Allen's great circle trip

Locking In and Out
 as narrated by 
Lee Swink

Elegant Living Indoors and Out.
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Our proposed course to the Kentucky lock and Dam.
11/3/2003

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We approach the lock.

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As we approach the lock we use the VFH radio to call the lock master on channel 14. He's the boss. We are instructed to tie up to a barge to the right of the lock and wait for HIS CALL.

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He is in charge.

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We come along a barge to tied up to..

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As we are tying up the lockmaster is busy bringing down barges from Kentucky Lake.

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After a two hour wait we begin the process of enter the Kentucky Lake Lock and Dan.

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Before entering the lock we keep an eye on the traffic light. Flashy red- Keep clear, Amber-The lock is being made ready. Flashing green-enter lock with caution..

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We enter the lock looking for either a floating bollard or a series of stationary bollards.

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enter_lock4.jpg (12190 bytes) Fenders are place to keep the boat from scraping along the sides of the lock. It's time to hold on to the line.
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We nestled up close to the lock wall

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Lee throws out the line over a bollard.

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Our line is wrapped around the floating bollard 

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 The long float up the lock, 57 feet, which will take about 25 minutes.

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The gate closed behind us and water begins to enter. Causing turbulent currents. "Hold That Line" Allen Yells..

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As the two of us hold on we look at the boat behind us lose a fender and the four crew members struggle to hold their boat to the wall. 

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We watch the water rise.

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and rise.

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The Lockmaster gives one long deafen blast on the whistle and then, not before, we can unleash our line and exit the lock..

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Here we are at Kentucky Lake, one more body of water waiting for us to conquer it.

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