We spent 2 days doing the Ohio River Scenic Byway.
The byway is across the river from Ky so we crossed the river at a small city called Paduka. Paduka is about 20 miles from the campground and is very small by our standards but pretty big as things go around here. They have lots of restaurants and fast food places and a tv station. (Remember all the campers looking for a place to eat? plus it is on the interstate) It has lots of waterfront on the Ohio with big walls to prevent flooding-wall levees?? It also has a Paneras so we got to check our email. (Believe it or not at times we are having email withdrawl.) Lastly Paduka is the quilting capital of the world with a Quilting museum. We saw at least 5 shops that sell quilting supplies. Nancy (Dale's mom) told us Land Between the Lakes was wonderful-Dale says the quilting museum was probably why she said that.
So the first day we drove south and west along the Ohio untill it merged with the Mississippi. The 2nd day we went north and east along the river until we found a ferry where we could cross back to Ky. It was a free ferry and very cute. It was also very busy. Probably 4 to 8 cars each crossing which takes about 10 minutes.
At one place we found a new dam being built. It looks like they have the locks done, but not much on the dam itself yet. They apparently need most of the pieces done before they start placing them. (It disrupts river traffic a shorter time?). I took lots of picures(and am wondering if Homeland security will be knocking on my door soon). They have been building the dam since 1993. Imagine how long the one in china is going to take. We figue they have to plan it all first and aquire the land. Then clear the land and build the roads. Then build the plant that is fabricating all the metal work framing for the concrete and the plant for making the concrete. Then build the lift things to lift the sections. They do have the locks built so the barge traffic can get around the dam when it gets built-that must have taken time. Dale says some of this could be budget delays from time to time. 20 years and still building the dam. It could be a career for the towns people living nearby.
Lots of very small towns on the Ohio with grain silos and shutes for loading in onto barges. Or gravel, or coal (lots of coal), or lumber or wood chips waiting to be loaded.
So we spent 2 days off and on traveling the Ohio River and exploring incredibly small towns. At one town we could drive along the top of a levee. It was very interesting and very pretty in places.