June 5th

Ohio River. More like OhiSLOW River. I had dreams of this big, fast flowing river. Not the case. It is a big river but the current was non existent.  The river is an average of about 3/4 a mile wide at this point. As I come around a bend I just point the nose of my boat at the next bend and head right for it. You know that whole fastest way from point A to B is a straight line. It's actually true. On top of the lack of current I got my first rain shower this morning. It was only a light sprinkle which was actually rather refreshing. But not enough to make the river rise. I had gotten an early jump on the day around 8:30. And yes that is an early start for me. I usually plan on paddling for a few hours and pull over for a break. Stretch my legs, take a bathroom break, and hop back in and keep going. On the Scioto, and every river I have paddled this is easy, you can stop anywhere. The mud banks make it almost impossible. After about 6 hrs I found a small rock beach I thought would hold me. It didn't. I sank about 6 inches. I stood there, peed, and got back in and kept going. The rain was trying to come and was successful off and on. Even when it wasn't raining, the Kentucky hills were rumbling loud. At about 8 hours I was over it. That pick the next turn and paddle for it got shorter and shorter. I would pick a tree on shore and try and make it there.  After a while that wasn't even enough. I started picking out pieces of drift wood and just tried to make it there. Some times they were even just 5 feet in front of me. That helped. 11 hours I made it to the campground and the lady let me stay under a pavilion for free and it made it all worth it. It's a lot like being in recovery. The thought of never drinking or doing drugs the rest of my life is hard to grasp. But when I break it down to just one day at a time that's a little more doable. Sometimes that's not even enough. Sometimes I have to take it an hour at a time, a minute at a time, even a second at a time. By doing that, it makes it a lot more doable. But at the end of the day, if I can lay down without drinking or using then it's all worth it.