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Published: August 5th 2016
Hrmm... this sign looks familiar.
Day 24 - Montreal to Grand Island
Today's highlight was crossing back into the US on the east side of Lake Champlain. We drove through Vermont down Lake Champlain and then crossed back into New York. We had breakfast in St. Albans VT, which was cool because we were at one time thinking of moving to the original St. Albans in the UK. We searched for a quaint little Vermont roadside gift shop and finally found one just before the state line. There were several options to get over to the west side of Lake Champlain, but we chose to go south to the bridge (instead of the ferries). While in New York we drove through some of the mountainous back roads. We saw some great little towns and beautiful lakes along the way. We would have continued through the mountains a bit longer, but there were no gas stations and towns were few and far between. We made it out to I-90 and stopped to see one of the locks on the Erie Canal. There are service stations on the toll road that you can visit without paying, and they cleverly lined those up with interesting Erie canal locations.
Such a pretty sign for a pretty state.
We were there just in time to see one of the locks in action. Two fishing boats were making their way up-river. We watched the lock empty, open, close, fill, and open again. Anne used the time-lapse feature on her phone to film the whole thing while Tony and Michelle watch the process in detail. It was very similar to the locks we saw in England but on a larger scale. The locks in England were manual and this one was powered. From there we headed west on I-90 on our way to Niagara Falls. The trip would have been uneventful except that the in-car DVD player chose that moment to detach from the roof. Michelle had just reached to open it when she called out that now would be a good time to stop. The player was holding on with one screw and Anne and Michelle were able to hold it up until Tony found a place to stop the car and trailer. A quick rummage through the tool-box and the DVD player was detached and we were on the road again. Michelle will have to wait until we can stop and reattach it before she can watch any
15 minutes on the Erie Canal
It took a while for the lock to fill up and empty, but we had fun chatting with the operator. Apparently, the lock is busiest during fall/spring when people are moving their boats to their seasonal homes.
more movies. We finally made it to Grand Island and the KOA there. We pulled in in time to have a campfire and talk with our campsite neighbors. They were a family from Germany and had gone to the Falls that day. They filled us in on the best activities. since we would be going on a Saturday in the summer, we decided to get an early start the next morning. Michelle saw that there was an amusement park right next to the KOA (with a private entrance for campers), but we told her we would be very busy and probably won't be able to go.
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