|Marker for canal on east side of lake|
Just as we got back in the canal and were enjoying checking out the small marinas, we came upon a suction dredger........completely blocking the canal. Chuck hailed them on channel 13 and they moved their barge so we had a narrow passage. Reminded us of Geneva when the dredge is sitting in the channel!
The rest of the day started to go downhill. Somewhere between Rome and lock 20, we twice bumped into things that were submerged...probably logs and they weren't hard bumps. Then near lock 20 their was a shovel on a barge anchored near the middle of the canal apparently waiting for the rest of their crew. Guess what? We found the rest of their equipment and men. A tug and a barge had just come up in lock 20, so we had to wait until the tug slowly pushed the barge out of the way so we could enter. What a day so far! To top the day, the walls of lock 19 were so low that the pipes and ropes were really hard to grab with our boat poles...and of course the winds started to gust and worked against us...but we managed to maneuver in the lock and got situated for the ride down. Leaving the lock we hit something hard and we were in 13 feet of water! Not good. This side of the canal has a lot of trees down, logs and other debris all along the edges of the banks.
After a long day, 61 miles on the water and nothing seeming to go quite right, we decided to pull in and call it a day at the Village of Ilion Marina.
This marina was along the canal with a high cement wall and in front of a motorhome park and a nice little café. It was $1 per foot and they had HOT showers, electric, water, laundry, and wifi. Just what we needed.