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Y’know – I’m finding out that this
Afterwards, you’ve got more decisions to make. Did you pass anything that you’d like to include a weblink for? Which pictures do you put up and how many? What were your feelings as you passed by certain things? Finally, you’ve got to proofread and edit which requires reading and rereading each sentence, each paragraph, and each entry to make sure the flow is OK. Guess it’s gotta be a labor of love!
Today I messed up. I bit off a little more than
I could chew again and arrived back at the ramp well after dark, unable to
properly document part of the Ohio shoreline in Manchester because I couldn’t
My drive out to the put-in was a prime example - I discovered a place that I wasn’t fully able to see from down on the water in the last section – Moyer’s Winery and Restaurant. They don’t seem to have their own website, or I’d definitely put a link up, but I’d say that Moyer’s is at about mile 400 on the river. It looked fantastic from the road (US52) as I drove by today!
Incidentally, the Adams Country website has the entire
…and speaking of which, that put-in was Kinfolk Landing in the heart of
The Ohio River is generally making a right curve in
this section, and as far as scenery, there’s some sweet looking farmland in
Kentucky while US8 and a CSX railroad track run on the inside of the curve.
Meanwhile, the Kentucky shorelines continued to impress me with their nice, sandy beaches, and I tried to get pictures of them and the great fall colors in their midst, but I found that my camera just wasn’t cutting it in the sunny haze of the day – the shots simply weren’t vibrant enough. I tried adjusting the exposure compensation but it seemed to be faulty, so I switched back to my old camera. Below is the best I got…
Anyway, you’re soon fully in
This inn made me think… I’d so far made 6 trips
Now, by this time you’ll have been able to spot a
couple islands in the distance, and as I was looking at the ramp from across the
river at about mile 397 I could see the towboat Oliver C. Shearer of the
Campbell Transportation Company (http://www.barges.us)
coming around the side of one. According to their website
On to the islands… They’re simply referred to
As I continued to paddle I saw what looked like a kiosk up onshore along with some plants I’d never seen the likes of before, and although the lot sign I’d just seen had me thinking that they might not encourage exploring, this kiosk dispelled that notion. I just had to get out and look around, and as I did I also noticed some little leaflets available in a box on the kiosk. Opening it up to take one out, I found that these were also contained within a little Ziploc bag! Could these possibly be meant for me to take? I felt a tinge of guilt as I opened the bag to take one out – I wasn’t sure I was worthy of such consideration!
of this taken together had to be one of the most endearing things I’ve ever
experienced in my travels outside of the sight of Tillie’s collar on my
Y’know what these islands are part of? They’re part of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=51660) and these are just a couple of the 22 in their purview. They don’t allow camping here, but you can get out and explore if you like. There are more great beaches too…
From these islands the Ohio River will continue the
slow, right curve it’s been making, and from about mile 395 to the next island
(Brush) down at mile 389.5 the Kentucky side is almost completely farmland, only
to be interrupted as KY Route 8 runs through the community of Concord, Kentucky.
As far as incoming streams, the navigation charts indicated that there were 4 in here, yet none were navigable for me today: Toles Creek, Pences Creek, Montieth’s Run and Sycamore Creek (which entered under a little culvert across from the Killen Power Plant I’ll soon describe).
The most interesting shots I got on this side of the
river were ones of trees with personality. One was surely a “huddle” of
trees in conference to decide what to do. Another looked to me like the
Davy Jones character in Pirates of the
The Donaldson Creek enters in between, and I’ll be
honest – I’m embarrassed to admit that I forgot how far I was able to get back
into this one, but it had to have been about 1/3 mile. As it “S’d” in it
reminded me of another sweet little winding creek on the
The W. Stanley James push boat passed me near this creek. I can’t seem to find out who owns this vessel, but it sure looked great amidst the autumn backdrop! There’s a lot more info about these boats at www.towboatgallery.com, by the way. This is a great site that has some fantastic pictures of these boats. In fact, if you see one and you can get a name on it, this site is almost sure to have pictures of it up along with more info about it. I’ve found the site to be extremely helpful.
As for Wrightsville, there is a paved ramp here but
I’m not sure if it’s public. I also spotted another banner amongst the
little line of houses. Turns out, this is McClanahan’s Ohio River Getaway
and it looks like a great place to spend a vacation on the river (http://ohioriverhideaway.com).
Their website also includes a good deal of information about the area and its
From here the
Interestingly, I’d just passed another of Dayton Powers’ plants (Spurlock) back between miles 404 and 405, and like that one this had quite a bit going on. It was hard to distinguish one part of the operation from another. Likewise, there seemed to be a dedicated towboat here, the Jerry Rose. (The Upper and Little Sister Creeks enter the river just prior to Killen at mile 391, by the way, but I couldn’t decipher them let alone paddle in.
Yet another push boat passed by me now, the Bruce Darst of AEP (American Electric Power - http://www.aepriverops.com/). This was the busiest day yet in terms of these vessels. I encountered 5 in the 8 or so hours I was out.
After I passed the power plant it was decision time:
Could I make it down to
Anyway, of the most interest on my return trip was the color in the foliage, and not just the trees. Some of the grasses at the waters’ edge seemed to be changing color as well, and there were no in betweens here – they went directly from green to a deep yellow! Contrast that with the different yellows, greens, oranges and reds in the trees and you’ve really got a nice collage of color...
Also of interest were all the cute (the best word I can use to describe them) little shad minnows. The river was positively teeming with them and the shimmering on the water you see in the picture below is not the wind or the waves – it’s them! You could also hear their splishy-splash symphony across the water. It really was quite an amazing experience and it gives you an appreciation of how alive this river is!
Anyway, these little guys (and gals) were very pleasant company, and by the time
I got to the western tip of
first I assumed that this vessel would be going either around or between the
islands on the
At last reaching the ramp I was now in complete darkness. It was only a little after 7, for crying out loud! Alas, it’ll soon be time to put my travels on a winter hiatus.
Have to get one more picture in... This was taken as I looked back out onto the river from Donaldson Creek.
After crossing take a right at the “T” (US52) and go about another 10 miles into