0700: Underway once again after a nice weather delay in Burlington, Vermont... or BrrrMont as the locals call their state. It's a beautiful morning; the lake is flat and the air is crisp with the first hint of fall coming. I'm liking this freshwater cruising!
1130: Pulled into Moody Bay Marina.
1630: Pierre and his parents return. Nothing major. Gave the kid some steroids and a lollypop and sent him on his way. Interesting note: The Canadian health care that Obama wants America to mimic... doesn't cover Canadians when they travel outside of the border. So, not only do you pay, through taxes, for the gubberment health care, you also have to carry your own private health care if you travel. The day has run long and it is decided to spend the night at Moody Bay Marina.
Sunday, 18 Sept 2011
0700:With renewed, renewed... did I say renewed enthusiasm, the hearty bunch once again set sail for the elusive Canadian border.
Radiation fog on the lake.0845: We pass by the last US settlement before the border; a town called Rouses Point. Up ahead just before the border is Fort Montegomery, or Fort Blunder, as it is known to locals.
Many of the stories told of this first fort are true. It was built upon soil later determined to be in Canada (although this tale is much more complicated than it appears in many accounts), it was never armed, and it was abandoned after only two summers of construction. The locals did carry off much of its materials for use in their own homes, stores and places of worship. Fort “Blunder,” lives on in the walls of some of the more ancient and prominent buildings in the Rouses Point area. It was not until 1842, with the ratification of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty and an adjustment in the border at Rouses Point, that Island Point reverted to United States control. By then, the fort had been somewhat dismantled by predation by enterprising local citizens.
0900: Off to port about a half mile further is a Canadian Customs outpost. No phoning the 800 number here... it's all meet and greet.
Later in the morning, we arrive at St. Jean and Lock 9. At only 110' long and 24' wide, at first it looks like a tight fit. Once in the lock, the first thing you notice are the flowers. Both sides of the lock a have a long row of flower boxes.
Lockmaster Roger with Owner Andre
We started at Lock 9 at 1140 and by 1515, we had completed the flight at Locks 1-3 and launched out into the Chambly River. It was sad to see the end of this portion of the journey. And with the Erie Canal out of action, for what I think will be two years, I am certain to see this canal system again.
Once out of the canal and into the river, it's pretty straight forward. Speed limit is 10 kilometers per hour (whaaaa?). The scenery is not disappointing. Many catherdrals dot the shoreline and
seeing how it's Sunday, the shepard calls his flock with a cacaphony of bells ringing over the water.
Every so often there is a cable ferry across the river.
Why, we even got a fly-by by the Canadian Air Force welcoming us to Canada!
The cruising season up here is form May thru October. So, boat owners are now just starting to pull their boats out for winter storage. Here is what a Canadian Travel-Lift looks like.
1825: We end the day tied to the lock wall at Saint Ours Lock; which by the way operates from 0830 in the morning til 1530 in the afternoon. Next stop - Sorel, Quebec.
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