Monday, 27 August 2012
We left Dover Mon. morning for Port Colborne. We arrived late afternoon & had our mothers & family come visit in the evening. Called RCR Yachts in Buffalo Tues. morning & could not get the mast taken down until Thurs. morning so decided to stay an extra day in Port Colborne. Spent the afternoon taking sails down & storing them & doing other prep work prior to the mast coming down. In evening our friends visited us.
We arrived in Buffalo Wed. & cleared customs via video-phone before going to RCR Yachts. Then Thurs. morning they took down our mast. It took all morning to wrap it & mount it on the deck of our boat. We left from there & went down the Black Rock Canal & did our first lock & on down the Niagara River to Tonawanda.
Fri. morning we started east down the Erie Barge Canal. The canal has very flat, calm water & the scenery is constantly changing from urban to farm land to forest & back. Sections of it made us feel like we were on ‘The African Queen’. Even the weather has been hot & humid. We ended our day in Medina, New York, walking around a car show in the evening.
People had told us about a park in Holley, that was worth seeing. So we stopped there on Sat. & went for a walk & saw a lovely waterfalls & had a picnic lunch. We ended our day in Spencerport. The bridgemasters & lockmasters have been very patient, helpful & friendly.
We stopped in Pittsford & had lunch at a place that had WiFi, before continuing on to Palmyra for the night. Palmyra is the first place we have had easy access to the internet. It has been a struggle since we left Port Elgin.