August 3 Brewerton to
The big feature of this hunk was a long grind across
Back on it at first light to avoid motoring during some of the hot part of the day. The mornings are actually pleasant but after about 10 or 11 it is impossible to get out of the heat. We had planned to stop and Little Falls but there is no overnight tie-up. We did stop briefly and walk around a little. Our early starts allow this and still make more distance in the afternoon. We found a little café for a snack and walked around a little. Another old river town trying to make a comeback and falling just a little short.
The St Johnsville Marina and Campground office!
We had hoped that while we were dinning the boat would have cooled off. No such luck. There is virtually no wind down the canal and we are even tucked in a little off of that. Another hot night. Why didn’t I buy those little fans like I said I was when outfitting the boat?
August 5 St. Johnsville to
We slept in a little if you call that sleeping. We needed fuel anyway and Bernie was to open around 8. Gave us time to do some laundry and write a little. Another fairly uneventful motor down the canal with the occasional lock. Seems the distances we are covering take us through about 4 locks a day. Following this travelogue there is a larger essay on
The Crescent Boat Club
We had planned to tie up at the wall in the little town of Crescent which would only leave us a couple of miles to the “Waterford Flight” which is the name given to the last 5 locks which you do end to end with no real distance between them. We wanted to do those when we were fresh. The wall in Crescent was pretty scary and mostly taken up by a giant barge so we back tracked (yes, the captain went backwards!) to a little place called, Crescent Boat Club. What a great find! Our hostess, Noreen, shared lots of info about the last few locks and about navigating on the
We are on it at 6:30. First locking isn’t until 7 anyway so no point in going any earlier than that. Not much traffic and each lock is green for us and we go right through. We are pretty sick of locks having done 38 of them since leaving Lake Erie through the
The last lock and the visitor's center
Not long after the visitor center you come to where the Erie Canal meets
Here’s a fun thing to do…when I meet people in
How you can tell you’ve made it out east
- The altitude on the gps reads ZERO! We’re essentially at sea level!
- We have Midwestern ‘accents’!
Double click for a big version...it really says 0 feet for altitude!
Oh, you can double click any picture to get a big version too.
The river is nice and wide and once you get south of the industrial south side of
By early afternoon we pulled into the Castleton Boat Club. Not unlike the Crescent Boat Club, this place is full of very friendly and helpful people. We can stay tied to their pier for $30 a night and use their crane for our mast for another $50. We had a couple of Labatts (our new Old Style) and two lunches in their clubhouse bar. A true club, they take turns being in charge of the food. Today’s lunch was a chicken breast, pasta salad, fruit salad, roll and desert for $5.00. Nice…oh and the Labatts are $1.00. This will be a fine place for me to work on the boat while Sue goes back to
We’ve been 55 days out of
Later in the day we also met a couple who have been cruising away from the states for 20 years on their steel sailboat. Now that they’ve come back and have cruised up the east coast they find that it is all “ruined”. Although they didn’t seem all that old, they had the attitude of old people who fall into the ‘all change is bad’ routine. They claimed (I sense a little drunkenly) that there is NO PLACE TO ANCHOR anywhere on the east coast of the