Erie Barge Canal (3)

The Locks stop operation at 17:00 and we just missed number 16.
We ran up to the gates to see the perspective from ring side.
By the end of the season the seals on the door faces are damaged from debris and leak badly.

We settled down for a quiet evening on the adjacent lock jetty and cracked open a bottle of Chablis to accompany barbequed salmon steaks. Darn - cruising is tough!

Next day, more bridges, dams and another Lock.
In some locations, the canal is bracketed by a highway on one side and major railway lines on the other.  The truckers like to give you the "honk" so we started tooting right back.
As you can see here, fall has started to paint the hills in a collage of colour and with a myriad of patterns.
Each bend in the canal brought new vistas.
More interesting vessel traffic.
Notice the hard working guy sitting in front of the wheelhouse. Hum - government job?
This is the Greater Amsterdam River Park that is available to boaters.  If we had known of its existence, we would have stayed here.
If the crew abandons ship, I know were to look for new trainees.
We came down a long gorge and around a bend and behold a castle.
When I examined this with the binoculars, it appeared to be under renovation.  Guess the Governor will have to wait a little longer.
It's turning colder and the mornings are very foggy.  With the mast down, we do not have radar so we're losing several travel hours each day.
This unusual photo catches the red morning light from the sun reflecting off a fog patch that was rolling across the water.
An hour later and you would not know that there had been any fog.
From Lock 7 on down, things became fast and furious.  We were so busy boat handling, that we didn't have time to take pictures.  For those who follow, the Troy Federal Lock has no ropes and the cables are spaced too far apart for recreational boats.  Beware!!!