Great travel day. Early start after deciding to not leave Beaver River yesterday because the next lock had a 3 hr traffic jam/wait One of the two chambers was closed/broken. Less than a 10 min wait for each of the 3 locks we did today though so that was the right decision–especially on a hot day and with potentially impatient travelers. (FYI now the locking tie-up system is is different… Easier but different which means learning a new method!
Tonight at “mile post ” 102 of the Ohio River at Moundsville, West Virginia . The state of Ohio is on the right bank (down-bound ) and West Virginia is on the left bank . Docked at “Prima Marina” which amounts to a gas dock w some extra cleats to tie up to, a questionable power outlet and a smoke-filled restaurant /bar up the bank — not very prima.
A nice guy hanging around the bar named Tom gave us a ride to the laundromat with some tourist sites along the way: a modern (aka a building built in the last 20 years — a now closed telecom center and the also now -closed, but certainly more historically interesting the original state pen (built in 1866 (remember when the Civil War was? ) and closed in 1995 as well as the definitely historical namesake Mounds ( largest ancient burial grounds of the Adena dating back to 250 BC.) Tom even picked us up after we finished at laundromat and swung by the grocery store with us for a a few things… including a 6 pack for Tom !
The State Penitentiary entrance–actually occupies about 3 x 6 blocks; the Adena mound; and Tom, in the car, not cooperating with a photo-op in front of the State Pen.
We did miss going to the Paranormal After-life Museum though! Seriously –it’s number 3 on Tripadvisor in Moundsville.
Since we had a nice taco salad on the upper deck as we boated along and since it was so hot (90+ degrees) , when Nick offered to “take me out to dinner” at the restaurant/bar to take in the locals, I jumped on the opportunity to get bathed in smoke.
Remember the Forrest Gump scene with Bubba talking about shrimp about 1000 different ways? Well we had a similar Saturday night live type performance at the bar as we eaves-droped on four people talk about how they like their hamburgers cooked: medium rare or medium. The conversation lasted, and I kid you not, 25 minutes. Can’t imagine how long the conversation would’ve gone on if they’d added in discussing rare and well done too. But we enjoyed ourselves and chatting with a few other people at the bar as well. My medium rare mushroom and Swiss cheeseburger was perfect!
You know you’re not in Washington when:
All I can say to that is: GO HAWKS and GO M’s!