"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you
didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away
from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover."

-Mark Twain

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Troy Federal Lock & Waterford, NY

Back to locking through the waterways.  We start out with the Troy Federal Lock, it has a rise of 15' feet. 

The visitor center at Waterford, NY offers a wall to tie up to with electric & water before starting the Erie Canal.  

A walk into town for dinner and sight seeing.

Right next to the wall is the first of 5 locks on the Erie Canal, we walked over and took some pictures from above the lock to give a different perspective.  We were planning on staying only 1 night, but one of the locks was down for repair and were not opening until around 2:00 P.M. so we decided to stay another night and head out at 8 tomorrow morning.

The first 5 locks are called the "Waterford Flight" they start with E2 up to E6.  This is a series of  5 locks where boats are lifted & lowered to the greatest height in the shortest distance. The total height is 169 feet, twice as much as the total lift from sea level to the summit of the Panama Canal.  We will transit 23 locks on the Erie Canal before making a detour to the Oswego.

The afternoon brought rain showers, I am glad we stayed an extra night and are not travelling in that.

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