END OF THE ERIE CANAL
28 September 2010 | Waterford, NY
Cheryl / Rain
We arrived in Waterford NY on Sunday. This is the end (or beginning if going west) of the Erie Canal. Nice visitors center here. The chart book and cruising guides I ordered were here waiting for us when we arrived. I ordered the Atlantic ICW chart book and cruising guides for New Jersey and Chesapeake and Delaware Bays.
We really loved going through the Erie Canal but glad that phase is over. As I have mentioned before, 98% of the people we met were fantastic. Looking at the Garmin odometer we have now traveled 1,293 miles from Silver Bay to here. We are also 53 days since leaving Silver Bay. Almost 2 months already, time does fly when you are having fun!
The current and always subject to change itinerary is: go to Hop-O-Nose in Catskill NY to have the mast stepped, find some anchorages going down the Hudson River, go to Sandy Hook NJ to wait for a weather window to start down the east coast. There are several inlets along the New Jersey coast to stop for the night, including Atlantic City (of course, we will need to stop there so I can play a slot machine or two). Once we get to Delaware Bay we will need to decide if we will go off shore to the Chesapeake Bay or go up Delaware Bay, across the C&D Canal and down the Chesapeake Bay to the start of the ICW (double the distance). The weather will pretty much be the deciding factor.
Jimmy, Dean and Chris's friend, came to the visitors center where we are now and drove Bill & Dean around to pick up a few things that we needed. Chris and I went into town to do laundry. We all went out to dinner at a restaurant called Reel Seafood which had great food.
We will decide shortly if we will head for Hop-O-Nose today or tomorrow. It looks like we could get very heavy rains on Thursday. One of the anchorages I would like to stop at is just behind Liberty Island. The Manhattan skyline at night is absolutely fabulous so hope to be able to see it from that anchorage. We plan on spending a couple of days there so we can go into New York City and do a few touristy things. I was there several years ago for a work conference, Bill joined me for a few days and we both found that we really liked it a lot. Already did the Empire State Building and Times Square so not sure what we will do this time. I know that I really want to find a really good bakery and a deli while there. Get some bagels, good Italian bread, maybe a few canoli's!
I called my insurance company (BoatUS) yesterday to have the coverage changed. The current coverage is for inland waters only so the new coverage will include the Bahamas, of course, at a much higher premium.