We spent ten days transiting the Erie Canal, averaging around 35 miles per day. At times I wished we had taken more time, but by the end, I was ready to be out of there. There’s a lot of history in these small canal towns and several of them had little museums, but we didn’t make it to any of them. It may not seem like it, but motoring for 35 miles per day in the heat (it was in the upper 80s most of the time) really wears you out! We would get were we where going for the night and really not feel up to doing much of anything! Fortunately, we had met Ron & Jackie of Skelton Crew when we were both anchored in Erie, PA, and we had been traveling with them ever since. Most of the time when we were moving through the canal, we didn’t encounter many other boats at all, and there was just something comforting about having someone following us/to follow (we took turns being in the lead). Sometimes we stopped for the night in little towns, and sometimes along the wall right before or after a lock.
Without further ado, here’s a photo
essay blast of our trip through the canal with Skelton Crew!