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.