August 29, 2001
Our trip from Vermilion to Cleveland on Tuesday was good (By the way, for the boaters, the town docks at Verimilion were $1.25/foot). Although we had 2 - 3' waves, they were following seas so it wasn't bad at all. We got to Cleveland in 5 hours, just in time to pull up to Dick's Restaurant in The Flats for lunch. I had one of the best BBQ pork sandwiches I've ever eaten. Brian's fish wasn't bad either. Good place, even though the docks were so high that we had to put fenders on the flybridge!
We anchored inside of the Cleveland harbor breakwall (outside of the shipping channel) almost directly across from the new Brown's football stadium and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. It was a beautiful view, especially at night. The anchorage was quiet, but that could have been due to the fact that there was quite a bit of rocking and rolling from tugs and other boats' wakes (not hard to believe we were the only boat anchored in the whole 5 mile harbor). Oh well, it calmed down after sundown.
Today we traveled 4 hours (~35 miles) to Fairport Harbor. Cleveland is having a big air show this weekend and while we were cruising this morning, a prop plane was fying just east of us, obviously practising. We had our own little airshow for about 15 minutes!
We are anchored in the Fairport Harbor harbor by a nice beach. While walking to the library we noticed quite a few local restaurants and taverns, a small grocery store, a laudromat, liquor store, and several other small-town shops. Seems like a nice town.
Next stop: Conneaut, OH. Then Erie/Presque Isle, Dunkirk, and Buffalo. We should be starting east on the Erie Canal early next week.
We are off to explore the river in the dinghy.
Jeri and Brian