Total Distance: 218 nm
Day on Erie Canal 4th
This morning we left at 730am as we thought we were going to have a long day.
|Fairport LB with the rain to come in the background|
|M/V Valentine in Lyons, NY|
|M/V Valentine from top of hill|
Phil got a call from Captain Dave, who was on his way back from Newport, RI to set up a place to meet us. With Lyons being on the intersection of Rt 14 and Rt 31, which goes to the NY turnpike and it being a nice town with a grocery store close by, we decided to stay even though it was only 1230pm.
After we ate we decided to go to the grocery store as I had a list started. We were able to stock up on some fresh meat and other essentials and we used one of our sail bags that I had made, each taking a handle to carry it home. It was a good thing we went when we did, as there were dark clouds from the west and sure enough another rain storm came and went in about a hour. We then decided to take a walk around town. They are known for the Peppermint Museum - unfortunately it's only open on Saturdays. But we did peak in the windows. As usual in small towns, there were a lot of places that closed down at 3-4pm. There is also an old movie theater that has been renovated, which is also closed until Sept 17 for maintenance. They usually have a movie at 7pm. Lyons is also know for the many murals that are painted on the buildings around town. I took some pictures of those and maybe one day soon, I'll get a video slideshow going on the blog as I've taken MANY photos of this trip.
|Corner building in Lyons, NY|
|Peppermint Museum - National Historic Landmark|
|Changes Docked behind Fire Station Lyons, NY|
Captain Dave and his fiance Louisa came to visit us about 4pm. It was good to see them again. They had been in the car awhile so we took a walk around the town as we visited. There are many old brick buildings and it's interesting to see the architecture. After our walk, we had photos and then they were off to pick up Dave's son, Michael David. Louisa is camera shy, but here is a photo of Captain Dave and Phil.
|Phil and Captain Dave Block, Lyons, NY|
Our evenings and free time is spent reading and also spending a lot of time on the computer. Phil prepares for the next day's travels putting the towns, marina, and locks and any caution area on a paper that we tape outside the companionway hatch. Phil resets the tripometer each day and we've been putting the mile and the time that we get to each location as we go along.
Tomorrow we plan to get an early start. Phil's thinking about getting started 7-7:30am as we have about 40 miles to go tomorrow to get to Baldwinville. Actually, we could get started about 5am as it would take us 2 hours to get to the first lock when it opens at 7am, but I'm glad that Phil doesn't want to get up that early!! He also says that we couldn't see and can't go on the canal without light.
So far we aren't having any problems with the engine and we have some predetermined places recommended to us to get good diesel fuel. Phil say we also have a chart, which start at Lyons. Even on the GPS the canal hasn't shown up after the first two locks. It looked like we were going on land. The canal has once again appeared on the GPS for the last 10 miles, so that's nice to see. Tomorrow we will go thru the Montezuma Marsh and Captain Dave said that we won't have a cell phone signal while going thru it. It covers 3 pages on the charts, but we're not really sure how long that it. If you call and we don't answer, leave a message and we'll get it on the other side and call back.