Day 56 … Thursday,
June 15, 2017 … 16.75 miles traveled/ 4 hours, 15 minutes
Scotia, NY to Riverlink Park, Amsterdam, NY
left the docks at Scotia by ourselves. 1 boat is staying to catch up with old
friends that live nearby. 1 boat hasn’t decided what they will do, or where
they will go, yet.
|Sign in is on the honor system; you fill out the form, put $30 in the envelope with form|
and drop in the locked box. FREE wifi code is on the pamphlet with all the info on businesses you can walk to from here
|Kia Mae, Bad Habit & Lab Partners at Scotia Docks|
|a girl has to do what a girl has to do ...|
once we dock, she is the first priority
|wonderful grass amphitheater; Free concerts on Wednesday nights in the summer |
|Couple of the Show Team members out for a spin Wednesday night|
might be the 2nd nice travel day we’ve had … the sun is out and it
isn’t too hot. Today, part of the Erie will be on the Mohawk River and in the
canal. We did 3 locks today … we were the only ones in the lock each time. These
were smaller lifts of only 8’-17’ each. There were no long waits to enter any
of the locks; so, travel went well and faster than expected.
|dam to the right; lock to the left|
vessels get priority and can take up the entire lock themselves … sometime you
have to wait for the “big guys” to go thru. Sometimes they “double lock”
meaning a tug pushing 2 barges will put one barge in the lock, while the other
is tied up by a wall outside the lock. He takes the barge down, ties it up
outside the lock, goes back in the lock and UP; then gets the other barge and
comes down with it. Then, hooks back up to both and moves along. Not a fast
process. Each “locking” (raise or lower) is 20-30+ minutes plus time to enter,
get boats set up & exit.
|Someone has to keep an eye out|
|working barge being pushed by a tug|
|Canal Tug pushing a working barge|
Day 57 … Friday,
June 16, 2017 … 00 miles
Riverlink Park, Amsterdam,
buddy boats left today … the 3 we had brownie sundae with last night at the
restaurant here by the docks. None have dogs aboard. Traveling with a dog in
the rain isn’t fun, especially in wet/rainy locks.
bit of amusement … one of the working canal barges came through with piles of
logs/debris they had picked up. They also picked a long piece of tree off 2
buoys it snagged and drug; then they reset the 2 buoys and went further
|Working canal barge clearing debris, despite the weather|
Day 58 …
Saturday, June 17, 2017 … 22.5 miles; 3h, 40m
Riverlink Park, Amsterdam,
NY to Canajoharie, NY
|Lab Partners leaving Amsterdam|
Kia Mae staying a bit longer & took our pic for us
we did 3 more locks (12’, 11’ and 8’ rises) with 3 other boats. The Erie is
scenic, but NOT like the Hudson.
|Yellow boom across the river stopping ALL traffic|
|Rubber ducks were set out to watch them "race" across ???? WTF|
sir; they closed the river for hours for a rubber duck race.
wasn’t a spot for us on the floating wall, so we rafted up with our friends on
Day Dream, Pat & Patty Anderson on their C-Dory 25. The river opens up, the
boats waiting to travel up river clear out. 3 Boats on the floating dock shift
back so we can fit on the dock for the night and not have to get Cally across
Day Dream to get to shore. They have a dog and a cat on board. Things could
have gotten very interesting. Yay team!!
|Friends on Day Dream allowed us to raft up until we could figure room to get docked|
boats come up with no place to go. Boats start rafting. We have a Swedish
couple’s boat, we met the night before in Amsterdam (NY), rafted to us. They
are so fun & interesting. As a show of thanks they invite us over for a
beer. More join in, and more join in and before you know … there must have been
14 people up on their flybridge. Now, that is how you have docktails!! And, I
forgot to take any pics. L
|Boats waiting for the "race" to end can only idle about until all is cleared again|
the river was closed for 3+ hours
|Once the river opened, boats moved on and we could jockey about to get a spot on the |
FREE floating dock with FREE power!
|An Amish man came by horse and buggy to fish at the canal/river edge|
Day 59 … Sunday,
June 18, 2017 … 19.5 miles; 5h, 15m
town docks, Canjoharie,
NY to Little Falls Rotary Park Marina
to move on, but there are a lot of boats here and we have a boat rafted to us.
That means we cannot go until they go. Of the 16 or so boats here this morning,
all but 5 are gone. We leave with a group of 3; a boat we do not know and the
boat that was rafted to us, Amika. The owners of Amika are a Swedish couple who
bought the boat in Florida and are doing the loop in her. They are quite a fun
and interesting couple. Hope to catch up to them again.
this many boats leaving one spot and us at the tail end … we doubt we will get
a space on the dock we intend to head to today. That is the part that still is
hard for me; not knowing we definitely have a place to stop for the night. Since
we might have to travel further than we would like, Cally gets an extra quick
walk this morning.
Locks today; 3 are like they have been (8’- 21’ rise) and 1 is a 41’ rise. Lock
17 is the highest lift on the Erie Canal, not the highest lift we will have on
our journey. This lift also has a gate that rises and lowers (like a
guillotine) wherein the rest, so far, have doors that open and close.
|Cally & I waiting in the shade for the next lock to be ready for us|
|boats tied to the lock approach walls waiting for the lock to become available|
we approach Lock 17 … there are 4 boats on the wall waiting to enter the lock
which is still closed. Shortly the lock doors open, 3 boats come out, including
a tour boat. The 4 boats on the wall leave and enter the lock. Our morning
flotilla plus a sailboat we picked up along the way, take our positions on the
lock wall to wait. This give us a chance to get Cally off the boat for another
walk. It is so blasted hot & humid, I sit with her under the bridge in the
shade. The lock raises the earlier boats, takes on boats from the other side,
lowers to let them out and past us. THEN, we can enter the lock.
|Once up, the view .... could be grassy park like setting|
|once up, the view???? could be a dam|
never know what you will see when you raise up over the lock … it’s always
different. This time as we start to exit the lead boat comes to a stop … not
good - no brakes on boats. The next boat comes to a stop, we come to a stop and
we notify the sailboat not to let go of their position on the wall until we 3 start
going again. Not a lot of room to maneuver and idle. We were worried they
snagged their dinghy they were towing or have engine/thruster problems, but it
was a very long and large log stretching most of the way across the exit. The
lock master grabbed a long pike and expertly moved it to the side and held it
for us to all leave.
|2 Boats ahead leaving a lock|
|Sailboat behind us with a family of 4|
|the 2 boats in front STOP ... WTF ... see the log to the right by the lockmaster|
|Lockmaster has all under control for us to move on freely|
where are we going … less than a mile from that last lock is our preferred stop. Will there be a spot???
And, getting space on a dock and with electric is important, as a day or two of
rain (and heavy rain) are forecast.
|scenery changes at every turn it seems|
|just around this bend ... will we have a slip or not???|
or, will we have to move on further???
There are spots. The 2 boats in front of us and our boat all pull in. We have a
spot to ride out the weather and take Cally ashore for her business.
|Front porch was added to the terminal building in the reno|
|SO, SO pretty and much quieter than the last 3 stops|
no train whistles
|Park setting by the docks for Cally to play|
|looking back at the terminal building|
are not on a floating dock, like we have been for many weeks. This time we are
at a concrete wall which is much higher. This is how Cally’s ramp is positioned
to get her off the boat here.
|Note, this time we are lower than the wall so Callys ramp is actually OVER the handrail|
she comes on board on the " 2nd level"
Day 60 … Monday,
June 19, 2017 … 00 miles
Months living full time aboard a 36’ boat … so far so good. Weather isn’t
perfect, we are sitting a 2nd day at Little Falls because of rain
and flash flood warnings. Gees, sure seems like it is either dreary/cold/raining
or so blasted hot you melt. A bit of the nice weather would be fun. So, another
day for chores like pumping out the boat, laundry and boat washing.
park here is, again, very pretty. As the boat traffic on the Erie Canal changed
from commercial barges & tugs to more pleasure craft; some, if not all, of
the water front towns have built docks, parks or marina parks. The town
docks/marinas are FREE or very inexpensive (as compared to full service
marinas). Some have just docks at a park like setting (Scotia), some have docks
with electric power (Canjoharie; some also with water) for us. Some like Little
Falls have a building with ice & ice cream, laundry, 4 bathrooms and 2
showers PLUS a lounge with TV to relax and hang out in. There are trails
through the area to this park; many locals walk the trails and also take
advantage of the bathrooms and large porch to rest up.
building was originally a Canal Terminal Building; fancy way to say warehouse,
in the winter it housed the buoys (like the ones marking our route through the
waters today). The buoys must be picked up each winter and reset each spring. See pic below for how they mark where the buoys go back each spring. When weather allows, the canal will announce the opening of the canal for the
season. Today, ½ is the lounge/bath area and ½ is original warehouse space they
rent kayaks from to explore the canal. The renovation occurred in 1992, with
the local Rotary Club putting up the funding of the reno and porch extension.
|The spots for the buoys are marked along the canal sides.|
Sometime it is a sign, sometimes a large painted rock and other times it is both.
Day 61 …
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 … 25.1 miles; 4 ½ hours
Rotary Park to Lock 20, Erie Canal
we left Little Falls (such a nice stop!!), went thru 3 locks and ended up on a
FREE wall outside of the 3rd and final lock of the day – Lock 20.
A nice park for Cally to run and play, secure spot for the night … right by the lock.
|Docked on a FREE wall right at Lock 20|
|Buddy Boat, Firestorm, on the other side of the canal from us|
we can walk across the top of the lock doors to go see them
|Park by the lock ... Lab Partners to the right|
|Park with pavillion|
|a boat in the lock after we came thru and docked|
she will rise up to our water level and then go past us
|lock doors closed; lock master ready to fill the lock|
|View from the lock back to Lab Partners, right, and Firestorm, left|