July 30, Chaffey Lock in Elgin, ON to Melody Lodge & Marina in Seeley’s Bay ON
After enjoying the company and help of Dodie and John for a number of days, we said “so long” and headed to Jones Falls on the Rideau Canal – a little closer to our immediate goal of Kingston.
The port engine that John helped with is working great now. The starboard engine is still a concern so we traveled most of the day without using it.
We FINALLY went through the lock near Joe Holme’s island, and he wasn’t there! I can’t imagine why after expecting us for about 5 days! But I have pictures to prove we finally made it.
When we arrived at the Jones Falls series of 4 locks there was a 45 minute wait before we could even line up, so we enjoyed the company of some folks we met in a previous lock and I had a refreshing swim in the clear lake water. Dirk and I also had a chance to actually help open the manual locks.
While in the locks we received a text from Ian who we met in Newboro and was just checking in. I mentioned we were having engine problems and in one of his lives he was a diesel engineer and would see what he could do to help. Unfortunately the Hotel Kenney Marina lost our reservation and had no place for us, but we found another at a good location closer to the next locks and Ian and Pauline followed us here. After a hour or so, and the use of a coat hanger that Pauline fortunately was able to donate, the most likely cause of the engine problem was found (stuck seacock) which is a relief to at least know.
Tomorrow we’ll try to get through all 7 locks and to our marina in Kingston, and also find a boat mechanic, and rent a car and drive to Toronto. Just another day… sure:)