Day Five - St. Lawrence Seaway

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Waiting on ferry

It was Tuesday and our day to lead.  I had studied the map and decided to take the road closest to Lake Ontario, thinking that it would provide us with the prettiest scenery.  The morning was cool and a little bit damp, but when the clouds lifted, we were riding beneath a sky of blue.  The morning started with a good breakfast at our hotel, so we could wait until mid-afternoon for lunch.  Leisurely riding, just enjoying the warm sun and the road.  Nothing could be better. 

After about 80 miles, a road sign caught our attention.  Ferry ahead.  Why do we need a ferry?  Well, we found out.  The road came to an abrupt end and we found ourselves at a dead stop, waiting for the next ferry.  It gave us a chance to strike up a conversation with one of the locals.

Bridge crossing the St. Lawrence River from Ontario to New York.
  He said he knew all about our part of the world; he spends every winter in Florida.  The Lake Ontario winters are just too much for him so he and his wife head South around the time of the first frost.

Our new friend also told us we were only one hour away from Montreal.  Okay, I admit it.  I don't speak French!  I did some research on Montreal before we left home and it sounded a little bit scary to me.  If I have to read road signs that are written in French, I might as well be on the moon.  Maybe we'll do Montreal another time.  For now, let's just concentrate on getting back across the border into the USA.

The ferry ride was uneventful and we were deposited on the other side without a wrinkle.  Now we were looking for the Canadian/USA border.

Honeymooners??
  No waiting line today.  How great is that?  The man working the border patrol wanted to know where we had been.  Jerry quickly replied, "Canada."  On, gee.  I wonder what he thought of us?  After we convinced him that we didn't have any intentions of blowing up anything, he let us cross so we pulled over and waited on J&R and J&N.  No complications.  Now we're in New York again.

The bridge over the St. Lawrence River is impressive.  So is the river which is actually a seaway.  It goes all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.   Freighters can enter from the Atlantic and go all the way to the Great Lakes.  Not just Lake Ontario, but all five of the lakes.

One of 1,000 islands on the St. Lawrence River.
  Now, that is quiet a feat of engineering.  Get your map out and find Duluth, Minnesota.  That's a long way from the ocean.  WOW.

By this time we were needing some groceries (lunch), and we started looking for the town of Alexandria Bay.  We had read that river rides were available in Alexandria Bay and we wanted to see 1,000 Islands.  We bought our boat ticket and ate lunch while we waited for the next boat to dock.

We definitely got our money's worth.  It was the off season in the area and only a handful of folks were on the boat with us.  I suppose that the boat captain was just enjoying the mild temperatures and savoring the day, knowing what lay ahead.

Boldt Castle
  Winters are unmerciful on the River with many feet of thick ice and snow.  The last days of summer were to be enjoyed and he was making the most of it.

The Boldt Castle was unbelievable.  Huge!  No one has ever spent a night in this massive home.  When the castle was being built, the lady of the house died before her castle was completed.  Her husband immediately halted all construction and moved back to New York City.  He left strict orders that since his beloved wife was unable to live in the castle, no one would ever live there.  The unfinished structure lay naked to the elements for 75 years.  Finally, someone took action and decided to complete the castle so that it could be appreciated for the work of art that it was intended to be.  Today tours are available for a price.  We didn't have time for a tour, but I am sure that it would have been very informative and enjoyable.

After our boat ride, we again were riding late and looking for a room.  On all of our trips, we have never been unable to locate a bed.  Today would be no different.  I don't know where we stopped.  It doesn't matter.  The bed was comfortable and warm and I slept like a baby.

 

 

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Waiting on ferry
Waiting on ferry
Bridge crossing the St. Lawrence R…
Bridge crossing the St. Lawrence …
Honeymooners??
Honeymooners??
One of 1,000 islands on the St. La…
One of 1,000 islands on the St. L…
Boldt Castle
Boldt Castle
Lighthouse quiding the way down th…
Lighthouse quiding the way down t…
Boldt Castle
Boldt Castle
Sharing the river with a cruise sh…
Sharing the river with a cruise s…
Big truck crossing over into USA. …
Big truck crossing over into USA.…
Waiting for our tour boat
Waiting for our tour boat
Looking for lunch.
Looking for lunch.
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