Cairo!

by Robert Wildwood

There’s always triumph in reaching the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Cairo! I was here last 3 years ago on the boat The Leona Joyce with Paula and Caleb at that point, and the rest of the flotilla. Cairo! Took us three months to get here then. Now, starting from Kansas City, it has taken us a month and a week, with a week holed up in St. Louis waiting for the flood waters to go down, so really just a month on the water, a new boat punk record probably.

    Cairo Illinois, an amazing town of massive old stone buildings and totally decrepit ruins of a once wealthy downtown. The public library, the three story museum, the friendly awesome people, the characters on the street, the piles of bricks on the sidewalks of a former downtown and trees growing out of abandoned buildings with not even plywood to board them up, just open doors and decay.

Drying out the laundry on the bank at Cairo.

Drying out the laundry at our campsite two miles up the Mississippi from the confluence.

 

The confluence of the Mississippi River, comming down from the right, and the Ohio River, at left. Two guys fishing down there. You can see the different colors of the rivers swirling together.

The confluence of the Mississippi River, comming down from the right, and the Ohio River, at left. Two guys fishing down there. You can see the different colors of the rivers swirling together.

 

The lighted coast guard marker at the confluence.

The lighted coast guard marker at the confluence.

 

A muddy boat punk enjoying the hospitality at the Cairo public library.

A muddy boat punk enjoying the hospitality at the Cairo public library.