Beginning Location: Little Diversion Canal
Ending Location: Olmstead, Ohio
Miles Traveled: 67
Stayed at: Pulled over to the side of the road near the new Olmstead Lock
On Sunday, October 6 we finished our last 50 downstream miles on the Mississippi and made the turn upstream on the Ohio. While the Mississippi current gave us a 3 and sometime 4 mph push, the Ohio slowed us down 2 to 3.5 miles per hour. Although we only had 60 miles to travel, we knew it was going to be a long 60 miles.
The current was up a bit in the river and the water was a kind of muddy yellow color. We later found out this was because of flooding upstream in Louisville.
The Ohio River truly is a main artery of American commerce. It is a staging area for cargo going up and down the Mississippi or over to the East Coast. The river is wide, so getting around barges wasn’t a problem, but they were everywhere!
The first day on the Ohio, we traveled 17 miles upstream and anchored just out of the navigation channel across from a new lock that is under construction. It wasn’t the most peaceful spot, but we got a good view of the huge construction project underway.