Gateway Park Marina, North Tonawanda, NY to Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo, NY — August 1, 2014

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Had a good time in North Tonawanda. Gateway Park had another event on Thursday with a couple of singers on either side of the river playing and singing to the crowds along with food trucks all over the place.  Not quite the production of the Wednesday Concert but still a pretty nice surprise for us.

We decided that the forecast for Saturday was good enough to move.  Were thought we could get to Erie, PA.  We got onto the Niagara River and entered the Black Rock Canal.  This Canal is about 7 miles long and has one lock that raises you 5′ to Lake Erie water level.  You do not need to use the lock but the stretch of the river is 7 miles long and drops 5′ in that distance.  That means going against a current of about 7 knots.  We thought the canal was a better choice.

Lots of activity in the canal in that there were at least 6 rowing sculls out practicing along the canal.  I think they use the canal because the water is calm and the only issue would be boat wake and there are not many boats in the canal.

The Black Rock Canal ends at what is called the Erie Basin and the Buffalo River.  We stuck our head out into Lake Erie.  The winds were supposed to die down during the morning and afternoon.  The winds was out of the Southwest and the waves were 3′ to 4′ on the starboard bow.  We decided to go back and find shelter for the night. We called a couple of marinas and did not have any luck.  We went into Erie Basin Marina where we did not get an answer to our phone call and after a quick stop at the fuel dock we got a place on their entrance wall.

Erie Basin is a marina and a park with gardens. The people of Buffalo use the park and it was busy both on land and water during the day.  The wall we are on is on a peninsula that separates the marina from the Erie Basin and Lake Erie. The people like to walk along the peninsula to the end and back.  There were even 3 school buses in the parking lot.  There is a concession stand and a upscale restaurant on site.

For a Friday afternoon there was an awful lot of boat traffic in the harbor.  I wonder if anybody in Buffalo works on Friday, certainly the ones with boats do not.

We took a look at the weather on Saturday morning and there were some thundershowers out in the lake.  They were not near us but the forecast is for scattered thundershowers all day so we will sit till tomorrow. Well we sat on Sunday also because it was raining in the morning and there was the afternoon forecast for pop up showers and thunderstorms.  Monday is supposed to be dry.

Town Docks, Medina, NY to Gateway Park Marina, North Tonawanda, NY — July 29, 2014

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We stayed an extra 2 days in Medina because we needed a new starting battery for the port engine.  One day was because it was Sunday and NAPA does not work on Sunday and it was a good thing we stayed Monday because it started raining on Sunday night about 10 and rained pretty continuous until Monday afternoon.

Tuesday was still gray but not wet, so we called the first bridge and he said he could meet us in about 15 minutes.  We had 5 lift bridges today and 2 locks.

The locks were right next to each other in that we exited the first lock and went into the 2nd.  The 2 locks raised us a total of about 50′.  Lots of people around the lock on the walkways watching the operation, We shared the lock with a tour boat.  I took a couple of pictures.

The trip was pretty uneventful and we had no rain.  As we got closer to Tonawanda the canal got a more urban feeling.  There were a few marinas and a lot more houses along the banks.

It is Tuesday and the day before the Wednesday Concert Series at the Gateway Park.  We have heard about this back on the canal that this can be very crowded.  We pulled up to the dock wall and had help from the women (Valerie) on the boat in front of us.  After we were tied up I was talking to her and found out that where we were we would be about 70′ from the stage and the large, 5′ tall audio speakers. I thanked here for the info and saw that there was a spot about 300′ further down the dock and Valerie helped us tie up a 2nd time.  It was a good thing we moved, while I thought the music was good, it was loud enough where we were. I had asked the dock master if we had to raft boats off us if they requested and he said no, not on this side of the river.

Valerie and her husband Russ have been a help.  They gave a ride to the supermarket and they also supplied us with information on the Niagara River and the restaurants in North Tonawanda. Sure is nice to get local knowledge when you stop in a new town.

We will probably be here until Friday based n the current weather forecasts. The winds will be more than I want to go out on to Lake Erie.  Each day is supposed to have a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday saw a major thunderstorm roll past us to the north as the setup for the concert was underway. We had sun but you could hear the thunder off to the north and then about 4:00 we had a thunderstorm roll thru and it was all gone by about 5:30 and the started the concert a little after 6:00.  It was over by 10:00 and almost everybody was gone by 10:30. Overall it was a good experience but the rain had held the attendance down somewhat.

Town Docks, Spencerport, NY to Town Docks, Medina, NY — July 25, 2014

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Little chilly this morning with temps in the high 50’s.  The sky was clear so it warmed up as the sun moved higher in the sky.  No rain forecast for today so it should be a good day to travel.

We are now in the part of the Erie Canal that has lift bridges.  We had no locks today but we had probably 10 lift bridges.  They have some of the operators handling more than one bridge so if he is not at the bridge you are at you have to wait.  The only one we waited for was in Spencerport, the 1st one.  After he let us thru he went to the next lift bridge to get us thru that one then he called ahead and each operator called ahead to the next bridge for us. It really went quite smooth.

We did pass an aqueduct on the Erie today.  It is the only place on the Erie Canal where a road goes under the canal.  If I had not read about it I probably would have missed it.  Not much to see from the boat.

We did pass several boats headed east today including the 2 canal rental boats that were with us the other day on our way to Spencerport.  A little more traffic today but still not an awful lot.  We saw no other boats going our way or heard of any on the radio.

Some of the canal banks around here have orchards along the side of the canal. I believe we saw apples which appeared to be ripening and another fruit on a vine like plant that was staked in rows and some were 10′ to 12′ high.  These were not grapes and they looked like peaches that were also starting to turn a reddish yellow.

We arrived at Medina and decide that with the dock space available we would stay.  The write-ups indicated that this was better than the next town west which is Middleport.  There were 2 boats there and the gentleman off the sailboat helped us dock at the pump out facility.  The pump out is free in Medina and they house it in a building that looks like an outhouse, complete with the 1/2 moon on the door.  When that was complete we moved back to the wall where the power and water is located.  No charge for any of the services.

We found out the gentleman who helped us is a resident of Medina and his son owns one of the restaurants, Zambistro.  I think we will try it tonight for dinner. He also gave me the layout of where everything is in town and there are quite a few restaurants.

Not sure, but we may stay here 2 days and then head to Tonawanda and the Niagara River.

Town Docks, Fairport, NY to Town Docks, Spencerport, NY — July 23, 2014

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Fairport was nice, but time to move on.  They were predicting a chance of rain and thunderstorms today.  I checked the radar and there was a large rain pattern over Lake Erie headed towards Buffalo but as it got near Buffalo it started to disappear.  After a short while it was all gone so we decided to leave for Spencerport.

We had a lift bridge to wait for to leave Fairport. We were able to call the bridge operator from the dock and while he was preparing the bridge we cast off. The ride on the canal was pretty pleasant and about 1/2 way to the first lock we picked up 2 canal rental boats.  I passed them because they travel at about 5 to 6 mph and I did not want to be held up behind them.

The firsts lock went well with the 3 boats in it but in the second lock we were on our way up and I turned around to see the one canal boat turned almost sideways in the canal.  There was a little wind but I think it was the current and someone in the cockpit did not hold the line at the lock wall. The guy in the front held his line all the way thru this episode. The lockmaster came over and talked to them and the captain was able to set the rudder and put the boat in reverse and get the back end over to the wall.  It was quite a site to see and probably more than a little embarrassing for the captain.

As we passed Rochester NY the skies started to darken and I could see on the radar that some rain had developed.  We ran thru a couple of rain showers but by the time we arrived in Spencerport it had pretty much stopped.

There were 2 other Looper boats in Spencerport and they helped us with the lines at the dock.  One of the boats, In My Element, We had met in 2013 at Green Turtle Bay in Kentucky.  They completed their Loop in November 2013 at Mobile.  They are headed to Duluth on Lake Superior.  They are going to ship their boat home from there to Seattle. The other boat is a catamaran, Egret, with John and Regina from Phoenix AZ. John and Regina started their Loop in Fort Lauderdale and are having a great time.

We ended up going to the Texas Style BBQ with both couples last night.  We had a great time and the food was good. They both left today while we are going to stay another day.

Town Docks, Newark, NY to Town Docks, Fairport, NY — July 21, 2014

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It was a good day to cruise.  The temps were down a little and the sky was mostly sunny.  Not much traffic on the river and we wanted to move a little more west on the canal.

We spent some time talking with Jeff and Sandy who are from Huron Ohio and are on their sailboat Manatee.  They have a dog, Hatch, that is a mixture of Golden, Lab and probably a couple others and he is a great boat dog.  Candy and Hatch got along very well.  They are just cruising the Erie Canal and taking their time.

We went thru 2 locks today and their is not much traffic on the canal.  We did not have any boats with us.  I was concerned that once we got to Fairport that there might not be any wall space because Fairport is a popular spot.  Well wall space was not a problem.  There were a few spots available and we took one on the north wall because that was more convenient to the restaurants.

The north wall also has an ice cream store and the families come down late afternoon and evening to have ice cream and sit by the canal.  They feed the ducks so there are plenty of ducks around and we had them trying to spend time on our swim platform.  I think I was able to discourage them.

We went for dinner at an Irish Pub and the food was good.  It was pretty much all Irish type food and not a lot of American dished available on the menu.

Originally we were only going to stay 1 night but we decided to stay 2 so we could rest up from the locks.

The second day we had a vocalist guitar player on the patio at the restaurant right next to the boat.  He played from late afternoon to about 9:00, so we had a good entertainment.

There are some nice walking paths along the canal banks that are call the canaltrail. Candy and I walked both ways from the docks.  To the west was a park about a mile away that was pretty nice and Candy had a chance to meet a lot of nice people.

 

City Docks, Lyons, NY to Town Docks, Newark, NY — July 20, 2014

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Lyons provided showers and restrooms for the boaters in the Fire Station.  A little unusual because if they go out on a run they lock the station and you need to wait until they get back.  Had a couple of nice conversations with the fire fighter that was on duty.  They pull 24 hour shifts.

We had quite a bit of rain yesterday with some dry periods between the showers.  This morning started with the sky being very cloudy with dark clouds toward the west. Candy and I got our first walk in mostly before the rain started. I checked the radar and there were a couple of rain areas that appeared to be headed our way.  After the first rain passed I kept checking the radar and the 2nd patch of rain started heading more north, so we decided to move to Newark, just 5 miles west on the canal.

We had 3 locks to go thru to get to Newark.  The first lock was just ahead of where we were tied up in Lyons so it was easy to see when he was ready for us.  The sky brightened a little which was good because it made rain less threatening.  Lenore decided to stay on the bow for the locks instead of coming back into the cockpit each time.  Made for less climbing up and down.

The canal was fairly rural with just a couple of cottages on the shores.  We did have a road not to far along the south edge of the canal that provided access to each of the locks.  There were no boats traveling west with us and only 3 eastbound boats that came out of the lock at Lyons so we waited to enter.

As we approached Newark it looked like the wall was mostly full and I was trying to figure Plan B. We approached a little closer and I wanted to look how big the one space was on the wall.  As we were almost there, one of the boats pulled out and there was room for us.  We pulled right in and tied up.

We met up with a couple on a sailboat that we talked with in Lyons and we had 1st met at Ess-Kay Yards in Brewerton.  They had been to Newark before so they gave us some of the layout of what was where.  Newark has a very nice dock area with a park like setting on both sides of the canal.  On the north side is where the power for the boats is located along with the Chamber of Commerce Building.  They have also painted the northeast bridge abutment to appear stone and inserted a life like mural of a room under the bridge.  Look at the picture I took.

There was an open air BBQ going on across the canal from where we were anchored so Candy and I went over to check it out.  They were BBQ’ing chicken diners with the proceeds for the Boy Scouts.  I bought a couple of dinners and they were pretty good.

We also saw a canal rental boat that had been in Lyons yesterday and the people were newbies to boating and had no information on the Erie Canal except some verbal info they got.  I lent them my Skipper Bob Erie Canal Book for the evening so they could look at it and they returned it this morning.

There was a steady stream of boats during the day that passed thru Newark heading east. I am thinking we will stay here tonight and move on tomorrow.  We found out we do not want to be in Tonawanda on Wednesday because they have a band in the park on Wednesdays and there will be lots of people and boats with rafting.  We will probably space the travel out with 4 days to go the last 116 miles.  Sure is nice with the free docks.

Lauraville Landing Park, Clyde, NY to City Docks, Lyons, NY — July 18, 2014

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Nice morning with a cloudless sky, no wind and cool temps.  We are in no rush today because we hope we can get into Lyons, NY which is only about 9 miles from here.

Saw a couple of boats on the canal this morning.  The first was a fisherman that launched in the Lauraville Landing Park. The other looked like a canal rental boat that I noticed when it was already a little past us headed east.

Water was calm and there was no real wind so the ride was pleasant except for the stripped wing flies in the cockpit.  I think we killed about 4.  Hitting them once stuns the fly and a second hit generally does the job.

The canal for the most part the canal is reasonably wide and rural/swampy.  We did not see the heron today, they must have been still sleeping.  We did not pass any other boats except the fishermen that launched in Clyde.

The docks at Lyons had 2 boats and plenty of room.  We fit in along the high wall between the sailboat and a 33′ SeaRay. The cleats have a large spacing between them but the power pedestals do have 50 amp power.

The docks are right downtown and I checked in at the fire station.  The fire station also has the restrooms and showers for the boaters.  Active Captain reviews indicated that if they are out on a call the station will be locked and you need to wait until they get back from the run.

The SeaRay left to head west.  I think we will have good weather and the dock should fill before the end of the day.  This is a real nice perk for the boaters traveling the canal to stop and spend their money at the local merchants and not on dockage. This is different than the eastern half of the Erie Canal (Troy to Brewerton). Kim as Ess-Kay said we would enjoy this section a lot more than the eastern half.

Lyons has a Farmer’s Market on Saturday so Lenore will be going tomorrow.  The market is held in the City Square Park in the center of Downtown. Well  we are going to have Amish cheery pie from the Farmer’s Market.  It was not large Farmer’s Market, but a lot of good local stuff available.

We are going to stay here till at least Sunday so we can avoid most of the weekend traffic on the canal.  All the locals will be out when the weather is nice.

 

 

Ess-Kay Yards, Brewerton, NY to Lauraville Landing Park, Clyde, NY — July 17, 2014

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We went and visited Donna & Jon in Pittsburg and had a great time.  It is easy to get lost in Pittsburg given the fact that the City is laid out based on the mountains and valleys and not a grid.  We took some great pictures from an overlook that shows the 3 rivers, Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio.

When we arrived back at the boat the large yacht Chanticleer (108′ Burger) was tied up.  We saw Chanticleer in the North Channel some years ago.  It had belonged to Francis Langford/Evinrude who had owned the island at the entrance to the Pool at the eastern end of Baie Finn.  They would bring the boat in and power the island from the boat.  The current owner bought the boat in 2006 a year after Francis Langford died.

We were delayed in getting back on the water by the refrigerator.  The fan motor went out and we were able to get it repaired but in the last 5 months we had the fan motor go out on both the freezer and the refrigerator.  The U-Line products are not built with the best of parts.

The delay did, supposedly, get us into some better weather window.  The chance of rain yesterday was about 20% and we ran thru 4 different showers.  None lasted long.

The western part of the Erie Canal has a lot of towns with free dockage and they have water and power at their docks. We were going to stop at Baldwinsville after 2 locks.  Well the wall at Baldwinsville was full and there was no place for us.  We went on and did two more locks with the next town being Clyde. There is quite a distance between Baldwinsville and Clyde because we passed thru the Montezuma Wildlife preserve which is very large.  Lenore did get to see a lot of heron during the trip and at one time there were 3 in the air flying near the boat.  We were disturbing their fishing as we went by.

No boats were at the Clyde docks so we pulled in and tied up. The docks are not large but they are part of a park with a boat launch, pavilion, restrooms and lots of grass for Candy.  The only downer with Clyde is that the town is on the opposite side of the canal and you need to cross on the highway bridge to get there. Nice residential setting just across the street from the park. There is also a steady stream of trains going by but there are no crossings so there are no whistles.

We are going to move on tomorrow to either Lyons, Newark or Fairport.  All the docks are free or maybe $10 for us.

Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY to Ess-Kay Yards, Brewerton, NY — July 4, 2014

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We had a little more rain over night in Oswego and the sky was overcast when we were ready to leave Oswego this morning. The wind was pretty strong out of the Northwest, but that was OK because we are on the rivers/canals today.

We were on our way to Ess-Kay Yards in Brewerton, NY, to get some work done on the boat and while the work is being done were are going to visit Donna & Jon in Pittsburg.

We had a total of 8 locks today, 7 on the Oswego River and 1 on the Erie Canal.  The first lock was less than 1 mile from the Oswego Marina so I called the lock while we were still tied up. He said he would have the lock ready in about 10 minutes and I told him it would take us that long to get there.  As we approached the lock the doors opened and the green light came on.

It was really good today in that we were the only boat headed south and on the Oswego the doors opened as we approached every lock.  This made things a lot easier and quicker.  No waits for hours like the Canadian Locks near Montreal.

The river has some homes/cottages along the banks but for the most part there is a lot of undeveloped low lands for shoreline. There are little towns and villages near or at most of the locks and people watching the boats lock thru.

We had quite a few fishermen out on the water and the pleasure boaters came out later in morning.  I guess they enjoyed sleeping in for the 4th of July.  The Erie Canal from where it joins the Oswego to Brewerton has many homes/cottages on it and a couple of marinas. The speeds were slower because the last mile or 2 into Brewerton was a no wake zone so we slowed it down.

We did see a DeFever Trawler leaving Brewerton that its Port of Call was New Zealand.  It turns out they had just left Ess-Kay Yards and they are heading thru the Erie Canal to Lake Erie, then Lake Huron, the Georgian Bay, down the Trent-Severn Down the St Lawrence to the Richelieu, Lake Champlain and eventually to the Chesapeake to leave the boat until next year as they fly home.

The skies cleared as we got further South and by the time we got to the Erie Canal the sun was out but the winds were still pretty strong.  It was not much of a problem in docking as we had help and the wind was pushing us onto the dock.

Ess-Kay Yard is where we stayed last year and had some work done on the boat.  It is a family run marina that has been around for a long time.  They don’t do the work if it is not necessary.  This is the reason we are back this year because I trust them.  They have a nice lawn area for Candy and we are in a slip right on the Erie Canal.  Even though it is a no wake zone the smaller boats think plowing thru the water doesn’t produce wake, so we rock some during the day.

This will be the last post for about 10 days until we are back from Pittsburg and start to head home.

French Bay Marina, Clayton, NY to Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY — July 3, 2014

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We sat in Clayton for a couple of days because the winds were a little strong and out of the Southwest, the direction we needed to go in to get to Oswego.  Today the winds were predicted to be 5 to 10 mph out of the Northwest backing to west.  I checked the radar and there were a few scattered showers around but we decided to go.  If we did not move today the next opportunity would be Sunday.

Clayton is a pretty nice town and we went to the Wood Boat Brewery Restaurant for dinner last night.  This place is really a pizzeria with a lot of specialty draft beers.  They have only been open about 2 weeks or so but the pizzas were good.  They are specialty pizzas and Lenore was able to get one customized to her taste.

The sky this morning was really gray and we had a couple of showers while we were getting ready to cast off.  Once underway the showers were pretty light and intermittent and after about 10:30 the rain was gone.  The wind was about 5 to 10 mph but out of the Northeast which was great.

It was a pretty good ride and when we were about 1/2 way I checked the radar and there was a pretty good rain pattern around Rochester and it was heading Northeast.  We picked up the speed to try and get to Oswego before the rain.  Well the front was moving fast and we were about 3 miles out of Oswego when the rain started and I called the marina for a slip assignment.  When we arrived inside the main harbor and they met us at the slip to help tie-up. The rain lasted about another 1 1/2 hours and it was heavy at times.

We are staying at the Oswego Marina which is where we stayed last year.  Last year we stayed one night and then crossed Ontario to the Trent-Severn Canal.  This year we are going South taking the Oswego Canal to the Erie Canal tomorrow.

This marina is basically a place for fishermen.  About half of the boats are charter boat ready to take you out on the lake.  They must do pretty well for all these boats to be around here.

Because it was raining when we left Clayton and raining when we got to Oswego the pictures with this post are from my visit to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY.