We hauled out of Geneva State Park Marina 5:30am! We arrived at CIC a little after 2pm!
Thank goodness for an uneventful final ride! We are tired and Sea turtle is ready for a complete detail! Come see her on Catawba Island!
The winds on Lake Erie for the last few days have been out of the west/north west. Which means the water builds up with some pretty strong force by the time it rolls to the east side of the lake. This keeps us in our mooring at Geneva State Park.
Geneva State Park is a beautiful Ohio Park just west of Geneva, OH. There are several walking trails and a large convention center that’s very impressive. This park has large sand beaches and a terrific view!
We ate at the little sandwich shoppe right at the marina. For heavier fare, there are a few restaurants just 1/4 mile from the marina!
-200 gallons of fuel…
The Welland Canal connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Traversing the Niagara Peninsula from Port Weller to Port Colborne, it enables boats and ships to ascend and descend the Niagara Escarpment and bypass Niagara Falls.
Lake Erie side of the canal is 326 feet higher than the Lake Ontario side. The canal includes eight 80 ft ship locks. Seven of the locks raise or lower passing ships by between 43 and 49 ft each. It usually takes an average of about eleven hours to traverse the entire length of the Welland Canal. We made it in a record 5 hours!
Rain and high water has been the MO for this trip from the east coast!
Today, we head across the Great Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is 32.3 inches above its long-term average for this time of year. Current outflows are equivalent to those measured in high water years of 1993 and 1998.
Today we forge on (at 5am) to Rochester or perhaps the Welland Canal, if the weather holds!
We also fueled up. The Sea turtle has only drank 300 gallons from Liberty Landing to Brewerton! What great performance. Good job, Sea Turtle!
The locks have been a slow go, however. Only one gate has been open. At times we’ve had only 6″ on either side! From 7am until 11am, we’ve traveled only 20 miles…
Tonight’s we enjoyed fresh perch from Lake Oneida at the Waterfront Tavern! Great place with a huge outdoor patio!
Tomorrow … Heading through the Erie Canal to the end of the locks at the Oswego Canal. (Maybe on to Rochester!)
These warnings for the New York State Canal System have been some of our biggest worries … The currents have been terrible!
What’s worse than strong currents in a canal? Why, losing your bow thruster, of course! The charger for the bow thruster gave out on us. We spent most of the day without it…. Our fearless Captain Dave was quick thinking and visited the hardware store in Amsterdam. He picked up an ordinary car battery charger. We hooked it up, plugged it in with the generator running and we’re squeaking by with a trickle of a charge!
Our pick to eat for tonight …. Shorty’s Southside Tavern! Excellent italian fare and a great waitress!