When we woke in the morning, everything was so nice and clean after last nights soaking. None of us were in a hurry to take off because the next lock, # 23, is only 3 miles away. This is another sad day. Six-point-nine miles after locking through #23, sv/Orial C will take the north branch at the canal junction and head up the Oswego Canal to Lake Ontario. It was great meeting Glen and Debbie and traveling with them even though it was only for 3 days. They'll be missed. The Canadian cousins on sv/Meridian will continue on the Erie Canal since they are from Port Dover.
(A little story about Orial C that Al and Colette might remember. When we were on the ICW, either SC or GA, we kept hearing people talking back and forth to a sailboat that had lost its expensive stainless anchor. Providence was one of the boats in that pack. Anyhow, it turned out to be Glen and Debbie on Orial C! How close we were to meeting them in the fall!)
Our goal today is to reach a safe haven where we can tie up for the next two days. The winds tomorrow are suppose to blow with gusts up to 38 kts...definitely not good for locking. Tomorrow night they are predicting torrential rainfalls and possibly flash flooding on Friday. Yikes!! We are so close to the west end of the canal and now it looks like a two day delay! So our intentions are to try and make the town of Lyons. They have free tie-up at their city wall with free power and water. Plus, the Fire Station opens its showers to cruisers....nice! Now that we have a destination, we hope we can make the 69.9 miles. It all depends on the time it takes at each of today's 4 locks. Here are a few pictures along our way today:
|this guy came over to the boat for a handout|
|more work on the canal|
|Montezuma Aqueduct remains|
We tied up at Lyon's cement wall behind a Canal Boat. The Colorado couple who were renting the boat, directed us to the Fire Station for our showers. It was just a short walk up the hill from our boats. How generous the Firemen and Firewomen of Lyons are to open their showers for the cruisers...and at no charge! After our showers, we now feel human again and decided to take a walk. Nothing was open at 7 pm except for the corner bar and grill, Growlers. So much for stopping here for a few days because we thought there would be things to do! Ha Ha! We had a good night and HHII is secure but I just can't get the 2 dams that are very close west of us out of my mind...the Erie Canal Dam and the Canandaigua Dam. If we're suppose to get rains that could produce flash flooding, do we want to be below these 2 dams, or above them??? We better think about this tonight!