The town wall has a restaurant beside it and we thought we may go there last night but changed our mind when we saw how busy it was. After all, it was Mother’s Day. There’s a barge canal terminal herefor the Erie Canal cruise boat.
After breakfast, Mike uploaded the May 6th blog and when we went to take off the lines at 08:15, we could see that they had lowered the water again. Persuasion was on the bottom again! We were able to pull Persuasion forward toward the cruise boat and then push her out into deeper water and back out.
While in the lock, we noticed that the engine sounded funny. It wasn’t getting enough water. Mike asked the lockmaster if we could tie up on the wall after we finished the lock. He said we could. Mike remove the intake hose and only a little water was getting through. Mike blew on the hose as hard as he could and cleared the hose. Lots of water now. Mike thought it may have been a stick in it as we heard something come out when he blew on the hose.
We could see the rain behind us as we headed toward Lock 21. I wonder if it will clear the air. It is 93 F (34 C) in the shade right now. A work barge was just exiting when we arrived. And this lock is the first lock where we start going down.
The lock master was talking about the weather about how records have been set the last few days. He says they rarely get to 90 F in the summer and there has been 4 days with that high temperatures in May. He also was talking about fishing and how Oneida Lake is reintroducing the sturgeon there. It is a catch and release and one guy caught a 5 ft, 100 lb one.
And just as we start to pull into a marina that sells diesel fuel, it starts to pour. We had tried to call them a few times but no answer. Then we saw the sign that said closed. Maybe the season hasn’t started for them yet. Oh well, we have enough until tomorrow’s stop. We pulled up to a free town dock in Sylvan Beach at 15:45 and both got soaked tying off Persuasion. Thunder and lightning and tons of rain. Looks like the rain is going to get us for sure this time.
It was raining lightly when we walked up to the town for supper. We found out that most of the restaurants here are closed on Monday’s. We found a place called Eddie’s and it was great home cooking. I didn’t take the camera as I thought it may start pouring again, so got no photos of the town. It has an amusement park and the town is on Oneida Lake so it probably draws quite a crowd in the summer.
Mike uploaded May 7th in the evening. I blogged some more and we watched a bit of TV. It started raining again.
Today we travelled 37.1 nm.