Jun 282015

Long travel day today.  We left Port Colborne as soon as the winds turned east. Getting underway was great for about an hour then the north winds started.  Hitting the side of the boat with only 3 foot waves but tossing us around a bit made it a queasy afternoon.  We did 160 miles and landed in Rondeau Bay with a very much needed diesel fill up.

Conductance full out proved to be a well tuned boat. We relied on electronics and a wish after getting to Port Stanley and finding out that they just took out their diesel tanks. No diesel until Rondeau Bay which was cutting it close. Scott watched the fuel gauges and range until we pulled into Erieau Marina with 3 gallons to spare. I think that was the nail biter for the day.

Now the winds have died down and left us with completely flat water to look at hoping for a good travel day tomorrow.

At Rondeau Bay we are staying at Erieau Marina with wifi, a pool, gym, LCBO and beer store along with the marine store all at the marina.  We walked through the town to the beach where a typical Lake Erie fishing village has come alive with cottages, tourists, cute little mom and pop restaurants.


 Posted by at 11:57 AM
Jun 272015

A travellers foe….gale force wind warning! We are stuck in Port Colborne. Not the best day out with predicted copious rain and wind. We spent most of today backing up files and finishing up those odds and ends at home. Back at the boat for dinner and a movie to hopefully get out in the morning.


 Posted by at 12:54 PM
Jun 252015

Beautiful cruise down the upper Niagara River from Tonawanda Gateway Park. When we were past the Peace Bridge the lake was flat. Made it to Sugarloaf Harbour in 1.5 hours.

The waters and winds are not looking good for a Saturday departure. 30-50 Cm of rain with gusts from the west of 70 km. That means big seas so we may not be leaving as scheduled.

 Posted by at 11:50 AM
Jun 222015

Our journey will begin leaving from Tonawanda and heading for a night or even two, depending on weather on Lake Erie, to Sugarloaf Marina. Thursday, June 25 or Friday, June 26 will be our target date to move Conductance to her first stop. Sugarloaf Marina is about a 1.5 hour trek from Tonawanda, crossing borders into Port Colborne, Ontario. Hopefully the water is flat for the journey and relieving a couple hours of travel from Saturday’s projected leave time will be appreciated by the Captain. Most of the essentials are already onboard. Still have to stock up on food, water, clothing and our so longs to family and close friends.

Conductance is in great shape after Scott did the usual spring maintenance, bottom paint and waxing to be sure the long journey will be uneventful, engine wise, that is. A full wash on Thursday and she will look the part too.

If you are following us on this journey please feel free to comment. It’s our only way to have touch with all of you while we travel. We look forward to sharing the Great Lakes and USA inland waterways with all of you. We appreciate that you are taking time to read about our crazy excursions and enjoy the scenery, share the experience and most of all be part of the adventure. 4 days to go before we begin our trek………hold please………

 Posted by at 2:11 PM