September 20 Out of Lock 11 and heading downstream

As soon as the lockmasters started this morning at 07:00 we shoved off the wall and motored back into the very familiar Lock 11.

James on Barry Duckworth looks very happy to be leaving. And these two lockmasters were so kind and helpful accommodating us. Nice warm showers and always asking if we needed anything. And just like that, we are on our way downstream, safe and sound. Bye, bye Amsterdam.

Just before Lock 10, we see this defunct Adirondack Power and Light building. The sky is a bit overcast by times this morning and some fog lingering.

Lock 10

And into Lock 9. This lock master likes to ride his bike from his lockhouse where he closes the lock and then to the other lockhouse where he controls the water.

Do you like Mike’s fashion statement this morning? His sweats and sweatshirt with sandals? It was a bit chilly this morning.
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On to Lock 8

Some nice scenery along the way.

Lock 7

We waited for three more boats to come in the lock with us and Barry Duckworth.

The one behind us is a huge one!

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And some more nice scenery

This was a wall we tied up to on our way home in 2015

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In through two guard gates to get to Lock 6

And we go along to Lock 6. These next locks are all close together and known as the Waterford Flight of Locks. Big drop here, 33 feet. The day got hotter as the sun came out. Mike is back to shorts and bare feet.

Lock 5

Lock 4 Quite a drop here, 34.5 feet

As we come around to Lock 3, we can see their working terminal.

Lock 3 And we drop another 34.5 feet

Lock 2

Here we are exiting our final lock of the Erie Canal.

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And that folks, is the end of our Erie Canal Locks on the New York State Canal System. There is no Lock 1 on the Erie Canal. It starts at Lock 2. And I don’t think I mentioned about the canal system when we started our journey through the locks at Oswego. Today there are 57 locks on the New York Canal System, including 35 on the Erie Canal, 11 on the Champlain Canal, 7 on the Oswego Canal, and 4 on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.  The waterway was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016. The Erie Canal has been in continuous operation since 1825, longer than any other constructed transportation system on the North American continent.

Today was a long day of lock after lock. We are about ½ mile from the Hudson River where we will go through the Troy Lock. We see the free dock in the village of Waterford as we exit the lock at 16:30. Thankfully there is room for us to tie up.

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James and Amanda had laundry to do so we went for supper with them. A guy on the dock told us about a diner that was close to the Laundromat. More about that in the next blog.

Today we travelled 34.95 nm.

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