Start: 6:45 AM - Grand Island, NY
Finish: 4:15 PM - Sturgeon Point, NY (Sturgeon Pt. Marina)
Daily dist: 26 miles
Total dist: 4000+
Weather: Clear, high inlow 90's windy
Notes: Entered open water of Lake Erie at about 11:39 AM
For the last month as I paddled across the Erie Canal my mind has been on what I would be in for on Lake Erie. Having never paddled any of the great lakes before, I didn’t know quite what to expect beyond the warnings of the few boaters I’d spoken to who had been on the lake. Being fairly shallow and exposed to the prevailing west winds, Lake Erie is famous for getting rough in a hurry. At the same time however, it can calm down almost as fast. It’s calm that I’ve been hoping for but persistent head winds and slower progress that I’ve been mentally preparing for.