HeartBeat is a 1970 Pacemaker Alglas 33 that is currently being restored/refitted to have the capabilities of extended cursing. Her travels through Canada, USA and abroad will be documented in a book and blogged for those who are interested in her adventures.
Directly after I leave Lock 1, the Phoenix wall appears. It`s a beautiful facility the town has setup
for boaters. There is power and water
right at the wall. Although the power
connections are only 15 amps and the town asks you not to use your air
conditioning, the charm of this place more than makes up for this small
shortcoming. There is also a free pump out available. The park adjacent to the wall is well
maintained with adult tricycles to borrow, picnic tables, Muskoka chairs, and lovely
flower beds. There are also many patio tables with nice comfy chairs and
umbrellas available to the visiting boater right on the wall. Bathrooms and
showers are not available on weekend or after hours but the atmosphere of this
place more than makes up for this inconvenience.
Ducks of all sorts abound around the duck
feeding stations rights there in the park. These stations are set up to
encourage the ducks to call this spot home.
Although this town, like so many, has been hit
hard by the recession there is still evidence of pride in America throughout
the harbour area. Houses are being
maintained, American flags are flying, and a good natured spirit lives strongly
A must for breakfast is Larkins.
It’s gotta be one of the friendliest places in the area. A big appetite is needed to finish a regular
sized order. Perhaps I should have
chosen a small plate. The servings, in
my opinion, are huge.
Groceries and basic supplies can be obtained 2 blocks north at the Nice
To explain the attitude the town has towards visitors I offer an excerpt
from the town mission statement printed on visitors pamphlets “To serve all tourists that visit our canal
site, to offer hospitality to tourists and townsfolk …” They certainly live
up to the mission statement, from locals living along the canal who offer
directions when needed, to police officers that are quick to stop, talk and
tease tourists in a light hearted, friendly manner.
Leaving Phoenix you pass a nice new canal maintenance center filled with
tugs and barges. You can’t miss it.
And now I leave the Oswego Canal, heading for the Historic Erie.
Traveling south from Minetto and
Lock 5 along the Oswego River I pass Battle Island.I keep to the left in the river to go around
the island, as recommended, and have no problems, however I think that if I had
passed to the right I would have been ok as well.I pass big homes and estates interspersed with
smaller, older homes, reminiscent of life gone by on the island.Looking left and right there is evidence of
the old canal.
Evidence of the Old Erie Canal
As I continue traveling south,
the homes become smaller and the river
becomes more rural. By the time I get closer to Fulton I notice the houses remain in the
earlier 20th century style of home, built during
hay-days of the canal when commerce
was flourishing and people made
their livings from use of the canal and towns
such as Fulton prospered. Fulton is a typical riverside town with small
businesses of a community living alongside
As I approach Lock 3, I do have
to be careful of the spillway because
it will push me around.
after exiting Oswego Lock 3 (no, I didn`t skip Lock 4, there isn`t one for some
reason), I come to Fulton. On the east side of the canal is a small harbour carved
out of the canal wall, with very little room to manouvre. There are quite a
number of finger docks all with power and water, if I were to go back, I
wouldn’t try the fingers because there is not enough room to manouvre larger
boat, say anything over 27 ft. There is
room on the wall at the entrance to this harbour for about two larger boats. The wall would have been the better choice to
park for a short visit. The town square, just up the
steps from the docks, is nicely done, with flowers and wide interlock stone
pathways for strolling. From this pathway
I easily access the shopping district, with the availability of some groceries
and other necessities. Every Saturday
during the summer, in the parking lot, there is a small farmers’ market, with
fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and other items like hand made candles and
soap to purchase. While the booth owners
are friendly, the residents don’t seem to be as accomodating to strangers and
less than enthused about seeing dogs on leashes (and thoroughly well-behaved)
in the market area. Once
again on my way and approaching Oswego Lock 2 the riverside houses become
larger and more luxurious.The grounds
surrounding them (they are too big to be called yards) are as neatly tended as