Hang a left at the Ohio

After sailing for the better part of a week at a crisp 14 knots, we came to the Cairo, Illinois area where the Ohio River dumps into the Mississippi. We took a hard left onto the Ohio and began to chug upstream. Lots of river! It seemed even wider than the Big Muddy. Maybe it was — it seemed to be at a dramatically high flood stage. When we arrived at Lock and Dam 52 we expected a locking delay, but discovered that all of the dam and most of the locks were well under water. The lockmaster confirmed there was plenty of room under our keel and we just sailed right over the dam.

Swinging at anchor:

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