Day 78 ... July 7, 2017 ... 21.1 miles and 6 locks in 7.5
Lock 11/12 Wall, Campellford, ON to Lock 18 Wall, Hastings,
|waiting on the Blue Line for the lock to drain water and open for us|
a day ... what a long, tiring day for all 3 f us. We were on the water moving
before 9am only to be stopped at the first lock, #13, to wait for 7 boats to
lock up ahead of us. And, the trend continued the rest of the day. We waited at
every lock entrance for others to finish locking thru and then wait for the
lock to release the water for us to enter, lock up and continue.
|Canal between more open waters or river|
|going past Campbellford Town Docks|
Looper friends on the walls each side
|tranquil at times|
|leaving a lock|
was such a good girl. She has really settled into a nice groove being patient,
hanging out and napping as we start and stop, six times over. Her being settled
while we handle locking means I do not have to worry about her and that makes
is a tiny sandy beach close by, so I am sure she will have swim time again.
But, not tonight ... we are all too tired.
|COOL boat house and waterfront patio!!|
|making the turn into Hastings|
town of Hastings is right at the dock ... or is the dock right at the town of
Hastings? Either way, like most of towns on the Trent Severn Waterway, they are
right by the locks and really like the boaters to stop and shop. There is an
ice cream shop on the corner ... pretty sure we will hit it before our dinner.
Well, that one closed at 5 and we didn't make it. So, after dinner we went to
the one across the bridge.
|Sunset at Hastings; see the tent??|
Canadians really do use their parks and waterfront; which is really built for the public to use!!
TWO Near Disasters ... The Current is Swift at times and in places by the locks from the dams
|See how close the dam is to us??|
See the wall this side of the flags suspended on a cable?
Night before we arrived a trawler trying to get to that Blue Line wall to wait for the lock opening (in the am)
was pulled by the dam current around the wall and towards the dam. they hit that wall, broke the safety cable
then hit the other side of the wall as they were swept around and towards the dam
luckily were able to throttle up and get back upstream and anchor in the lake, but needed a diver to unwrap the prop & cable
Dam was shut down for a few hours while a new (what you see) temporary cable was strung
NOW, this wasn't the boat owners on the boat. Boat had just been bought and 3 men were on delivery with the boat to the owner. Humm ... glad it wasn't my boat.
THEN, while we were there a gal on a SeaDoo wasn't paying attention, didn't see the current and she was swept around the wall, hit her back on the temp cable, heading backwards to the dam. Others with her yelled GIVE IT ALL YOU CAN and she hit it and escaped upstream to safety but was scared and near collapsed on the handlebars of the SeaDoo. Took her a while to calm down, then, as she re-approached the wall she almost did it again.
|this is the dam the boat and SeaDoo almost were swift to|
|this is the current downstream which affect us as we went into the lock wall area (to left) as, this current wraps around that adjoining wall too|
Day 79 ... July 8, 2017 ... 00 miles
Lock wall 18, Hastings, ON
day with laundry to do, some prep cooking for travel days ahead and just plain relaxing to do after yesterday. Cally
needs a swim.
|Cally getting dried off after a swim|
|Cally exhausted after the swim|
Day 80 ... July 9, 2017 ... 38 miles in 6 hours
Hastings, ON to Peterborough, ON
|More open water & less locks today!!|
|a few nice days in a row ... WOW|
the move today from lock wall 18 to lock wall 19 in Peterborough; home of the
famous Peterborough Lift Lock. It is the tallest hydraulic lift in the world,
at 65'. There are two "pans" of water that go up and down. This time
we will drive into the lock, grab the same style cables, as all the other TSW
locks, put a line around the cables from the bow and stern. Only we will not
slide up the cable hold the boat ... we just hold the boat as the water in the
pan doesn't move, the entire pan gets lifted 75' in the air.
|Our spot for the night at lock wall 20; on the low side|
|looking back from the lock to our spot for the night|
|The famous Peterbrough Lift Lock|
one pan of water up and one down ready to let out a bunch of kayakers
yes, they raise and lower for canoes and kayaks, too
|the lift mechanism |
|view from the top of the up stream approach walls to the lift|
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