Today was an easy day from a distance point of view as we decided to only travel about 50 miles to Louisville, Kentucky and stage ourselves for a huge day tomorrow as we may try to do up to 200 miles. We took advantage of the relatively short distance and multiple fuel stations to do a little miles/gallon benchmarking in the hope Barb might accept full speed ahead was our most efficient run rate. There was good news and bad news! The good news is running at 22 knots is about 40% more efficient than running at 15. The bad news is that running at 7 knots is even MORE efficient getting us up to 2.5 miles/gallon. While that latter number is interesting to know for emergency purposes, a friend of mine once said he had more money than time. I agree, so we’ll not be doing a lot of 7 knot cruising! Not to mention driving an I/O at 7 knots is a pain.
The barge traffic is picking up in both volume and size. Biggest so far is a tug pushing a raft of barges four wide and five deep. I have no idea how they control the load,
but we weave around and between barge traffic as we go, monitoring the radio. Today we heard Barb getting called out for “sneaking around” one down bound barge as that barge captain talked to an upbound captain to warn him of the “pleasure craft” coming around his stern! Can’t leave the helm for a moment!
We have yet to figure out riverside construction. This huge river apparently can get up to 20′ higher than it is right now. Some people own rv’s they drive away, others have homes right on the current riverbank while others build like this.
Of course the boat is not the only thing in need of refueling at the end of the day!