Montreal, no more locks
26 July 2009
Bob/ More rain, when will it stop
It's been a couple of stops without an internet connection but here in the Old Harbor in Montreal we seem to be hooked up just fine. The trip from Kingston has been down hill with a 1 - 2 knot current pushing us along. The last three miles though were up hill against a 4.5 to 5 knot current, up the river to this marina. From SOB rates of 8 to 9 knots we dropped to just 1.9 fighting the current. It blows my mind the amount of water that flows east from the Great Lakes. For so many years sitting in our harbor in Chicago I was totally niave of the natural flow of water. Water that flows between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron through the Straits of Mackinac flows through the St. Clair River, through the Detroit River, down the Niagra River and over the falls, then through the Thousand Islands and ultimately into the St. Lawrence. Each time we locked down another 22 million gallons of water headed east. We've been through 15 locks so just our boat alone has accounted for draining some 330 million gallons of Great Lakes water. And the locks are being used 24/7 by pleasure and commercial kraft. Wow!!
Since there are no more locks for us it won't be long before we start to feel the effects of tides and tidal currents. Probably around Quebec is where we will have to start paying attention to tide charts.
Life on board has trully settled into a routine. We've been up around 07:00 and usually go down around after a couple of cocktails, dinner and planning for the next day.
Really folks enough with the rain. Right now sitting here it's raining. All day all night Mary Ann, rain rain rain. I hope anyone ready this is experiencing better weather especially if you're on vacation. We're on island-time so it's no big deal but our foul waetrher gear is complaining.
Alice took time the other day to test her new oven. She bake a cake, no problems and it was terrific. Amazing, something worked just as it was supposed too!!
Maintenance is an ongoing activity. Someone asked us what will you do all day? Well the boat, the weather and our navigating keep us busy. Our stop here in Montreal will be our first site seeing time away from the boat and yet we still have a few "projects" to complete. We've been talking by cell when we can get a few bars and I'm thankful for the number of internet access points along the way. I think I've resolved the intrusion problem and I apologize to anyone who may have received spam type emails from our distribution list. I've got McAfee turned on to scan access activity so hopefully that will end the intrusions.
Tonight we're going to try and upload a few pictures. We'll see how it goes.