Finally we break out!! After spending the night in Tonawanda, NY we leave the cut from Black Rock locks. 11 days humping it through the Erie Canal we’ve finally made it to the Great Lakes. Just before making the bend around to the lake the air turned cool and crisp. We could smell the big water. We both had tears in our eyes as we made that final turn to Lake Erie.
Now we can hustle it up a bit and get offshore and let Shangri-La put on some speed (ok fine, it’s 8-9 knots) and stretch her props. The Lake Erie run was unlike anything we expected. First Buffalo. Where we met other Loopers and Harbor Hosts who went out of their way to assist us. Including grocery runs and a ride to the bus station where one day we hopped a bus to Niagra Falls. Once again, the incredible community of boaters was there for us.