I have been busy these last few weeks putting the boat in good order, a few changes but mostly heavy maintenance items. Our bottoms are newly cleaned and painted so we are ready for the off.
Planning to do what I call “The Northern Loop”.
Up the Chesapeake Bay and through the C and D Canal to Delaware Bay then down to Cape May, then (something a bit tricky) offshore for 200 miles to New York City Harbor, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island etc. Probably spend a few days and several million dollars there before heading up the Hudson River for about two hundred miles to Troy, New York (entering classical country there) into the Erie Canal and via Rome, Utica, and Syracuse finishing on Lake Ontario at Oswego (about 300 miles). Across Lake Ontario to Kingston, Ontario, Canada and into the Rideau Canal system to Ottawa (120 miles). Probably spend some serious time in the Capital visiting old friends and then on the Ottawa River for a trip to Montreal back into the Saint Lawrence then, north again to Sorel, Quebec for the entrance of the Richleau River/Canal system, South then via the Richleau Canal to Lake Champlain (US again) and 150 miles South down the lake to the Hudson River again, then back to New York City, outside New Jersey to Cape May and back home via Delaware and Chesapeake Bays.
About 1600 miles, two countries, five states, two provinces, four canals, 89 locks and about 80 days of traveling (counting rest stops and waiting for weather).
Planning to leave first week of June should be back mid August.
Here’s a wee map, There is not, as it would appear, a new lake on the border of Quebec and Maine. It is a water stain which appeared due to the heat of the scanner. The cautious red line is the proposed route, (He spits reverentially to leeward to appease the sea Gods).
I will have an internet connection underway (for reporting purposes) and I am trying to set up a webcam on the boat so the world can watch as I bang into barges/lock walls/other boaters in various Countries.
Good opportunities for wall banging and total embarrassment here. The flight of eight locks from the Rideau Canal down to the Ottawa River right in the middle of the city of Ottawa, The Chateau Laurier Hotel is the big building on the left, out of sight to the right are the Parliament Buildings, always lots of spectators about.