Rome, Brewerton, Clyde. All names of towns along the Erie Canal where we’ve spent the night as we continue our journey westward. Like our first stops in Amsterdam and Little Falls, all offered free or inexpensive walls or docks to tie up for the night. (Some canal towns go even farther to make boaters feel welcome.)
We left Rome (Erie Canal Mile Marker 115) at 0600 in a steady rain in order to cross Oneida Lake during the best weather window. The lake is about 20 miles long and can get rough; it wasn’t. At Brewerton, on the west end of the lake, we dined in a real restaurant, which is a rare treat for us. After Brewerton, we split company with Superior Passage as they headed north up the Oswego Canal and into Lake Ontario and Canada. Now that Canada is reopened to boaters, most Looper boats are cutting north rather than staying on the Erie Canal. (The Loop route offers both options.) However, vaccinations are required to enter Canada, so that is a show-stopper for some.
We expected to spend the night alone in the small town of Clyde, but a Looper boat named Tricia Ann came in behind us and we enjoyed a visit on their boat. We expect to connect with other Looper boats heading in our direction before too long.