July 31 Melody Lodge & Marina in Seeley’s Bay ON
Last night we moved the boat to a small marina far outside of Seeley’s Bay, ON named Melody Lodge. There was only one dock with power for our type of boat – already occupied. But there is 110 current on our dock that, with a converter we have on board, will at least power the refrigerator. We hoped that the last locks would be opened and we’d get to Kingston today, but that didn’t happen.
Since the next few locks to get to Kingston on Lake Ontario were still closed, and we promised to pick up our friends that were landing in Toronto, we needed to get a ride to Kingston where our car rental was waiting. Fortunately for us, the marina owner, James, volunteered to drive us the 40 minutes or so there. We of course gave him gas money plus, as well as our huge appreciation. There are no Uber drivers in the town were we are staying!
We had called ahead to see if we could visit Dirk’s cousin Saskia and her husband, and of course she said “Come”. Our plan was to stay the night and then pick up Monica and Shaun in the morning.
August 1 & 2, Melody Marina to Kingston Mills Ontario
We traveled to Brampton, north of Toronto, and had a great time visiting Dirk’s cousin Saskia and her husband Randy. Great meals, great walks and talks, and successful shopping for supplies as well.
As we went to pick up Shaun and Monica at the airport the next morning we realized they had texted us that their flight had been cancelled and they’d arrive at 5:30pm, not 8:30am. We called Saskia and headed back to their house and spent another nice and productive day in the Brampton and Toronto area including shopping for boating items. Saskia invited us all to stay another the night with her and Randy, and once again fed us and Shaun and Monica with her excellent cooking and joyful spirit.
After a 3+ hour ride in our rental car to Kingston Ontario this morning we shopped for groceries, returned the rental car and got an Uber ride to the marina.
We are finally on the water we headed to the next lock, 15 minutes away. And here we sit. The lock is temporarily closed and we don’t think we’ll make it to Kingston tonight either! Will we ever leave the Rideau? Of course there are a lot of nice people here and we’ll have a nice evening. Shaun and Monica are great to have on board – happy to pitch and enjoying their vacation whatever it brings.
Update: We made it to Kingston Mills after all, but not to Kingston. We only have 4 more locks to go through here, and then the Rideau canal journey is complete… tomorrow!??
Unlikely, because there’s another complication… We were traveling using only the port engine since the starboard one has been overheating. We were were within 10 minutes of the lock when the port transmission stopped working – nothing! Dirk started up the starboard engine and we made it to the Kingston Mills walls, tied up, and called the Kingston marina to send up help!