July 6, 2012

July 6, 2012  Day 56                                    Total miles to date  1092.3

The winding Rideau Canal
leaving Ottawa
Today was a travel day as we left Ottawa at 8:45 with Odyssey to catch the Pretoria Street bridge opening at 9:00.
Joyce handling lines securing
to the lock wall
Lock attendants crank the gates
open and closed by hand
Many kids out on the water today!
We lowered our antennas to 20’ 6” to be able to go under fixed bridges listed at 22 feet.  This was a busy day of going through 8 locks. Some of them were grouped together in flights of two or three.  We are on the Rideau Canal – which is narrow and at times, very shallow. Many homes dot the shoreline.

We arrived at Hurst Marina in Manotick, Ontario at 2:00. We spent the afternoon doing boat chores. We had a light dinner and invited Sally and Greg over afterwards for a dessert wine.

This is a short posting tonight after a hot and busy day. We will travel to Merrickville tomorrow and stay on a lock wall.