The Erie Canal reopened on the 17th of July and being closed to through traffic for about a month due to flooding and lock damage earlier in the month. Rumors ran rampant during the closing. Many said that the canal would not be able to open this summer. Many of the boats that could get an air height of 17′ or less, decided to take the longer Champlain route. We heard that some loopers turned back toward home and many of us just decided to wait and see if it opened. Thanks to the NY Canal System folks and all the hard work they did, it if completely open now.
We were still at home (see our mini-vacation post) when it opened and didn’t return until the next Tuesday. That was fine with us because we really didn’t want a repeat of the Dismal Swamp where all the boats were in a row after locking though. We bought groceries and did the laundry and were ready to leave on Thursday. We filled up the water tank, got a pump out, filled up the gas tanks as Mr. B was waiting for me to get things done at the office, he decided to take a final look in the engine room. That was when he discovered a water pump that was leaking. This never happened to us before when the boat had a boo-boo, but we actually had a spare water pump with us. Unfortunately, it took the rest of the day to get it repaired so we could not leave. That’s boating. You never know when weather or a mechanical problem will foil your plans but you learn to take it all in stride. Friday morning, we were off and heading for the city docks in Waterford, NY. The trip was only 20-some miles and we were there in about three and a half hours. Below are some of the photo’s that I took on the way.
Below is the Troy lock. It is the first lock that we have done since dismal swamp but we have MANY more to go before this trip is done. This lock take you up (or down) about 14 feet. Although it is sometimes called Lock 1, this is not a part of the Erie Canal System.
We, of course, went toward the Erie Canal and the town of Waterford. There is a free dock there that holds quite a few boats. The only charge is $10 for electricity and that is for your stay – not a day. Sweet deal!! The area is pretty and close to restaurants and grocery shopping. We even found a Dunkin’ Donuts less than a mile away.
This town has a lot of nifty, old buildings. Way back when, it was a boom town – now not so much.
There are lots of nice looking, old brick buildings in this town.
We stayed here in Waterford for the entire weekend. It was a great stopover. Tomorrow, we will head west on the Erie Canal. The first lock is less that a quarter of a mile from the boat and the Waterford Flight of Five. Once we start locking though, I will be too busy to take many photo’s but click HERE for a link to show you some of what goes on in the lock. The lift from these first five locks is about 170′.
So our journey continues…be sure to check back for more of our travels on the Erie Canal.