Day 3

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Sarah and the kids dropped me back off where I ended yesterday. Harper took a quick shot of Sarah and I before I paddled toward Wheeling West Virginia. Harrison (Bubby) photo bombed us:) This trip has been a good measure of our family. Not only does it feel strong, it feels like we're deepening our identity - More than Conquerors. I watched my Dad lead our family so I'm thankful to continue that legacy.  He modeled the way not only by being strong and reliable like a train. He was equaly selfless and supportive.  My Dad engineered a strong family design with a foundation cemented in unshakable faith. His iron beams was his how he treated my mom. He was married to my incredible mother for 40 years.  Sarah and my Mom have a lot in common so it was natural for my Dad to encourage me to, "put a ring on it" when I was dating Sarah. His advice always aligned with my original design. I knew Sarah was the one the second I ran into her at 45 East in Oxford Ohio 14 years ago. 

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I was paddling by this power plant and a guy in a hard hat waved at me from the very top. Short after this, I noticed a massive nest on top of a tree. I then noticed a large bird with a white head. I heard Bald Eagles were making a comeback on the Ohio. One of the best wildlife encounters so far. 

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Water level is still high but not nearly as rough as yesterday.  

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Coming up on Pike Island Lock & Dam. Although the first Lock wasn't bad at all, I still dont enjoy the process. 

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The Lock master was nice. He told me to wait for the sound of the horn and a green light. 

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I entered into the chamber which feels like a giant water coffin. The gates behind me closed and the Lock Master told me to tie up myself so I held on for dear life. The water dropped 18 feet! 

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I was flying today! I made it to Wheeling around 2:30pm which shocked Sarah when I called her. I paddled beneath the 27O bridge, I remembered driving over it a few days prior. I eagerly looked out the window trying to take as many mental notes as I could with a short glance. I noticed it was very choppy. Well, it was even choppier up close. It felt like I was on the ocean. A few waves where high enough to partially crash into the cockpit. There were a ton of barges in this area and that's probably the reason for the high swells. I decided to just get through it so I powered down river another 7 miles so I had smoother water to start tomorrow. 

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It gets lonely out there. Sarah and the kids broke the loneliness when  they met me 35 miles from where we started the day. We Conquer!