CANAJOHARIE to ILION
Canajoharie to Little Falls
through locks 14, 15 and 16….
We could have locked through to stay at
…but on the advice of the lock master at #14
we considered tying up at
#17 for free,
it seemed too early in the day,
so we continued on to the
village of Herkimer ,
through a section of the Erie Canal that bipassed the Mohawk River
just past lock 18,
where we encountered a cruise boat
through a particularily tight junction in the channel.
Polite horn blast from the cruise boat – moving to starboard.
We responded in kind.
We finally settled on our stop for the day at the village of Ilion
(west of lock 17 and east of lock 18)
Lock # 17 was a real treat.
A 40.5 foot lift.
It seemed much higher as we approached,
… and as we entered,
…and as they enclosed us in a concrete tomb for several minutes.
We weren’t on a set schedule today.
It was another super sunny, hot, steamy day on the river.
The water was a mirror…
and those 20 nautical miles
brought us to a marina that was very affordable
($1/foot with all the ammenities but sadly really questionable wifi.
Rogue antenna is definitely on our wish list for next year)
Now it’s time for a cocktail,
and a refreshing shower (a real shower!!!)
See you back on the water tomorrow…