Even in these poor economic times we are still seeing construction. Right here in our secluded little cove the concrete truck showed up bright an early, happy to be working.
Soon after entering back into the channel we sighted the International Bridge between Ontario and New York with the huge Reynolds Metal Plant on the shore.
As we approached the US Snell Lock we began to experience some turbulence in the water due to the current from the lock.
We arrived at the Snell Lock and tied up to the pleasure craft dock where Dan reported in and was given instructions to wait for a ship to exit our end and another to enter and lock up. We watched the mighty ships passing and waited for our turn.
Entering the lock we were given instructions to tie up to the unique floating bollards on our port side and our lone, fellow lock mate would then tie up to our starboard. We both snugged up together and thought we were ready for the lock up. Holy cow! The incoming water was coming at such a rate that we were hard pressed to keep the Quest off the wall and it was near impossible to keep the boats safely spaced. In fact, the pressure was so intense that the other boat’s round fender exploded due to the intense force of the water pushing the two boats together. It appears that one of the valves was not functioning properly and this was not the norm. Both boats exited and proceeded down the Wiley Dondero Canal to the US Eisenhower Lock where our passage was much calmer.
Before arriving at the Iroquois Lock, the last lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway, we passed farms and riverfront homes. The Iroquois Lock was a breeze and we only locked up only 4 inches before continuing on our way.
We attempted to dock in Prescott, Ontario but were unable to find a space adequate for the Quest so ended up across the seaway at Ogdensburg Municipal Marina on the New York shore. This lovely marina had everything we needed and we were soon cleaned up and off to Phillip’s diner. A grilled cheese for me and meatloaf with brown gravy and mashed potatoes for Dan. Does it get any better?