This lock raised me about 40 feet; looking back down the waterway.
Monday, June 28, 2010
This is Jake Stachovak from Wausau, WI. He is kayaking practically the entire Great Loop. I came up beside him after we went through a lock and asked where he was going. Felt fortunate to have met him. We took each other's pic. He does about 30 miles a day and started last year, will finish in Aug. Taking lower route back to Michigan
Trent Severn Waterway sign
Great motel right on the water in Campbellford, Ontario
Ok Lyn, lets get it together. I was coming up the Trent Severn Waterway in Ontario behind some other boats going to the next lock. There was a zone of "no wake speed" which is about 5 mph. There were red channel markers to the right and green to the left. Most boats don't steer in a straight line at low speeds. I was checking on a phone number for a motel and when I looked up I was about to strike the green buoy; decided going around it to the left was best at that point. Bang!! ##**&&#. Hit what probably was a rock obstruction. I immediately killed the engine and raised the motor **##%&%. Checked out the motor and looked at prop and it seemed to have same nicks as before. Throttled up to 8-10 mph and engine would rev but I could only do 8 mph until the prop began to slip. Had to have mechanic look at it this AM (Monday) and I had sheared the bushing in the prop - thank God that’s what it was. This prevents more serious damage to the motor transmission. Technician had to travel an hour round trip to pick up a new prop. To be honest, we weren't sure this was the problem. It was, and I'm back in the saddle after a day off here in Campbellford, Ontario. The town was founded by two brothers in the early 1800s. Rural and very scenic - I'm at a motel on the Trent Severn Canal - what a great place. Road trip someday??
Went across Lake Ontario yesterday morning from Oswego at 6:00 AM in calm waters. Used a GPS bearing for 1.5 hours to Duck Island as there was no land in sight anywhere. Duck is just a small uninhabited island and was my first waypoint - then waypoint #2 got me into the Adoulphus Reach between Kingston and Picton, Ontario. Then on to Trenton before noon - then into the Trent Severn to Campbellford. Hit the obstruction several locks before town but due to no wake zones between the locks I made it ok with the injured motor. So far the Canadians have been quite friendly and helpful - complain a lot about their taxes. Listen up Washington!!
So many things to mention and so little space - certainly there are down days when things don't go as planned but have not wished for this adventure to be over, yet. I miss Joanne a lot and our Avon home - and all of you. Thanks for checking in.