July 13, 2001
Get this - - the speed limit on the Trent-Severn Waterway is 6 MPH. that means that even WE have to decrease our maximum speed (of a whopping 8 MPH)! But the waterway, so far, is beautiful. Part of it is rustic, part typically "canaly", and some of it goes through lake districts where there are lots of summer homes and cottages.
We have gone through 18 locks in the last three days. The locks will now be further apart and we will go through more lakes. The three "interesting locks" are yet to come. I'll write more about them when we get there. One side note: coming out of lock 7 yesterday morning, Brian suddenly pulled back the throttle. Right in front of the bow was a muskrat swimming across the canal with a bouquet of flowers in his mouth! It looked like something out of a children's book. And last evening, we watched a racoon searching for food near one of the dams.
The lockmasters on this canal are very helpful. They do everything they can to help, including helping with lines, pushing the boat off when it is time to leave, and providing information about the area. We are very impressed with them. The walls both before and after the locks are also great - - park-like with restrooms (the walls are where we tie up at night). Today, we are in Hastings and will probably stay here until Sunday. We understand that the walls can get busy on Friday and Saturday nights so since we have a spot (and it is right in a town) we will plan to stay.
It was been chilly - - 65 degrees and breezy. Some of the lockmasters have been joking that there may be ice ahead on the waterway ... well, at least we think they are kidding.
We've met lots of nice people and are taking our time and absorbing it all. This is a beautiful country. By the way, most of the Canadians in this part of the world do not speak French. And only the younger generation uses the metric system. So, thus far, we haven't had any problems being understood - - either via the English language or with numbers!
That's all for now. Will write again when we get the chance.
Jeri and Brian