We'd come without notice - because they wouldn't answer the phone or return Joe's calls - but they finally said they had one slip we could fit into. It was actually leased to someone else, but their boat was out for major repairs. The good thing about a packed marina is there are lots of people around, the good thing about our boat is it's unusual - especially there since Carolyn Ann is the first Great Harbour to come up the Ohio. Anyway, Joe got to talk to lots of people and always asked about access to downtown. Finally a retired prosecutor told him it should be okay to tie onto the wall. So we'll visit Cincinnati on our way back down the river.
As we started up the river again, we wanted to stop at Augusta, KY. We'd been told it was a great little town. We arrived around noon so we were debating about whether to stop for the day, but thought we'd at least check out the dock. As Joe slowly slid the boat toward the dock, I tried to check the depth off the side with a long boat pole. About the time I got the pole down - and hit bottom much sooner than expected - Carolyn Ann also hit ground. Ooops! Thank goodness for the bow thruster! Joe was able to swing the bow around and move to deeper water. Unless the water is higher on our return trip, Augusta is one cute town we'll have to skip.
Next stop - Maysville, KY. This time the town dock had plenty of water so we tied up for the night. It seems that our timing is bad - again we were trying to go out to dinner on the wrong day of the week. Not much was open on Monday night - so we went to Domino's!
But first we had a good walk around town to see the sights. As you walk through the opening in the flood wall, you see tiles of children's hand prints lining the walls.
Maysville has extensive historical murals on the land side of their flood wall - including a section in tribute to Rosemary Clooney who was from there. They also have lots of historic buildings and homes. Unfortunately, we arrived too late to pick up any tourist information, but we enjoyed looking at the town on our own.
It's built on the side of a hill and the reward for a trek up is an expansive view of the town and the river.
As we cruised along we went under the Sciotoville railroad bridge. Built in 1916, it is the largest riveted truss bridge in the US. Our guide assures us that it is still an "engineering marvel." Not being an engineer, it just looked like a rusty railroad bridge to me.
Remember I mentioned that we saw the lock doors for Greenup Lock going down the river on a barge? Well, we arrived at Greenup Lock. We were told to wait out of the way, and after about 3 hours we were allowed to lock up with a tow that had already sent his barges up. By this time we'd put in a twelve hour day so we pulled into a marina near the top of the lock. It had been a twelve hour day, but we were now through the two locks that were having major delays.
As we were cruising along the next day we saw a Coast Guard boat zipping towards us, slowing down, pulling along side. Two of the Coast Guard's finest came aboard and did a safety inspection - only our second time. The other time was three years ago in New York Harbor. They filled out the paper work and had a nice chat with Joe about the different training facilities that they had attended and Joe had worked, and places they'd been stationed that we'd been to also. It was an interesting break in the day.
Our friend from the dock had also mentioned a building that had partially collapsed. I asked what happened and she said she just figured it had gotten tired!
By this time, judging by the weather, we felt like we were back in Florida - except it was cooler in Florida. We were hitting the high 90's or 100's every day.
On our way there, we passed one of the most interesting cruising boats we've seen. Joe hailed him on the radio and was told that the man had taken 10 years to build it somewhere on the Illinois. It looks like it has lots of good living space and being able to deploy your car at a boat ramp certainly would have value on the Ohio.
Pomeroy is two miles long and two blocks wide, built on the edge of the hill. Because of that it is in Ripley's Believe It Or Not twice. Once for its courthouse that has ground level entrances on three floors and once for being the only town with no four-way intersections.
The next day the heat was still oppressive. We decided it was time for some real power and air conditioning. It was also the Friday before the 4th of July. We found a small marina on the Muskingum River in Marietta, OH and decided to stay three nights. That would keep us off the river and cool for the weekend and there seemed to be plenty to see and do in town.
We went through two locks that day. Both were operating on generators. We learned more about how widespread the damage was as the lock operators told us of their concerns about running out of fuel for the generators before the power came back on. All along the river we saw large trees that had come down in the storm.
Family note: Number two grandchild is on the way - Alex is going to be a big brother!
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