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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Long Reach to Clowes Lock, wall

4 locks today; 1 close by, then 3 kinda clumped together. Once you get into the first lock, they'll tell you you're going to do all the rest with these very boats. So not point in speeding.

Today we traveled ahead of Highwind. This section was a little twisty, a skinny, and a little narrow. Thus the 10 kph limits. Once we got to the first lock around 8:45 am we saw several other boats already waiting for lockage, which started at 9.

Due to sizes and priorities, inQuest locked with a couple of other boats before Highwind. Everyone in our group was fairly well behaved, which made getting the last 3 locks done pretty easy. We coordinated with Clowes Lock to stay. Due to timing we needed to help out and crew Highwind at the last lock.

In the locks with vacay boaters.
Lots of them this time of year.
Hannah and David locked with some ill-behaved fast boats that jammed at 20 knots between locks. Too bad they don't get fined for that. 

By the end, we were snug on the wall by 1 pm.

Every one of these locks has had wonderful park space around them, including mowed lawns, picnic tables, and walking/biking paths. During a tour we were told that the reason the Rideau existed was fear of Americans. Apparently, after the war of 1812 -- where America tried to overtake some key cities in Canada -- the Canadians were concerned the US would do something nefarious, like prevent the movement of goods or troops along the coasts of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. So they built the Rideau canal. It didn't take long for them to be obsolete (because we had zero interest since then in Canadian soil) and they solely exist as parks for the people, and a fun way to travel for rec boats. Like us.

We got held up for a immobile boat. 2 guys were walking
is up the channel wall. We stayed in the lock until they got to us.

If you zoom this pic you can see real lilies on the lily pads.

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