September 10, 2001
The cruising world is really a small world! While we were in Holley, NY, a 32' Grand Banks ("Lee") pulled up behind us on the wall. As it turns out, we had talked to her Captain on the VHF and then followed "Lee" in through Absecon Inlet (Atlantic City) back in May! "Lee" is now working her way down to Florida for the winter from her home port of Vermilion, OH. We really enjoyed talking with them and will take to heart the recommendations they provided.
Holley was a very pretty town, especially the canal facilities - - new, clean showers and restrooms and a beautiful canal wall for docking - - and free electric and water. There was a Bayliner tied at the wall when we got there ("Beach House" - sailors turned power boaters - nice people), but when they left early afternoon, it was just us until "Lee" pulled up in the evening. We can definitely say that this is the time to travel the Erie Canal if you like it quiet!
We stopped in Brockport for football Sunday. Brian also did an engine oil change that morning. Brockport is a college town with everything a cruiser or traveler could need. As a side note, we would recommend Jimmy Mac's Bar and Tavern to anyone who gets to Brockport - - good local place and great hamburgers.
After waiting out a rain shower this morning, we went through 2 locks and traveled 4 1/2 hours today to Fairport, NY. We are exhausted - - we haven't traveled that far in days! We've kind of gotten to like the short 2 hour trips - - us? spoiled? You bet!
Fairport has lots of shops and businesses along its walls and it looks like a fun place to explore. Besides, the weather has cooled off again so it is much more comfortable.
The Fairport library does not permit use of its floppy drives so we will send pictures the next time.
Hope all is well with each of you.
Jeri and Brian