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Dick's Big Adventure

Posted on: May 05 2008 by John Barry

Monday, August 15, 2005

Last night we had a super dinner at Audie’s. The manager came to pick us up at the marina and also drove us back.

Due to Dorothy’s persistent sleuthing, the missing package from Raytheon was finally located at the Mac City post office. Jim persuaded someone to open the door early so we could leave at 0845. Lake Huron was unbelievably calm and we decided to go all the way to Tobermory, arriving at 3 pm. What a quaint little town bustling with activity. The boys installed the new sonar unit and did routine engine checking. Wonderful fish and chips at Craigies and a trip to the ice cream shop. If you’re ever up here, the key to the showers can be found under a rock by the front door.

156 miles
202 Gallons
6-1/4 hours

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

We checked out shops here in Tobermory, Ontario; Jim and Dick bought some great smoked white fish and trout. We took a 2 hour boat trip aboard the “Blue Herron” (glass bottom boat) to see several ship wrecks, and could actually see them in the crystal clear water as we hovered above the ships at the bottom of the bay. We further cruised the coastline of several islands, including Flower Pot Island. The erosion that took place over many centuries allowed the rock to be carved beyond belief. The lake again was incredibly calm. We had a special dinner at the Princess Hotel- then to bed for an early departure.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

We left at 0645 and found our calm waters had ended. “Time Out” handled the 6-8 ft NE waves adequately. Our destination was Port Severn, Ontario, Canada. The trip took 8 hours at lowered speeds to be comfortable. We entered our first lock (manual) after finding the entrance to the Trent-Severn through incredible array of an eastbound series of channel markers. The water in places was very skinny. Midway thru this narrow channel, the red buoy was now marking the LEFT side of the channel!

We stayed at the Severn Boat Haven marina just east of our entry lock #45. We fueled up, and spent time converting liters to gallons, $ Canadian to $ US, and meters to feet. After cocktails, which included a couple of boating neighbors, we went to dinner at the Inn at Christie’s Mill. Our new neighbors drove us both ways! The guys said it was strange to wear “long” pants for the first time in a week- but the restaurant was a little upscale. The locks open at 0830, so we can sleep in tomorrow.

112 miles
151 Gallons
8 hours
1 lock, up 14 feet

Thursday, August, 18, 2005

We left Severn Boat House at 0830. Weather was cool to overcast. We donned jackets but no long pants! Big Chute Marine Railway was an experience difficult to describe. The lock is a 3-story high open carriage that rides on twin tracks and portages the boat over land. We drove the boat onto the partially submerged carriage, and then 2 slings then were placed under the hull, which steadied the boat on its centerline, which rested on the floor of the open carriage. The carriage then rolled out of the water on the rails, up a small hill, then back into another body of water. In effect, this provides a barrier to prevent the migration of lamprey from Georgian Bay into Lake Simcoe.

We discovered a unique restaurant at marker S146 called Waubic Inn where we enjoyed a truly home cooked breakfast, including our first taste of peameal. (Canadian bacon) Glor even enjoyed a homemade butter tart.

Went through Swift Rapids lock (#43); had a RR bridge to open, and on to Orillia. All along the way are awesome rock formations- truly God’s artwork. There are also many small rock islands and most have a lovely home perched on it, accessible only by boat- amazing!

Arrived at Port of Orillia at 1700. It was a great marina, 200 transient slips, and was basically empty. Dinner at Brewery Bay Food Co.- good grub in a fun atmosphere followed by an ice cream cone on the way back to the marina.

42 miles
8-1/2 hours
3 locks, up 125 feet

Friday, August 19, 2005

Left Orillia at 0645- drizzly and overcast. Lake Simcoe really showed us it’s stuff- quite rough. The waves were short and choppy which slowed Time Out down until she handled it well. At 0930 we began a series of 5 manual locks and completed them in 2 hours! The lockmasters actually turned a large wheel connected to the lock doors via a worm gear arrangement! They made several dozen “walk around” circles to complete the door opening. On to the Kirkfield hydraulic lock- 1 of only 9 in the world. This lift lock has 2 water filled chambers counterbalanced on huge hydraulic pistons. As one descends, the other is forced upward. Like over 100 feet in the air in your boat within a giant bathtub! After that experience, we went through the last lock for the day, then to Fenelon Falls marina, arriving at 1500. Had dinner at the marina Boat House restaurant.

48 miles
8-1/2 hours
7 locks, up 126 feet

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Left Fenelon Falls on a cold and rainy morning with some haze. Went through 2 locks, down 30 feet. We parked the boat on the grey line after going through the lock, checked out the town of Bobcaygeon (2 blocks of stores). We had fish & chips for lunch. The boys then had to make a trip to the hardware store for “stuff” they decided they needed in the store. We waited until 1700 when we dock at Gordon Yacht Harbor Marina on their gas dock over night. It’s a very nice marina with top-notch facilities. Dorothy & Glor did some laundry and then off to dinner at Snaps Bar & Grill overlooking the river, followed by a frantic trip to the Kawarthas dairy store for their famous ice cream, getting there 1 minute before it closed at 9 pm! We took the calories to bed!

16 miles
2 hours
2 locks, down 30 feet

Sunday, August 21, 2005

We left at 0745, sunny and warm. Lot’s of “skinny water along the way- 2 feet of water under the prop. The captain went SLOW, however part of the journey included Hell’s Gate, probably some of the most breathtaking scenery along the way. It had many, many little rock islands that add to the Captains navigational skills. We docked at Island View Resort, a small, quaint operation with a fantastic restaurant. We strolled over to the adjoining marina to observe the “Bass Fishing Tournament” to see the fast boats and big bass. They had both! The restraint, the Old Mill, had all home cooking! For example; prime rib and Yorkshire pudding as 1 special & also combo plate of cabbage rolls, perogies, and grilled chicken breast or ½ rack of ribs. Jim licked his plate clean with the combo!!. Have hooked up with a Canadian couple and their son Austin & (Dave & Vivian) who also joined us for dinne r. They’ll probably run with us to Kingston.

33 Miles
4-3/4 Hours
3 Locks, down 39 feet
0 fuel

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Left Fenelon Falls on a cold and rainy morning with some haze. Went through 2 locks, down 30 feet. We parked the boat on the grey line after going through the lock, checked out the town of Bobcaygeon (2 blocks of stores). We had fish & chips for lunch. The boys then had to make a trip to the hardware store for “stuff” they decided they needed in the store. We waited until 1700 when we dock at Gordon Yacht Harbor Marina on their gas dock over night. It’s a very nice marina with top-notch facilities. Dorothy & Glor did some laundry and then off to dinner at Snaps Bar & Grill overlooking the river, followed by a frantic trip to the Kawarthas dairy store for their famous ice cream, getting there 1 minute before it closed at 9 pm! We took the calories to bed!

16 miles
2 hours
2 locks, down 30 feet

Sunday, August 21, 2005

We left at 0745, sunny and warm. Lot’s of “skinny water along the way- 2 feet of water under the prop. The captain went SLOW, however part of the journey included Hell’s Gate, probably some of the most breathtaking scenery along the way. It had many, many little rock islands that add to the Captains navigational skills. We docked at Island View Resort, a small, quaint operation with a fantastic restaurant. We strolled over to the adjoining marina to observe the “Bass Fishing Tournament” to see the fast boats and big bass. They had both! The restraint, the Old Mill, had all home cooking! For example; prime rib and Yorkshire pudding as 1 special & also combo plate of cabbage rolls, perogies, and grilled chicken breast or ½ rack of ribs. Jim licked his plate clean with the combo!!. Have hooked up with a Canadian couple and their son Austin & (Dave & Vivian) who also joined us for dinne r. They’ll probably run with us to Kingston.

33 Miles
4-3/4 Hours
3 Locks, down 39 feet
0 fuel

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Posted on: May 04 2008 by John Barry

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On the Water Again

August 10, 2005

After many months of “looking” at “Tiara’s” in several states and many marinas, we finally found a “Reel Delight” replacement! Can you believe it? It is a 40-foot express cruiser that has an overall length of 48 feet, and is 14 ½ feet wide. We spent a hectic 10 days before departure, getting her ready for our trip to FL, which will be her new home.

Dorothy and I asked Jim & Gloria Walkowiak to join us part way in our southern journey. The next few e-mails will be written by Gloria to give all of you a little “taste” of our summer experience aboard “Time Out”, the name of the “new boat”!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Don & Juanita Blackburn “taxied” the Hughes and Walkowiaks to Waukegan allowing the cars to be left at home during the cruise. Tom & Rose Mary Thomas and their daughter Melissa joined all of us for a bon voyage dinner at Madison Ave.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Great Odyssey, “Time Out” style, has begun- Dorothy was up very early, to complete the task of moving the remaining stuff from “Reel Delight” to “Time Out”. Jim also arose early to remove a stubborn EPERB from “Reel Delight”, only shearing one bolt on removal. We left for Port Washington at 0700, with Captain Dick, like a kid in a candy store with all the new gauges and switches, electronics toys, and the pair of 450 Cummings. Heavy fog outside of Port Wash allowed immediate trust in the radar and newly installed Raymarine chart plotter. After fueling, we continued across the lake a little uncomfortable into SE winds and heavy seas towards Frankfort. Dinner at Villa Marine bar, and early to bed for a well deserved good nights sleep.

195 miles
471 gallons
8-3/4 hours

Friday, August 12, 2005

Still in Frankfort, decision for destination delayed because of high winds. The boys were off to the hardware store a gazillion times, and we spent some time learning the secrets of this new boat. Today is Glor’s birthday. The harbormaster gave her a present, as he searched his heart and marina for a place to stay an extra night- on the wall. It cooled off and Glor was happy. The Lord also arranged another beautiful sunset as a fitting end to this special day. Dinner at Coho café was extraordinary.

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

We left Frankfort at 0700 (Dick is weakening) for Petoskey because the Becks, Spechts, and the Hays are also heading there from Elk Rapids. Had a nice ride in 1-3’s. We spit shined the boat for it’s first official showing. Cocktails for the 10 of us at Beck’s boat at 1659 and dinner at City Park Grill, excellent food & good company.

91 miles
4 hours
0 gallons

PS: Neither couple was able to secure an acceptable Canadian cell phone add-on, so once we are in Canada (Tuesday?), phone contact will necessarily be limited.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Left Petoskey fairly early (0700) for Mackinaw city on beautiful water, where a Raytheon sonar unit will be delivered. The software is ? We are still organizing boat contents, tweaking and adjusting hardware, etc., and increasing our knowledge of the boat’s systems and top-notch features. It’s a beautiful warm day, relaxing and entering our future routes. We are planning dinner at a nearby restaurant.

57 miles
204 gallons
2-1/2 hours



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