June 7

We have liftoff! The barrels and I left port in Louisville and covered 35 nautical miles that day. The river was rough, no doubt imparting a lot of flavor into the bourbon as the boat rocked back and forth, just like 150 years ago. We had an average speed of 4.8 knots. It’s been interesting seeing all of the different types of bridges, old and new alike, spanning the Ohio, and I also saw my first riverboat casino. The highlight of the day, though, was going through the McAlpine locks. Traveling 50 or 60 feet downwards in a lock is both a site and feeling to behold. Not a bad first day!