Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Melvin Price locks and dam

Toward the end of our ride with Charlene and Pat Saturday, we stopped to tour a free museum (I guess you’d call it a museum) and learned quite a bit about barges, and how they navigate through the locks on the Mississippi River.  To read about why locks and dams are important, click HERE.



There’s an area where people can watch the barges as they make their way through the locks.  We witnessed this at another location one time, but on this occasion, we went inside to see what the museum at the Melvin Price site had to offer. 

We found a sort of video game that lets you navigate a barge through the locks, and Pat decided to try his hand at it while we looked on.


He gave it a good try, but didn’t finish in time.


In this shot, he’s navigating the barge toward a bridge under which he’ll have to pass without crashing.


Careful, Pat!  You don’t want to lose all the grain on that barge!



We’d had a great ride and a good time, but at this point we were ready to call it a day. 

Once we were back at the house, the men went to fetch some of the best pizza I’ve tasted in my life.  Normally, if it isn’t Pizza Hut pizza, I don’t care for it.  I’d give the place a plug if I knew the name of it!


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What fun you all had. Nice you have them to ride with too. It always seems the more the merrier.

Paula said...

Always fun to read about your rides and what you do and see even though I wouldn't get on a motorcycle for anything. I like Pizza Hut's personal pan supreme when Its just me.