Exciting Schenectady, we passed the GE Research facility on the bank of the river. Another cool and clear morning — but it will again heat up and be a hot day. We stopped in a town called Waterford for lunch. Jackson and Randy needed a pizza fix. After lunch we had one last lock to do, this one on the Hudson River. We were through the canals!! Woohoo!
In Albany, we had dinner at sketchy looking steak and seafood place behind some vacant industrial buildings nearby. Food was surprisingly good!!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30TH — DAY 9 (Jackson heads back home — Lee and Randy go on to Catskill, NY)
Randy and Jackson got up early to do a scrub down of the boat before we head off to the station to catch Jackson’s train back to Toronto. Very sad to see him go. Randy and Lee head back to the boat for the trip to Catskill, NY where we will spend a few days getting the mast put back up and the boat back together.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31st — SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST — DAYS 10, 11 (Catskill, NY — Putting the boat back together)
Friday is spent getting the mast put back on the boat (Randy) and doing laundry and groceries (Lee). It is very hot and humid. Brutal day for doing anything. Saturday is equally hot and we spend it re-rigging the boat. Mid-deployment of the sails, we get yet another visit (#2) from the police/border control. Apparently we look suspicious.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND — DAY 12 (Catskill, NY — Poughkeepsie, NY)
A very short day to Poughkeepsie, NY on the Hudson River. This is a very sleepy little club, but one of the friendliest we have visited. We eat on the boat as the sun sets. Beautiful!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD — DAYS 13 (Poughkeepsie, NY to Haverstraw Bay)
The trip from Poughkeepsie to Haverstraw Bay, where we will see the widest point on the Hudson River, goes through some lovely areas. The Hudson River has been a real surprise. It is overcast and cool, and you can feel the rain in the air, but it holds off. Again we get pulled over by the police (#3), this time the Westchester County police. They recommend a good marina and place for dinner though. The Haverstraw Marina is the largest fresh water marina in the continental US. It is huge! The walk to the shore from where we have Silver Maple docked is about 1km. Crazy! But we have a great dinner in the restaurant and welcome swim in the cool pool.