After spending several days in Pittsford, we began to move further east on the canal. Our intent was to go as far as we could and still ensure a reasonable trip back to Macedon and the trailer. On our first day, we retraced our route through Bushnell's Basin and Fairport and Mid-Lakes Marina, before we started covering new ground. We made a quick stop in Bushnell's Basin to pick up Dave's dad, who would ride with us for half the day and through the first 2 locks. It wasn't long after Mid-Lakes that we encountered lock 30 in Macedon. The cables that we had grown accustomed to grabbing in earlier locks were not there any more, which caused some confusion as Cathy and Dad switched gears to grab a ladder instead. We were a little more ready to make the grab in the next lock 29, which we encountered just before Palmyra. This was Dad's jumping off point, so we pulled into their basin for some lunch while he waited for Dave's Mom to come pick him up. Palmyra is the birthplace of the Mormon church and the Hill Cumorah pageant had just ended, making the town a little sleepier than it might otherwise have been on a Friday afternoon. After grabbing an ice cream we hopped back on the boat and headed on east.
By the second of August, we were back in Macedon, having come full circle with our abbreviated canal trip. We had a great time, and for sure, we'll be back.
Prepping the boat for haul-out took less time than we thought. Within a couple of hours we were being loaded back on the trailer for the first time. It went OK, but we required the marina's backhoe to maneuver the trailer deep enough for the sailboat to be able to settle onto it. Cathy used the engine to try to power it on, but it wasn't strong enough to make a significant difference. With the marina's help, Jr was winched onto the trailer and secured good enough for transit. Another half day of work and we were ready to move out – the next morning. It was ironic that we set her up in the rain, and at the end we packed her up in the rain.
We have had a nagging question since we put her on the trailer for the first time. How much does Jr weigh? We finally got an answer on our way back to Virginia. Stopping at a truck stop scales, we positioned the truck and trailer to get a weight for each axle. It turns out that the boat on the trailer as we had it loaded, which did not include the mast was 6800 lbs. Since the limit is 7000, we will need to make a careful inventory of what we can remove before we hit the road again.
Before leaving Pittsford, we took advantage of our proximity to Rochester to connect with some friends. We had several nights of picnics and canal cruises on Jr, that gave us time to catch up with our former co-workers. In some cases, it had been many years, so it was time we really treasured together. Just before leaving, we made a long trek into downtown Rochester, a pilgrimage to a favorite eatery called Dinosaur BBQ. As it evolved, we ended up walking most of the way from Pittsford and part of the way back. It allowed us to walk off some delicious BBQ. It was a beautiful day, almost fall-like, so the walking was pretty easy. We took time to explore the historic canal's path over the aqueduct in Rochester. Our travels gave it a new perspective.