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Oct 14, 2014 - Friday October 10, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014 Early risers this morning, it is quite chilly, a bit of a challenge to leave my cozy bed and face the day. We have no hot water at the moment, for some reason the water only heats when the boat is running. So there will be a delay in getting a shower. We will moor tonight in Mechanicville, our last full day on the boat. Time has flown by, but what a great way to travel. Breakfast was grape nut flakes, heated in milk. I have seen the ads for doing this but have never tried it. It was very tasty, along with a cup of...

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Oct 14, 2014 - Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday The trip is coming to a close, but what a wonderful experience. I just love traveling on a canal boat! Up about 7 this morning. There are glorious hot showers on land, with the added benefit of the shower head being a light show. I can’t quite understand by this is so, but it is a novelty, the colors are red, blue and green. After a hot shower, it was time for breakfast. Ryan had already eaten, and was getting the boat ready for cast off. I had pineapple yogurt with grape nut flakes, along with a bracing cup of tea. I tided up...

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Oct 9, 2014 - Thursday October 9, 2014 KSB

Thursday October 9, 2014 Up early, 7 AM, to get an early start on a long day. The showers, which are about a block away from our mooring were suppose to open at 7 AM, Ryan was up and over there a little bit after 7, but the doors were locked. Our water heater only heats when the motor is running so the water was freezing not shower temperature. We were debating what to do, when Ryan looked at me and said “you can stay below until the water gets hot enough for a shower.” Clearly between my battered face and my hair standing on end, he didn’t...

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Oct 9, 2014 - RCB canal trip

Thursday October 9, 2014 RCB Captain’s Log, Fort Edward Yacht Basin, North by North-Northwest (that’s nautical speak for just a little left of due north). Don’t let the moniker fool you, this vessel and crew haven’t gone preppy and elitist. The Fort Edward Yacht Basin is, actually, a wide spot in a small channel off the Hudson River, with a cement wall and some grass, just adjacent to Main Street. The grey, concrete docking wall is topped by a row of widely spaced cleats—stubby iron things, like a flattened anvil with a hollow in the...

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Oct 8, 2014 - RCB October 7th

Tuesday October 7 RCB Ahoy, ye landlubbing dirt scratchers, from somewhere wetter than anything this side of your bubblebath. Mum is up in the crow’s nest, keeping an eye out for the River Patrol, or maybe she’s in the galley scrubbing the skillet from the delicious supper that I whipped up for us---Hudson River Hash, is the name I’m trademarking for my dish, but you can have the recipe for free : empty one can of stewed tomatoes and half a jar of roasted red peppers into a saucepan, seasoning with a dash of sugar and whatever spices you...

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Oct 8, 2014 - Monday October 6, 2014 KSB

Monday October 6, 2014 Wonderful morning, up about 7 AM. It was cold last night, but with 6 blankets piled on me, I was quite comfortable. A flannel quilt would have been the icing on the cake, but it was toasty. Oh joy, the Mechanicville wharf has hot showers and bathrooms. The showers were heated and had plugs so I could blow dry my hair. In truth, it doesn’t really help, with the wind blowing, I am bound to have a messy hair day, but I can pretend it makes a difference. (NOTE: we have a shower on the boat, but it is the size of a phone...

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Oct 8, 2014 - Wednesday October 8 KSB

Wednesday October 8, 2014 KSB 8:45 AM Lock 8 This is a really long lock, we are drifting away from the wall-Ryan is out on the cat walk and has the slip knot in place. It was a tricky business, I was going to over to try and steer the boat back to the wall, but he managed without my help. This is a relief to me; I wasn’t sure if I could do it not and NOT knock him off! It rained all last night, a hard steady rain, but this morning the sun is out and it is pleasant. We started early today as we have almost 30 miles to go to get to Whitehall....

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Oct 5, 2014 - On board the Richard William

Sunday October 5, 2014 8:55 AM We are here ready for the orientation to the Richard William. The boat is loaded with our things, including some provisions we purchased last night. Meals should be interesting, I will keep you all posted. 9:40 Ryan is getting his orientation, significant differences from Wales. This boat is gas powered,. Layout is slightly different, a little higher so it is more of a challenge to see what is in front of you. Not sure what a shorter person, than Ryan would do, stand on a bench, I guess. There is more room...

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Oct 4, 2014 - Waterford, NY

Saturday, October 4, 2014 Here we are in Waterford, NY, about a mile away from the canal boat location. We have to be there, at the dock, by 9 AM, tomorrow. Ryan has to take a test and demonstrate his readiness to take command of the boat, that includes sailing a couple of miles with one of the staff. Far different than in Wales, there we had a quick orientation to the running mechanics of the boat, such as how to use the rudder then we set off. The son of the owner sailed with us, for about a mile, he had Ryan pull over to the shore, and...

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Oct 3, 2014 - Rochester, NY

Arrived in Rochester last night, good flight. Our trip to the airport had a little excitement, Megan picked me up, at my house, a little after 4 AM. We exited my street on to Denney Road and we drove just a short distance and there was a sheriff deputy sitting in his car. (Of course Megan saw him before I did.) I thought it was odd as Denney Road is a quite street, I thought he was taking a break. Megan, being ever vigilant said, he is going to run my plates. I thought, why would he do that? We turned on to the freeway, Hwy. 217 and...

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