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JULY 4, 1996

 

THE BIGGEST LITTLE TOWN ON THE RIVER

Arrived in Smithland Ky at approx 1330. The whole town was out to celebrate Independence Day, they were also waiting on me. The word over the past 65 days in the newspapers, tv and radio was this guy swimming down the river, to save it. Yeah right!! But that is what I wanted to do. The river was not getting any attention so I did the only thing I could think of at the time. As I was getting closer I was noticing people on the bridges on the approach to town. I could feel the tugging of the Ohio, but I just wanted to get in the boat. I was exhausted. I'd been swimming practically non stop for 10 weeks. At least 8 hours a day in the water if not more on some days. Mike Walton called on cell phone and said he had rented a plane and was flying overhead somewhere and was going to land at the local airport. Thank God Smithland was at the mouth of the river. Anybody that has ever come up or down this river is welcome here, the town makes sure of that. I must still be from the day when so far off the beaten path this little town depended on river traffic. After swimming to shore I was initiated into the Buzzards Roost, given a key to the city, a trophy and a heck of a welcoming party. Thanks to all who gave. I could not have done one mile without your help and continued support. Cumberland Warrior. savethecumberland@comcast.net