Monthly Archives: April 2011

Broken tow on the Ohio river.

Just after mile marker six on the Ohio River is the Emsworth lock and dam, the first dam downriver boaters encounter after leaving Pittsburgh.  I locked through it on a sunny, bitter cold morning a month ago and traded river … Continue reading

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Spring floods at mile 842.

I pulled off the river again Friday night.  Rain clouds moved north and have settled over western Kentucky and Illinois.  Four to eight inches of rain fell in the last 48 hours and more is expected between now and Wednesday … Continue reading

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One year after the BP spill.

Earlier this week I made my way into Grandview, IN.  I had planned on pushing further downstream, but 15 foot waves and heavy winds forced me to paddle out into flooded corn fields before seeking shelter in town. While the … Continue reading

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Following along with Flickr.

The winds are ripping out on the water again today so I’ve taken the time to look back over the last few weeks. There is a link on the right side of the page under Flickr Map, that reads Follow … Continue reading

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Out of Louisville on a rising river.

Leaving my friend Jason and the hard working crew at Kentucky Waterways Alliance behind I shoved off into the Ohio below the only serious elevation gradient since the headwaters—The Falls of the Ohio.  It was at these falls that Lewis … Continue reading

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River hospitality and waste water discharges.

It’s been a few days, 120 miles, and several thunderstorms since leaving Cincinnati but the impact of the folks up there has stayed with me.  Several of the places I’ve stayed in the last few days came from interactions in … Continue reading

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High winds and water.

In Portsmouth it poured.  The wind blew.  It grew darker.  The wind was forecasted to continue directly in my face for the next two days–making progress downriver unlikely.  Then–just before figuring out how to tie my boat onto a Saturn–two … Continue reading

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April showers.

Huntington was my last stop over in West Virginia. Not long after paddling out of town the left bank of the river turned over to Kentucky. Barge traffic became heavy and the river went through an industrial corridor around Ashland … Continue reading

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Winded in Portsmouth, Ohio. Mile 356.5

Just got set up under a porch at the Portsmouth Motorcycle club to wait out the wind and storms…

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Chemical outfalls, relocated towns, and headwinds. Mile 308.

Since leaving St. Mary’s Tuesday night I’ve paddled long days with temperatures more appropriate for February than the end of March.  Paddling though the West Virginia/Ohio border I’ve experienced cold, rain, sleet, and wind–all of which have quickly taught me … Continue reading

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