August 22, Tuesday, Lakefield to Bobcaygeon, ON
Before we left our quiet lock dock in Lakefield I took an early walk to town. It was quite nice with typical stone and brick store fronts and lovely flowers on the light posts. I also enjoyed watching some ducks on rocks in the river.
There were warnings of rain and thunderstorms for the afternoon so we left early with the idea of getting through some locks before noon. We made it until around 11am when it started to pour just as we arrived at a lock. We tied up and read while we waited it out. At some point Dirk noticed the rain had stopped, and off we went again. Cottages and some Inns were along the shore as we cruised up rivers.
Some time after the Youngs Point lock we came to Stoney Lake which lived up to its name with many small granite islands strewn about along the way, some with cottages. The island cottages looked so inviting and the church on the granite island is famous in the area.
We needed to stop in Buckhorn to pick up our spare pair of propellers that required straightening as the result of a grounding incident long ago in New Jersey. Crate Marina in Belleville sent them here for repair and we were appalled at the charge. We thought it would be less in Canada but it was more than double the what we paid in the US. As Dirk lifted them aboard the rain started in earnest again, so we sat at the dock for a while and headed out once it stopped.
It was already after 3pm but we hoped we’d make to the town of Bobcaygeon before the lock closed and 5:30, and we did!
We had borrowed a Trent-Severn Guide Book more than a month ago from boating people on “Spunky Joe”, promising to return it to their home port of Bobcaygeon once we got there. They might have wondered what happened to us since we were about a month late due to all the weather and repair obstacles we’ve encountered. We were happy to finally give the book to the lock master who mentioned they had stopped by asking for it. Nice people!
After tying up the boat Dirk noticed a familiar trawler around the corner – Barefoot Lady and John and Dodie! They had stayed an extra day in town due to the rainy weather! We joined them for a Kawartha ice cream run (great ice cream made in Bobcaygeon) and for breakfast the next morning. Hope we see them again on our journey.