Erie Canal



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From Tonawanda we went to Lockport for our first canal lock.  Everything went well. We were followed by tour boats. Down Erie Barge Canal we go. Lots to see. Different views every few miles. Not much traffic. We arrived at Middleport. Nice spot with showers. The Lock Masters are very helpful.

Coffee on the foredeck. [6.6 Mb AVI ]

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At Medina, near Middleport, the canal is an aquaduct and passes over the creek below. [AVI]

She's beoming an old hand at this locking process!
Central New York State becomes more hilly and has more farming. Until now the canal is often higher than the country side. Canal and trains seem to go together in New York state. [2.5 Mb AVI] One of many canal boats for rent that we saw. Looked like fun! [2.8 Mb AVI]




On leaving Brewerton we crossed Oneida Lake along with "Urger" - great name for a tug. We moved through 5 locks to Little Falls and arrived for the kickoff of Canal Days. Races & BBQ chicken. We indulged. [8.9Mb AVI]

 Evening fireworks in honour of Canal Days. Great display!

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 Immediately on leaving Little Falls we went through the lock with the greatest drop - over 40 feet. Dark inside!  Lock 17 was large on the outside too!





Along the way we bumped into the tug Honey - or nearly as they were aground across the canal. We were told this was common for them. Next was Amsterdam. This was West Main Street. The car was really on the top of the chimney. Much train noise all night. An Amsterdam sunset between trains. One of the more beautiful lock views.  We were invited for lunch but had to pass as the dock was too shallow!





Arriving at Guard Lock 2 it wasn't only the geese you could see! The deck wash was pressed into service on the dock. Heather would understand from her job at PCYC! We had motored through more rain so comfort food was in order. Our first spagetti dinner, Rae.   She said she was on this cruise for the food. And of course a good nights rest. The quilt is a memory quilt made by Heather - all photographs. We head down the last 3 miles of the canal with 5 locks. No stopping over night here. Then we enter the Hudson River at Troy. A new chapter.