We left Congress in March and headed to Texas to visit our three boys and their families that lived there. I also thought I had to take another driver's test because of the size of our truck. I made the appointment, I had to wait 3 weeks to get in. When I got there and the lady looked at all the weigh info on our trailer and truck I was told I did have to take the test. THREE weeks wasted, oh well.
We enjoyed visiting with all the kids and grand-kids. We got to meet Jesse's girl friend and her daughter.
Leaving Texas, we headed to Rend Lake in Illinois for a week of rest. While there we made several bike trips. Then it was on to Ohio. Our two daughters still live there. One in Cincinnati, the other in Troy. While in the Dayton area we caught with a lot of friends and family. For two weeks it was run, run, run. Many days we would have lunch with someone and dinner with someone else. Rachel and Benji have three kids so it was ball games most evenings. Leaving Troy, we stopped at Mogadore, Ohio to visit a lady that Louise worked with years ago. On to Jefferson, Ohio where we stayed at a Thousand Trail campground for a week to rest up.
Monday we moved to Lockport, New York Elks Club. We chose Lockport for it's location. It's an easy ride to Niagara Falls, the Erie Canal, Fort Niagara and the Genesee Living History Park. Today was spent at the Erie Canal Locks.
The Erie Canal is a canal in New York that originally ran about 363 miles (584 km) from Albany, New York, on the Hudson River to Buffalo, New York, at Lake Erie. Built to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to theGreat Lakes, the canal helped New York eclipse Philadelphia as the largest city and port on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. The canal is now part of the New York State Canal System.
First proposed in 1807, its construction began in 1817. The canal contains 36 locks and a total elevation differential of about 565 feet (172 m). It opened on October 26, 1825.
We visited locks 34 and 35 today.
The lift of the two locks are 50 feet.
After wandering around this area we went home for lunch, then went back to town to visit the Niagara Historical Society Museum. This was a complex of 4 buildings--two large historical houses, one small one and a large barn. The exhibits showcased the life, times and business that made the original town of Lockport. After a couple of interesting hours, we were done touring for the day.
Tomorrow we head to Niagara Falls and Fort Niagara.
Till next time
Duane and Louise