! Continually grateful for the amazing timing of our trips and the folks who come our way to help us. Here are some pictures from along the way today.

We hit the 100 mile mark for this trip. We are 39 miles short of the Mississippi! Continually grateful for the amazing timing of our trips and the folks who come our way to help us. Here are some pictures from along the way today. One of the highlights today was seeing an eagle’s nest and two juvenile eagles with a parent. You have to look closely or zoom in on that photo to see them!t.

Hotel day

As was the case about this time last year. The rain has gotten to us and we have pulled off the river to spend a night at the Holiday Inn in Paducah, Kentucky. They have washers and dryers and restaurants and other amenities we don’t get on the river. We stopped at the little grocery store where we were camping and they connected us with someone who would drive us the 25 minute distance. All things work out well. The driver needed some gas and we needed a ride! They let us check in early so we have both had warm showers and dry clothes and we will soon head out to visit the quilting museum here in Paducah and other sites as the weather may allow. Here are some pictures from the last few hours including the guys who hang out at the grocery, one of whom spend 40 years on the rover boats, our ride, and our wet, soggy selves at the hotel.