TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 22 NM
DOCKED AT: RIVERLINK PARK ($1.00/FOOT WITH POWER)
SUNRISE: 5:16 SUNSET: 8:35
HIGH: 74 LOW: 63
TODAY’S ERIE CANAL LOCKS: 3
1. LOCK E8 14‘ LIFT 4.82 MILES TO E9 GLENVILLE
2. LOCK E9 15’ LIFT 6.16 MILES TO E10 ROTTERDAM
3. LOCK E10 15’ LIFT 4.05 TO 311 CRANESVILLE
We dawdled around this morning and it was noon before we untied and headed for Lock E8, 10.83 miles further west. Evidence of the original Erie Canal runs parallel to the new in some sections and we were able to see remnants of the old stone docks and aqueducts either hiding just under the water’s surface or just peeking out.
In Rexford we caught sight of Llenroc (Cornell backwards). This the 5 story, 34 room (including 10 baths) mansion boast 15 fireplaces, an indoor pool in the shape of a sailboat, ceilings gilded in 24-karat gold, underground parking for 20 and a helicopter pad. Holy cow!!!
We had to wait a bit for Lock E8 as they were doing some work on it. This is one of several locks with a moveable dam. The bridge-like superstructure allows the floodgates to be raised in the winter to allow ice to pass freely.
|LOCK E8 WITH ITS BRIDGE-LIKE SUPERSTRUCTURE AND MOVEABLE DAM|
The landscape was diverse as passed rocky cliffs, sloping farmlands, freeways and railroad tracks adjacent to the canal.
|THE ROCKY WILD|
|THEN CIVILIZATION APPEARS WITH A FLASH|
At Lock E9 we lifted 15 feet then moved on to Lock E10 where we took refuse from a thunderstorm before continuing on.
|YEP, THAT IS RAIN, AND LOTS OF IT, AS WE APPROACH LOCK E10|
|LOCK E10 ALSO HAS A MOVEABLE DAM|
|LOCK E10 FACTS|
We docked at the nice Riverlink Park, dined in and watched the movie Master and Commander before retiring for the night. The nearby railroad tracks didn’t disrupt our sleep nearly as much as I had anticipated.
|RIVERLINK PARK IN AMSTERDAM|