The second is we say farewell to the Hudson River and start along the Erie Canal. The canal will be our last US run northward, ending in Oswego on Lake Ontario, then it's up into Canada.
We knew yesterday would be cold and damp, and it was. But today was supposed to be warmer, just a bit, and sunny. IT. WAS. NOT. A little windy when we left, but overcast the entire trip. We even had a drizzle or two.
The day's voyage was only a couple of hours, but it did include the first lock we've been to since the Dismal Swamp. This is also the start of many locks to come.
After we pumped out we headed northward and toodled our way up to and through Albany, NY. After that the Hudson became more industrial looking, full of big docks, factories, and barges. We passed a barge on the way up, in fact. First time in a long time we had to hail a vessel and ask where did they want us. We ask because we don't want to assume anything, given their lack of mobility.
|On the wall at Waterford (second boat)|
As You Wish got on their wall. Right away a wind kicked their stern into the lock. I held up while they got situated.
Our lock experience thus far was that we'd get two lines to hold for the ride, one for the bow and one for the stern. Here, however, they only had a pipe set into the wall. We crept up to the starboard side. Russ wrapped a line from one cleat, around a pipe, and back to another cleat. He would manage that, making sure it held the boat in place while we moved upwards.
Once the massive doors shut water flooded in the lock, causing some churn. The lockmaster warned us we (on the starboard wall) would get the brunt of it, but As You Wish seemed to have a hard time keeping against the wall. I went to the stern to help keep the boats from bumping together.
|Lock #2, to be done Sunday|
From there it was a quick trip to the Waterford wall. Several boats were already there, so we had to pick a space and fit into it. We took the first one that looked big enough, right under the bridge. This time, the wind would be an asset. I lined Cat-n-Dogs up with the gap and the wind just blew us right in - I just throttled forward or back a bit to keep us in the gap. Smooth as butter! We powered down and started our clean up when "thunk-thunk" went the bridge. I really didn't want to hear that all night as traffic came and went.
|Canadian Geese and goslings|
Someone approached us as we walked the dogs. He asked which one of us was piloting when we went perfectly sideways and parked under the bridge. I raised my hand. He asked, "Can you teach me that?"