Day 4: Lyons to Baldwinsville

Saturday, August 7, 1999

We slept comfortably in our different surroundings

Ben's boat.

At Millerís Marine, we saw the remnants of an aqueduct across the Ganargua Creek. That was the same creek across which we had seen another aqueduct earlier just after meeting Dave and Barbara.
Charity in the morning. Lock 27 in the background.
Aqueduct near Millerís Marine. This used to have five arches.
We traveled about fifty miles this day, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., without getting off the steamboat.
Lock 27 (lift 12.5 feet) at Lyons was just downstream of the marina, so we had to wait until it opened. We locked through about 7:20 a.m. It was a beautiful day.

We traveled along the canalized Clyde River for a while. The original river would meander on one side or the other of the canal, while our route would be straighter.
Three-paneled mural at the Southside Canal Park in Lyons.
Peaceful canal.

Purple loosestrife and driftwood.
We had descended through Lock 26 (lift 6.0 feet) at Clyde and Lock 25 (lift 6.0 feet) at Mayís Point by early afternoon and decided to go all the way to Baldwinsville, rather than stop at the Weedsport Terminal Wall as we had originally planned. We decided to make it a long day while we had good weather, especially because the next day was not supposed to be so good.

It continued to amaze us how remote we felt on the canal. We traveled through a long stretch with few locks.
Al, the whistle, stack, and pressure gauge.
Clouds over the canal.
We passed through the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. This area has an incredibly large number of great blue herons.

Clintonís Ditch didnít follow the route of the present day Barge Canal for a distance east of here. It went around the southern end of Onondago Lake, passing through the canal ports of Syracuse, De Witt, Chittenago, and Wampsville, meeting up approximately with the Barge Canal near New London.

Eventually we came to the junction with the Cayuga and Seneca Canal, marked by a small sign. This is the route to Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. Somewhat east of this junction, we picked up the canalized Seneca River.
Tugboat tender.
Cayuga and Seneca Canal.

The Richmond Aqueduct on the early Erie. The Richmond Aqueduct was 894.5 feet long and fifty feet wide inside. Thirty piers and two abutments of stone masonry supported the trough of timbers which carried the canal over the river. Thirty-one arches supported the towpath.
Flowers and heron.
As we got closer to Baldwinsville, we encountered many boats. In the region from, say, Weedsport, to Bíville, there were many small cottages along the shoreline. Cross Lake was a popular destination and vacation spot. Some inconsiderate boaters got too close and would follow along, leaving large wakes for us to contend with.
Buoy on Cross Lake.
Cottages near Baldwinsville.
We docked at the terminal wall in Bíville, just above Lock 24 (lift 11.0 feet). We had left wood here in a storage shed by the lock. The lockmaster said we could load the wood from the edge of the lock. So Al piled the wood by the edge and we took the steamboat in. We loaded the wood, then made an awkward U-turn and came back out of the lock It was actually more like a multiple K-turn. This was done with the upper gate open, so there were a lot of interested spectators.

As always, there were many people asking questions about the boat. We ate dinner at the Lock 24 Seafood Dining Room overlooking the lock: shrimp, hamburger, and salads. We also stopped at Eckerdís to pick up a few groceries.

The forecast was for rain overnight. Al put tarps along the sides of the bed.

Al with tarp.

Number of locks: 3
Approximate distance for day: 50 miles

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