September 20, 2015 – Sunday – Cumberland Towhead to Green Turtle Bay Marina – 33.8 statute miles traveled

With a shorter run today we left the anchorage at 0800. A short way up the Ohio brought us to the Cumberland River. It turned out the Cumberland River also was flowing 1.5 to 2.0 mph so it was a slow slog up to the Barkley Lock and Dam.

This is a beautiful little winding river. We had no tow traffic and only a couple of fishing boats went past us. We saw deer and many birds along the way. We noticed that the further up river we went the faster the current was running against us.

Making our way up the Cumberland River.

Making our way up the Cumberland River.

Ideal weather, Vicki water and solitude on the Cumberland River.

Ideal weather, Vicki water and solitude on the Cumberland River.

As we approached the Barkley Lock I called ahead on channel 12 to find that the Lockmaster had no traffic and would prepare the chamber for our arrival and open the doors. We had to slow down a little but were able to cruise right in. We took the side of the lock on our starboard and Namaste took the side on their port. This is a huge lock and there were only the two boats so we were lost in there.

Barkley Lock with Namaste in the distance

Barkley Lock with Namaste in the distance

Upon arrival at Green Turtle Bay Marina we pulled into the fuel dock and loaded up 66 gallons of diesel before heading to our assigned slip. While at the fuel dock I was told the reason the current on the Cumberland increased as the day progressed is that the dam hydro plant used more water to create more electricity as demand increased during the day.

Vicki was excited because the person handling our mail on Orcas had sent a box of mail to Green Turtle Bay Marina for us so she was able to go though our important mail. We relaxed for the rest of the afternoon and then went to dinner at the Cumberland Yacht Club.

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