Today was all about the lift bridges on the Erie Canal that had to open for us. (Well, mostly about that.) We left Brockport at 0700, as soon as the lift bridge in front of our nighttime berth began operating, headed for Gasport or Lockport or Tanawanda. Our destination depended on how long it would take to navigate all those bridges, and what kind of stopping places we found. We also faced the last two locks of the Erie Canal and knew that they were pretty big ones.
It’s also the day we cruised over a road and a river. That’s right, the canal went right over them! An engineering marvel. Erie Canal continues to astound us with its engineering as we near its end.
And it’s also the day we got boarded by the Coast Guard for the first time this year. Story in the captions…
Jeff tooted the horn many times today–for the kids, y’know!–as we passed school buses held at the bridge (by us), or youngsters watching from the side. You find ways to entertain yourself when it gets…well…repetitious if not a bit boring. But still pleasant, with perfect weather snd nice Looping companions. Photos and captions follow of this 55-mile day that took 9.5 hours.
P.S.: A reminder that this adventure called The Great Loop isn’t all fun-‘n-games, as these posts sometimes suggest. Living under way brings both physical and emotional consequences and requires adjustments and flexibility, even if you are “an adventurer.” Example: Yesterday, I banged my head hard against the boat roof and now have a nice egg on my skull. I’m slowly recovering from a tender foot (another mishap), resulting in a limp for over a week. Spring allergies are causing havoc. I can’t speak for Jeff’s challenges, but imagine doing this as a Type-1 diabetic. The boat has sustained injuries, too; we’ve scraped against walls a few times when the fenders weren’t in the right place for an unplanned impact. Other boaters we know have experienced even more dramatic impacts or challenges and we aren’t complaining…just grateful for every day that ends well.