Start: 9:00 AM - Entrance to Erie Canal - Troy, NY
Finish: 10:00 PM - Outside of Schenectady, NY
Time: 13:00 Hours
Daily dist: 23 miles
Total dist: 3600+ miles
Companions: Pam joined Bill and I through the flight of 5 locks in the morning
Weather: Hot mostly sunny and windy
Notes: It took an unusually long time to go thorough the first five locks because they were short staffed today.
In only about two miles of horizontal distance, the “Flight of Five” locks at the east end of the Erie canal lifts boaters, I’m told, higher than any other series of locks in the world. To experience this unique feature of the canal, and to share a bit of my journey, Pam joined Bill and I at the put in this morning. By 9:00 we were all launched and ready to go, however, before we entered the canal Pam and Bill suggested that we take a quick side trip to check out a local waterfall. A few minutes of paddling up a branch of the Mohawk river brought us to a very beautiful channel wide water fall. After grabbing a couple quick pictures we headed back out to the canal and resumed our journey west.
With bellies full of excellent burger stand food, Bill and I pressed on to and through Lock No. 8 before pulling over at a local community park to camp for the night.