Having learned to pay better attention to contradictory and sometimes minimal navigation aids we stopped for a pump out and diesel in a fairly narrow channel but managed to spin the boat in reverse into the dock without hitting anything. I did fail to previously mention one of our scarier pump outs and diesel ups at Waddels in Tonawanda where depth perception prevented us from realizing that his dock was in a ‘u shaped’ trough with a floating boathouse behind us and pylons for a bridge in front. Adding in the 30 knot winds forcing us on the dock and a right handed prop that pulls us left in reverse, we had an extremely exciting time de-docking and came within two feet of creating a new window for the houseboat.
Then while we arrived late in Baldwinsville Friday night, we met some nice local folks on the dock in a trawler (Captain Mike and Admiral Becky) who helped with our docking lines and then we had a terrific dinner at the Lock 24 Grill just a short distance from the dock, and then this morning a true experience at the B’ville Diner So okay we are foodies and that is what we write about.
After crossing Lake Oneida, which reminded us of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, and experiencing our only two ascending locks of the trip east on the Erie we have arrived in Rome, NY.
So tonight a quiet evening along the canal with train whistles frequently heard, but no electric for heat. Patches and Pounce are into their routines, he sleeps all day on the warm but engine vibrating steps and she loves our bed.