Lockport, New York got its name from a series of five locks that were built on the Erie Canal in order to raise the canal over the Niagara escarpment. The Erie Canal is what first
|following a small sailboat on the canal|
|approaching the lock|
|closer to the lock|
|Inside the lock|
The canal was dug by man and animal. The wheel and lever were about as high tech as it got in the early 1800's. The work was hard and dangerous. In one construction season, over 1,000 workers died from to Malaria. The highest paid
|selfie for the grandkids|
|Gates opened, we sail on|
The kids could run faster then men when "out-running the blasting fuse". Many of the powder monkeys didn't survive their teenage years.
After the canal was opened to traffic, children were used again to drive the mules/horses that pulled the barges of cargo. A tow path had been built alongside the canal for this
|Old City Hall looking up from the canal|
In Lockport today, you can ride on the Erie Canal and go through two of the original five locks. You also pass under what is called the "upside down railroad bridge". The
|Upside down Railroad bridge|
The tour takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours and was very nice. You can just ride along as the captain tells you historical facts
and points out interesting things. On my way back to the
campground I stopped at a local restaurant. I don't know if it was just that I was hungry but the food was great. I ordered a local favorite called Steak in the Grass. It was a tenderloin
|Steak in the Grass|
I also got a couple nice pictures of the Niagara River from the bluff where I fueled up on the day before moving day. In one of the pictures you can see the Coast Guard station which is the same one that I took a picture of in the early post about Old Fort Niagara.
|The Sunoco on the left is where Freedom is sitting|
|Niagara River with Lake Ontario in background|
|Niagara River/Lake Ontario, Coast Guard station|
The last picture is of Lake Ontario. The road runs right along the bank for miles. This picture was taken out of the drivers window. Houses, with large picture windows, are on the
|Lake Ontario on a beautiful day|
Yesterday was Moving Day. I hitched up and moved to the middle of the state near the town of Geneva, New York. I traveled over another New York state toll road. I paid $6.25 to travel about 30 miles. To pay such a price, in addition to the federal and state fuel taxes, you would expect to ride on the smoothest of highways. Wrong, wrong, wrong. There were stretches of this road that I thought Liberty would be broken in half. You would think if you paid a premium price, you would get a premium road. New York has the worst "major" roads of any of the ten states I've gone through on this trip. Conversely though, their secondary roads are great.
This part of the state is known as the Finger Lakes Region. If you look on a map of the central part of New York state you can see a series of long lakes, some as long as 35 miles. These lakes run north-south because they were created by the retreating glaciers during the last ice age, just like the Great Lakes. If you continue to look at most of the North East U.S. you will see many more such lakes, only smaller, that were created in the same way.
I will be leaving here tomorrow heading south. I will stop in a town just across the border in Pennsylvania to get my prescription filled. There is a place I want to visit in that area of New York and should get there by Sunday evening.
Ya'll take care of each other. Cya down the road.