Catch up blogs from 8/4/16

We have been away from wifi connections for about a  week…..so today I will write a few blogs to “catch-up”!!

After our generator was repaired we departed Brewerton, NY stocked with a variety of fresh herbs for our picking off the docks at Winter Harbor Marina.   What a great idea for cruisers to just clip off some basil or mint or whatever one desires to add to the food pantry.

The end of this day brought us to WEEDSPORT, NY where we tied up along the canal wall for the night.   Just off the boat was a great place called DEVANEY’S — a restaurant and bar.  This particular evening they had live music. It is a gathering place for bikers and the BBQ is pretty good.

The locals were very friendly and we met this biker guy who was from Hawaii. He had returned for his 50th high school class reunion!   He is an identical twin , but we didn’t see the brother.  We did see “another brother”  he just recently found out that he had…..So they were getting acquainted.

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HARLEY’S AT WEEDSPORT, NY   8/4/16

FRIDAY   AUGUST 5, 2016

We cruised for almost 10 hours today and arrived at the town wall in Pittsford, NY.  Traveling 60-65 miles in one day is a tad long.   It is exhausting.

Today our trip brought us through several miles of the old part of the Erie Canal.  We could see many miles of the old tow paths.  The NY State Erie Canal system has done a great job in maintaining this along with establishing many parks and picnic areas along the canal.  It is so beautiful and peaceful to see.  The blue herons were out in force today along with 3 Bald Eagles that we saw.   One was a juvenile.

We locked thru several locks today along with cruising under many bridges – both fixed and raised.  SPEAKING OF WHICH ——  as we were slowly cruising along in the town of Fairport, we were suddenly “attempting” to cruise under this bridge that required “lifting”!!   YIKES —- HOLY MOLY < hit reverse, get the thrusters on, get Salt Lick repositioned, scramble, scramble ……and then this bridge-tender comes over the radio, very calm , cool and collected   ….”SALT LICK – WOULD  YOU LIKE THE BRIDGE RAISED?”    Salt Lick back to the bridge-tender  “Well, yeah, I do believe that I do!!! and thank you very much.”    This bridge is the only lift bridge that is built on an angle, where one end of the bridge is higher than the other.   When lifted, it is lifted at this same angle.   WILD.      Notes on THIS bridge in our guide book were buried deep in a paragraph about the town of Fairport.   NOT that that is any excuse.   🙂

After settling down our heart rates, we carried on with the destination being Pittsford, NY.

Music was on the agenda again this evening as the town of Pittsford was sponsoring a concert along the canal.  Many of the locals come to the area to sit and listen and visit with friends. ONE main reason I wanted to stop in Pittsford is that about 35 years ago I built a passive solar home there on Mitchell Road just off the canal.   In my memory, the Erie Canal was a lot closer to the house that it actually was.    The next morning we rode our bikes by that house — it was too early to knock on the door for introductions — but fun to see it again.   After a breakfast at Simply Crepes we headed out.

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FRONT OF 34 MITCHELL RD.  – SOLAR HOUSE
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SOUTH (REAR) OF SOLAR HOUSE – NOTE SOLAR PANELS AT TOP FOR HOT WATER.
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EXAMPLE OF FREE DOCKAGE IN MANY OF THE VILLAGES ALONG THE CANAL.  (HANK AND SALT LICK)

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