By Tuesday Joe and I, and Barb and Randy, were all getting a little stir crazy and were ready to leave. The Greenup Lock, which was just beyond our marina, was still only operating its small chamber. Randy had been watching his AIS and reported 18 tows backed up at one point. Joe called the lock tender about 8:30am to let him know that we wanted to lock down. He told us to sit tight until we heard that Henry J (with a female captain!) was secure in the lock. That would mean it was locking up and we'd be going down once the tow cleared the lock. Finally, shortly before 11am we that heard Henry J was entering the lock, we moved into position, and were locked down and on our way about noon.
So, the next day we met up with John, who looks a lot like Santa Claus. He grew up in Cincinnati and not only knew the history, but also entertained us with some personal stories - and quite a few bad jokes. We rode all around downtown, through the Over the Rhine area and up Mt. Adams.
Joe and I also spent some time wandering on our own and happened by City Hall. It looked so interesting on the outside, we decided to check out the interior.
While Joe was getting religion, I had walked up Mt. Adams for an Architreks tour. The group gives tours of many areas - but only on weekends, so I didn't get to take advantage of as many as I would have liked. Among other things, our tour included the Holy Cross-Immaculata Catholic Church. One thing we'd learned about Cincinnati is that it was populated by waves of immigration - especially by German and Irish. Often there would be two churches of one denomination close together - one German and one Irish. This one survived when the Irish Holy Cross was consolidated with the German Immaculata.
The next day we were off to the Union Terminal which now houses three museums. We started in the Cincinnati History Museum - and never made it much beyond that, though Joe did run through a bit of the Natural History one. The first thing we came to in the History Museum, was a huge model of Cincinnati. It was split into sections so you could walk through it and each section portrayed the city in a different time period. The rest of the exhibits, which took us from the first settlements to the present, were nicely done and well laid out. We feel like we can really judge a good museum now, having experienced such a variety on these trips.
Our Turtle Creek stop combined visits with the marina folks we've come to enjoy and Paul and Marty who provided us so much river guidance. We also had mail and packages waiting there. Joe's new AIS - receiver and transmitter - arrived and was installed. Now, after a few glitches, we can "see" the tow traffic and they can "see" us. Joe also seized the opportunity to do an oil change and I caught up on laundry.
After we'd finished touring, Joe went back to the boat and I decided to walk around the town some more - eventually stopping for a long over due haircut. As I walked down the ramp to the boat, I could see the padlocked gate ahead of me! No, it was not anywhere near 10pm. Luckily, Joe was on the boat, and had been there when they decided to close the restaurant and brought him a key. So the next morning we left Madison.
When we arrived in Louisville, KY, Barb and Randy were there waiting and Fred and Linda were in town also. We all had dinner and wished Fred and Linda bon voyage as they were flying off to NY the next day. Louisville has nice public docks with power - no charge!
Lots more picture on picasa!