The Dirty Ohio

maria | October 6, 2013 | COMMENTS:Comments Closed
Ohio River Traffic

Ohio River Traffic

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.

Captain Pudgy on watch

Captain Pudgy on watch

The new Olmstead Lock under construction. Kinda reminds us of Hammond.

The new Olmstead Lock under construction. Kinda reminds us of Hammond.

 

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