Fairport to Brockport

Day 7 on the Erie Canal, from one "port" to another. As we cruise the western segment, the canal gets more narrow and the bike path that follows it is visible almost constantly. Our speed slows as we encounter lift bridges that must open before we can pass through. Today, we passed through two more … Continue reading Fairport to Brockport

A Fair Deal!

Fourteen bucks to stay in the most charming canal town ever? I call that a deal! Fairport N.Y., our sixth stop on the Erie Canal at Mile Marker 246, was the best yet. This town is built around the canal and makes the best of its waterfront. This is also where we met our first … Continue reading A Fair Deal!

Westward on the Erie

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 … Continue reading Westward on the Erie

Big Lock & Little Falls

We've had bigger lifts on The Great Loop, but this one was exciting because of the way we entered it. In a rush. Why? Depends on who you ask, but if you ask me...it's because all horses want to follow a stallion. The "stallion," in this case, was a large and masculine-looking boat named Zeitgeist, … Continue reading Big Lock & Little Falls

Nine Locks in a Day

They come fast, the locks on the Erie Canal, when you enter on the east end. Some were less than a quarter-mile apart. The first set of five locks as we left Waterford is called a "flight"... like a flight of stairs...because they collectively take up just a few miles. It took two hours to … Continue reading Nine Locks in a Day

Gateway to the Erie Canal

We're about to enter the Erie Canal. Exciting! We're tied up tonight at a free wall/floating dock in the town of Waterford, N.Y., some 25 miles north of last night's marina. Mainship Many Moons is tucked in cheek-by-jowl with many other boats waiting to go west into the canal or further north up the Hudson. … Continue reading Gateway to the Erie Canal

Mornings on the Hudson

Sunrise comes early on the Hudson in June -- and we are fortunate to have so much sun these days. It does require adjustment. (Indeed, underway life requires various biological adjustments--and emotional ones, too.) The sun rises now at 5:19 a.m. here in upper New York State. So it is that this Looper, who prefers … Continue reading Mornings on the Hudson

Up The Hudson Valley

Yes! I've been eager to reach this segment of The Great Loop, as I know too little about this part of the country. We've arrived in the Hudson River Valley (aka Hudson Valley), where the river narrows and cliffs appear and the mind imagines Native Americans in dugout canoes and early settlers on small farms … Continue reading Up The Hudson Valley

Milestones: NYC & State #17

There are days on The Great Loop when it's hard to even start writing a blog post because so much has happened or one's senses are overloaded. Yesterday was such a day. (Which is why I'm writing it a day late.) The story of this 75 miles is easiest told in photos and captions, because … Continue reading Milestones: NYC & State #17

“Skinny” Water, Boats & Boo!

Ah, to share the narrow waterways with hundreds of pleasure boaters in New Jersey on Memorial Day! "Hey, this is a no-wake zone!" hollered one self-appointed boating cop on the radio. "Oh, yeah?" came the challenge back. "Wha-a-a, wha-a-a!" (Whining sound.) "Welcome to New Jersey!" And after dodging hundreds of fast boats and their wakes … Continue reading “Skinny” Water, Boats & Boo!