We had planned to depart Port Ewen aboard our new-to-us trawler at dead low tide on Friday morning–6:30–to get a bit of a push up the Hudson, but we woke to dense fog.
We held off leaving for nearly an hour, until it began to lift, but then ran into very dense fog at the entrance of the Rondout. Fortunately it began lifting for us as we made our way north up the Hudson.
We enjoyed a pleasant day motoring up the Hudson River. It was a slow ride, and a beautiful one. Our plan was do the Federal Lock at Troy, then tie to the wall at Waterford before doing the first 5 locks of the Erie Canal, also known as the Flight. But when we arrived at Waterford, the place was packed with boats; no available space with some boats rafted and two others anchored. (Due to the very high water in this region and continuing rains, the Champlain Canal remains closed. We believe it is likely that most of the boats at Waterford are waiting for that canal to open.) Two boats locked up to Waterford with us at Troy. We had no choice: It was late afternoon, we were tired, but we were going to do the flight of 5 locks before stopping for the night. The good news is that by the 4th lock, we had a much better idea what we were doing!
Around 6:30 that first evening, we tied to a wall just past the second guard gate of Lock 6. We were tired. It was great to fall into bed and get a hard night’s sleep.