Medina to Brockport, NY
29 August 2008 | Brockport, NY
Cloudy and threatening but nada
Can you find Swee'Pea in the art sculpture above?
Nice day. After a shower this morning we headed out for Brockport. Wayne and I both marvel at how clean and kept up everything is along the canal. You don't see a lot of trash along the canal walls or along the rivers. It's impressive.
Brockport's a lovely little town. $8 to park on the wall, there's water, power, showers, laundry and free bikes and wagons to use to go into town. After getting settled in, we strolled the town and got ice cream and looked about in the local bookstore. It's an awesome bookstore... We're nestled in on the south wall between the two lift bridges. SUNY is to the west of us and it looks like all the college kids are coming back to campus. It reminds me of the college towns up north, older, but vibrant and alive. We did a circuit across one Lift Bridge and then back around on the other. Along the way back we saw the two motor boats that we followed along the way here, Missy, and I'm drawing a blank on the other boat's name - from Erie, PA (he said just call me Fred); they both run the marina in Gasport and helped us tie up here on the wall. I hate to say it but it was the worst job I've ever done pulling up to a wall (embarrassing). We stopped and chatted with them, they were most helpful with where to stop for petrol, groceries, etc... along the way. Thank you, thank you guys J Coming back to the boat we noticed an Island Packet tied up in front of us from Grosse Isle (The Dove). We were trying to remember what size we had in the Virgin Islands and couldn't remember if Avante' was a 30 or 32 footer it looked about the same size as The Dove (Laura or Greg - do you remember?) - a very nice boat that is also heading for the Bahamas... We chatted with them for a bit and I get the feeling that we just hit Wardell's on one of his off days or something. They had their mast taken down and ran into Carpe' Diem there too. So, so far there are two other boats that we've met that are also southbound.
We started to walk into town on the other side of the lift bridge to go to a recommended restaurant by the family dollar but on the way there passed by the Stoneyard Restaurant that we were told caters to the college kids. We didn't make it past the Stoneyard. While walking through the pathway to the lift bridge Wayne said, "look at those sandwiches" I scoped out the burgers and beers and we both did an about-face turn and ordered a couple of drafts and burgers that came with these unbelievable fries! Now you kids know I'm not fond of fries, and they normally stay on my plate but I've got to tell you that there wasn't one fry remaining on my plate! One of the new owners came around asking how things were and Wayne told him of my affinity for fries. He said he'd noticed my examining the fries from inside and asked how I liked them. I told him kudos to the chef (Chef Tom). The burger's were awesome and fries too. He was telling us how they were going through some changes and that the beef was special ground round, hand cut and seasoned by them. I would definitely come back again. I don't remember the name of their signature sandwich (pork, apple bacon, and a host of other items...) but if the burgers were any indication - I'd definitely try it next time! The restaurant/bar is rundown, but the food makes it a place definitely worth coming back to.