On the wall, when we got to Kirkfield, were four other looper boats, all of which were leaving today. We knew there was a swing bridge that needed to be opened, and they weren't in operation until 9 am, so the entire group planned on heading out around 8:30. All of us left in a line, slowly making our way through the thin canal. Turns out we still had a lot more of the narrow and shallow canal to get through (which means slow going). We got to the bridge by 9:30.
|An old pump from the Kirkfield Lift Lock, now art.|
Five locks, all downward. All fairly steep, like 20 to 25 feet. One of the first four stopped to pump out, so we got to take their position in the locks. It was a little crowded with the four of us.
Then came Simcoe lake. For the first time in a long time (Lake Ontario, in fact) we got to open up the engines a bit, traveling at 8.5 knots.
Arrived just before a small afternoon thunderstorm, so good timing on our part.
|Another couple of miles of narrow channels...|
|...until we got to Simcoe Lake!|