We saw a bunch of AIS signatures stopped along the banks near the lock. "We might just luck out! They aren't moving." Besides, there are stretches along the Ohio where many tows that worked for this or that power company were parked on the banks, not moving. But alas, these were tows, all waiting for the lock. And given we are just a small PC, we were gonna wait, too.
For about 4 hours.
|While anchored small storms surrounded the area.|
The great news is that we were able to drop and anchor during that time, just outside the channel. We ate, Russ took a nap, I played games, we did the dishes... So it all worked out.
The lockmaster called us up, asking us to tie up on the wall close to the doors. The plan, as we understood it, was that the tow behind us was going to park on the wall with us, so we had to scooch as far forward as we could, right up to the lock doors. The tow captain, however didn't follow us and tied off on the larger wall. While no longer necessary, it was thrilling seeing the doors that close. In the video below watch the water -- you'll see it being lowered.
|Downtown Augusta, KY|
That made up for a long and hot day.
Total Lock count: 20