The current was still light, in the middle of changing,
and Chip Ahoy was just on its way when I turned and found a large barge
bearing down on us, pushed by a tug, followed by another. The barge was
pushing what looked like a big bow wave, which had a surprisingly small
effect. The tug pushed a bigger one.
My biggest concern was making it under the railroad
bridge at the canal's west end without it closing -- its clearance when
down and a train crossing is a mere 7 feet. Holding Chip Ahoy against
the 5-6 knot current with its 8HP Honda until it opened without getting
swept into it would be a challenge. We flew right beneath it.
I enjoyed a short-lived relief -- very short. (Jul.