TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 39 NM
What a restful night, here just outside the entrance to Lock and Dam 52. Being close, however, sure didn’t insure us an early lock through. It was 10:45 before the five of us Loopers made it to the other side and began our day’s travels.
After traveling only about 4 miles, we passed Paducah, Kentucky at MM 935. Just .5 miles later, the Tennessee River joined the Ohio River and it was time to decide on our path. Since the Tennessee River path would entail the Kentucky Lock and Dam, notorious for its long wait for pleasure crafts, we opted to continue on the Ohio River. At MM 922.8 we shifted over to the Cumberland River. We followed this until we entered the huge Barkley Lock.
This mammoth tub was 800’ long and 110’ wide. The five PCs (pleasure crafts) and one tug didn’t even make a dent in its capacity. When the gates opened, the tug (also called a tow) had to attach to its previously transported barges and move them out of the way before any of us could exit the lock into Barkley Lake