All was ready to pull off of the mooring wall by 0645 in order to make the 15.2 sm to Fenelon Falls (Lock 34). There is no lock 33. Just as we were ready to pull away “Special Request” with Tommy and Carol aboard pulled out and headed upstream ahead of us. They are looping aboard a 60+ foot boat that draws around five feet and are from Germantown, Tennessee.
Much of the first part of the days run was through open lake. Since Special Request can run much faster than Sea To See when we are not held to the 10 km speed limit required in narrow channels she arrived at the next lock between 2 and 3 miles ahead of us. When we arrived it was time to load the lock so we were able to pull in and lock through the next couple of locks in tandem with Special Request.
The Kirkfield Lock (36) is another lift lock. This time instead of facing the solid wall while locking up we were facing the open end of the lock and going down. The lock is 49’ in the air so it is quite a sensation to look over your bow and see a 55’ drop (including bow height above the water).
Leaving the Kirkfield lock we ran into Dollinger and YOLO on the mooring wall. They had been a lock ahead of us all day but had pulled over here due to some mechanical issue that they were able to resolve. We went by them and followed Special Request down the Trent Canal and into Canal Lake. About half of this lake is very shallow and Special Request touched bottom on a few occasions even though he was running dead slow and on one engine. Sea To See never did touch but there were a few spots where there were just inches under our keel.
Finally the depths increased to 7-8 feet and we were able to go normal speed again as long as we religiously stayed mid channel/mid marker bouys. We went through a very interesting little opening in a bridge called Hole in the Wall and after that the depths were back to the normal shallow but passable standard. We continued down the Talbot River and Trent Canal through locks 37, 38 and 39 where we pulled over at the bottom end. What a great spot and we were the only boat there. When the lock shut down for the night we had the place all to ourselves.
I had just decided to go for a swim when Kenny and Kathy from the American Tug “No Zip Code” walked down to visit. Vicki handed me a sponge and I was able to clean the waterline where mud from the Cohansey River was still evident. Back out of the water we visited with the No Zip Code crew for another half hour when it looked as if it was going to pour down rain. They headed the half mile back to their boat and we holed up inside Sea To See for a torrential downpour.
It continued to rain off and on all evening so we did inside chores till it was past our normal sack time.