July 2nd to July 6th
11 July 2019
On the 2nd of July we went back to Kingston 2 miles and fueled up and pumped out and headed for Brockville through he main shipping channel past Clayton , Alexandria Bay and Singer Castle . We did laundry there , walked up town for some groceries and exercise and talked to a couple from Alaska doing the loop . We found out that they were going our way so we spent the next 3 days traveling with them to Chrylser marina , Valleyfield , and to Montreal where we parted ways . We stayed in Longueuil across from Montreal and the next morning we headed for Three Rivers .
June 25th to July 1st
11 July 2019
On the morning we were off to Kingston . As we were preparing to leave wthe fog rolled in so we putted for an hour or so until it began to lift and really only opened up the last hour into Kingston . We were watching the radar and only say 1 freighter after it had passed across in front of us and was off to out starboard side . We tied up at Kingston marina for 2 days . Lori had called her Florida neighbours , Marg and Bruce , who live in Kingston and they came to the boat for a visit . We did our grocery shopping and the next morning did laundry . That afternoon Marg called to say we were invited out for supper at a friends home - great time . The next morning Lori walked to the grocery store and I returned beer cans to the beer store . We then headed to Cedar Island for the weekend and the Canada Day fireworks . Me met some great people here over 5 days - some we saw again and some we may see again . We had to run the generator a lot to keep the freezer cold and to keep our batteries up . Solar pannels for next year for sure !!!!
June 18th to June 24th
10 July 2019
On the 18th we took a load of everything we need for the boat and drove to the boat and loaded everything and put it away except food and drove home . The kids are coming over for pizza and wings .
In the morning we packed all the fridge and freezer stuff to be ready at 10am for Do and Shirley to pick us up and drive us to the boat , stopping in Wallaceburg for lunch . After they dropped us off we got everything put away and and got ready to leave at 7am for Leamington . It was a cool rainy day and arrived after noon and waited as Lionel and Elsie were picking us up for supper .
We were off before 6 in the morning for Dover . Clam seas were the forecast but, it got a little rough until we headed toward shore to get in the lee of the land and smooth sailing to Dover .
We were up early to get to Port Colborne to wait to transit the Welland Canal into Lake Ontario . We finally started 12 hours later and locked through all night finishing the 8 locks at 7:15am .The Welland Canal was not a good experience as we did it all in the dark and they held us up several times and made us tie up to bollards that were 30ft from the boat so we had to add line to reach - NOT a nice experience .
After a short stop to make coffee we headed for Whitby arriving at 11am and after checking in we were in bed after being up for over 30hours - too much for we seniors !!!
The next morning we were off to Cobourg marina which we then found out had no power . Lori went to the hospital as she had been bitten by a woodtick and had a bullseye on her back for which she received two blue pills . She will be fine now and will not get limes disease .
May 19th to june 17th
10 July 2019
On May 19th we polished the rub line 2 times , looks great . I returned to the boat in storage and drained the antifreeze from the port motor and filled it with water and soap in order to flush out any oily residue which was detected in a sample last fall .
On May 30th I installed a new shaft seal on the starboard shaft and the realigned props were installed and the boat went into the water.
We drove home . The next morning we were up early and packed Lori's jeep to the roof and after my dental appointment we headed back to the boat, cleaned everything including the carpet and unloaded the car. I flushed the port motor twice and refilled with new antifreeze . On the 2nd we cleaned more and then Mikki and Fred arrived and we went out for a ride . Lucky as I found out some things were not working . The 3rd was spent on final touches and fixing a few things . On the 4th we made final touch ups and drove to Port Huron for some boat parts and shopping . Then back in Sarnia we met John and Sandy for lunch at Patty Flaridays . We had a great visit and then home as the neighbours were coming for pizza and wings at 6:30pm .
We had 1 day to get ready to fly to Winnipeg for my 50th year reunion from university as we were leaving at 4am to drive to Hamilton .
Aug 28th to Sept 6th
10 February 2019
It was still cloudy and raining a bit as we got ready to leave Midland at 6:55am and headed to Thornbury . The weather was warm and as we got out in the open past Christian Island the wind had picked up and 3's became 5's and soon we were in 8' to 10' waves and no way to turn back . It was not scary but was not where I wanted to be . We continued on for 2 hours and then it subsided as we turned toward Thornbury . When we arrived we discouvered a lot of mess in the boat including a broken TV and a 2 hour job to clean up . W then decided to walk up town to the Home Hardware which the marina staff said was a 20 minute walk !! 2 km later we bought a hook to reattach the step on the boat which was damaged by the rough waters . On the way back after checking out the 1 block downtown we found an ice cream store and had a treat after our long walk .
The next day we were ready to leave at 6:55 am and with dark clouds in the west we headed for Tobermory with only a short stretch of 4's in mostly sunny skies . Lori was surprise how deep parts of Georgian Bay are seeing some at over 400' .We were fiueled up and tied up for the night by 11:40am . We had lunch at a bar and then walked the town for a while before watching a movie annd relaxing .
We were ready to go by 8 am and headed for Kincardine in 13 C sunny morning. A lot of the time we were in 4' + waves . We were looking forward to the seafood platter at the Erie Belle hotel and were disappointed to find it was no longer on the menu so we left and enjoyed Chinese food instead . I called Rick and Cheryl and they came to the boat for docktails and catching up on the past year .
We were up and ready to leave for the last long days sailing for the 2018 boating season back to the St Clair River and a weekend with friends in the Bridge Harbour Marina in Port Huron . Lori took some sun rise pictures as we left Kincardine . It was a little rough and cool for about 1 1/2 hours and then the sun came out and the remainder of the sail was great . We arrived at the marina by 12:30pm . We rode our bikes to the parcel pickup and got the fuel treatment I had ordered . Our friends showed up late in the day and we socialized for a while before retiring for the night .
We were up early and I baked muffins for the whole gang and they were gone in no time .Lori and I walked to Menards and on to Sam's Club and back to the boat (50 min each way) and then partied for a while and then to bed .
Wow , couldn't believe we slept in so late . We made a huge pot of chilli and biscuits and went and visited and played games annd got our 1st sunburn of the year. There was a large group this year and well behaved kids . Great time .
In the morning we all went up to Bob Evans for breakfast . Not much happening so we returned to the boat and began packing . We said our goodbyes and left about 10:55am and arrived at Sarnia Bay Marins by 11:45 am. Greg annd Alecia came to the boat by 2:00pm for docktails and then we ended up going out for supper. We had an early night as we were going to be busy the next day .
We got a ride to Enterprise car rental , returned to the boat and loaded everything we could get into the car and headed for Ingersoll . We unloaded the car and Lori followed me back to Sarnia , turned in the car and back to the boat . We put all the laundry into Lori's car and we headed for Port Lambton - Lori driving her car and me the boat .I arrived about 5:30pm and we began packing .
The next morning a Cat mechanic came to fix an oil leak . We then headed to Algonac for fuel before we put the boat away . George came with us . Upon our return I changed all the oils and took samples of the oil and antifreeze to be analyzed . We packed up all we could and loaded it in the car .
Sept 6th we were up early getting everything loaded in the car and doing the final cleanup of everything . we then took the boat to get pumped out and it was hauled to the shed foor storage . I disconnected the batteries and we left for home to get ready for our next adventure - DRIVING TO NEWFOUNDLAND and visiting friends along the way , there and on the way home . Our summer trip was 1659 kt miles .
Aug 24th to Aug 27th
10 February 2019
We were up and Lori was on her way to do laundry by 8 am only to find someone was there and it was 10:30 am before she finished .I baked a batch of muffins and then we went walking checking out the Legion and walked up town where we found a Discount store which sold Costco leftovers !!!! Lori was in her glory and amoung other things bought a bath robe for Declyns birthday and I bought some DVD's at a pawn shop . We ended up at the Legion for lunch and talked to a retired OPP officer and shared boating storing . We spent time on the dock and went for another walk after supper and noted there were a lot of dogs on the docks - transient boater , eh !!
After breakfast we walked up town again as I had to return a packet of DVD's as the one I wanted was just a blank . They were surprised too and gladly gave my money back and more shopping and back to the boat for lunch . About 4:40pm we headed to Metro for some last minute items and watched tv . Steak for supper , I cleaned the grill and Lori did a couple of loads of laundry . Orillia marina is great , close to town .
We were up early , got rid of the garbage , breakfast and showered and leaving the marina by 8:15 am on our way to lock 42 & 43 and stopped at Waubic's restaurant for lunch , the first time in 3 years that we were able to get in to the dock , and on to Big Chute for the night and the usual tour watching boats use the railway system .
We were ready to lock through at 9 am but maintenance held us up for a while , on our way by 9:50 am to lock 45 , the last of our about 150 locks this year . We arrived at Midland and fueled up and got pumped out and tied up in Midland Town Marina . We walked up town and checked out the legion ,no one there , and back to the boat . Lori baked a cake , we watched a movie , supper and went for a walk and as we returned we talked to some loopers . It rained all night .
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