|Divergence of Canal and Mohawk River|
Along this section, there are also a number of Guard Gates. They are partly about flood control, and partly about traffic control, but most of them are left open all the time. The picture below shows a typical gate consisting of two side-by-side lift gates. In this case, the right gate is closed.
|Pair of Guard Gates|
Speaking of cars zipping by, even the freight trains are going faster that us. Boats give a whole new meaning to slow. We figure a wagon train would be slower, but that's about it.
After a long day, we cleared Lock #18 and a few miles stopped at the town marina in Ilion. It's the town's old barge terminal which has been turned into a marina and RV park and isn't a bad place to overnight, except the train traffic is pretty loud. Anyone who thought railroads are dead should think again. There was a freight train every 30 minutes on this line from dawn to dusk.
This morning, we set out for Lake Oneida with plans to stop at one end or the other.
Yesterday I was playing around with making a time-lapse video of a lock-through and quickly discovered that I didn't know how my camera worked for video. The unfortunate outcome is that I can't show the highest lock (50'), but today I got it figured out so here's a video of us locking up in #19.
Lock #20 takes us to the highest elevation on the Erie Canal - 420 ft - then we start locking down towards Lake Oneida and Lake Ontario. Here's the sign post at Lock #20 marking the "pass".
|Lock #20, Highest Elevation On Erie Canal|
We finally arrived at Sylvan Beach at the east end of Oneida around 3:30 and decided to go ahead and cross since the marinas on the other side are more attractive. The skies were looking a bit menacing at the time so we took the opportunity to run the engines up for an hour and scoot across to the other side. By 4:30 we were tucked into a slip in Brewerton and ready to fire up the grill.