8/30/17: We are nearing the end of our journey on the Erie Canal. From Amsterdam to the end of the canal at Waterford was 40 miles of travel and 8 locks. We searched for one more place to break that journey into two days and found dockage in Schenectady at the Schenectady Yacht Club.

Our trip from Amsterdam to Schenectady was much of the same as our previous days. A slow pace just taking in the beautiful countryside and going through a lock every few miles. The scenery is becoming a little bit more urban. We are seeing more and more houses, commercial buildings, and have even seen a couple factories along the way.

We arrived at the yacht club, filled up with diesel and did a pump out, and moved to our slip. The yacht club was a nice little oasis along the canal. It was a single row of floating docks along the shore, but had a lot of amenities for the members. Besides laundry, showers, and restrooms, this club had an outdoor swimming pool, clubhouse, and and open-air “event center” with huge refrigerators, commercial cooking equipment, and barbecue grills. Along the shore next to the docks was a nice grassy area with trees and picnic tables.

We didn’t feel like cooking that night, so the group of us ordered Chinese delivery and ate at a picnic table. I think we are all feeling the same way but don’t want to say anything: we know the end of our shared journey is near, and just want to enjoy each other’s company while it lasts.

Pics of Schenectady

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