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post #12 of Old 01-25-2003
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Erie Canal System

Hi: Did the Erie Canal August 2002 and you will love it. About 310 miles of everything - great food great people and great Stopovers. We entered from Lake Erie at Buffalo and meandered to Tonawanda New York - about 10 or so Miles. Had the Mast taken down at Miller''s Marine $3.00 foot and the guy is great. Be carefull at Lake Oneida - you need a calm day and not a weekend. Put the Mast up at Riverview Marina on the Hudson. Don''t have any work done there - we got bit pretty bad. Get Reed Tide and Current tables to help you climatize yourself to the change in water. Not really a big deal. I have done the Welland Canal 8 times and Erie Barge is less turbulance less traffic (no freighters) and dockmasters are very helpful. I think we paid $35.00 U.S. for a 10 day permit and will take longer on our return trip to appreciate the little villages along the way. Scale of 1 to 10 the trip is a definate 9
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