Weekly Mileage: 140
Total Mileage: 3,865
Sunday I left Lock 28b in Newark, NY and had a good day of paddling. I made it to lock 33 in Pittsford and camped there at the lock. The last part of the day was spent paddling through the outskirts of Rochester. I was camped near a bike trail that night and before dark a lady stopped to talk and after finding out what I was up to, she offered to wash my dirty laundry at her house that was nearby. Around eleven that night she brought back my clean laundry and a container of warm brownies!
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Canal boats on the outskirts of Rochester
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Terri Sulivan bringing back my clean laundry
Tuesday I paddled the southern edge of Rochester, NY and made it to the Adam's Basin lift bridge. The wind started whipping straight down the canal this afternoon at 20-30 mph so I pulled up to the canal wall at the lift bridge and camped at a little picnic area. The lift bridge control tower was nearby so I found an outlet to charge my phone and a hose to take a shower with.
Wednesday I made it to Albion, NY and docked my kayak at the town mooring area on the canal. I changed into some dry clothes and made a 2.5 mile hike to the WalMart outside of town for groceries. It was a long walk back with all my groceries, but I eventually made it and camped there near the town dock.
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Right after sunset in Albion, NY
Thursday I got an early start and made decent time. I had a touring bicycler from Maine stop and talk to me that morning name Daniel. I made a rather long day of it and made to Lockport, where I went through a double stacked lock, which are the last two locks to get into Lake Erie. The lockmaster, John, was super nice and let me camp near the lock, use the lock house shower and fill my water bags. That night I had storms and lots of rain but luckily it didnt get too severe like the forecast had said.
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The last lift bridge in Lockport
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Locks 34 and 35 were stacked against each other
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The lock master, John
Friday morning I hung around until mid morning, waiting to see what the weather would do. I finally took off and it rained for a short time before just drizzling for the better half of the day. The wind also picked up and it was a kind of frustrating day but I exited the canal mid afternoon and entered the Niagara River. I made it to Mid River Marina where I had some packages waiting. The marina guys were real nice and let me hang my hammock under an aluminum picnic shelter for the night. I also got a shower and rested for the evening. It rained hard twice after dark.
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Leaving the erie canal
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The Niagara River
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Mid River Marina
Saturday I paddled up the Niagara River and entered Lake Erie, going right past downtown Buffalo. The water has gotten really clear since leaving the canal and it kind of feela like I'm back on the ocean. I made it to Sturgeon Point marina, a public marina where they let me tie my kayak behind the fuel dock and camp for the night.
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Looking across the Peace Bridge into Canada. Hard to believe I was in Key West in March
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Buffalo, NY
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The harbor light and entrance in Buffalo
 


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