Day 83, July 19, 2012 (Bay Port, ON): At the end of the Trent Severn waterway! Our destination, yesterday, was to have been Bay Port in Midland but winds were gusting to 40 kph and wave heights in the open were up to two meters with a short period. The weather had been sticky hot and the horizon looked unsettled. Having decided to let the weather settle, we pulled into Rawley Resort and Marina, one of the many lodges around lock 45. It was a lucky pick. The resort gives loopers a break and the run of the place, which includes a pool and spa, a restaurant, and picnicking with grills.

Today’s big event—the Big Chute marine railway. This is a locking adventure, mostly without water. Due to a technical glitch I have not been able to upload a live performance. Stay tuned!

The car is ready to load.


The channel out of Port Severn would have been formidable in high wind. The passes are narrow and very rocky. One of our number, Brown-eyed Girl, demolished her port running gear on a ledge outside Port Severn. The clear message is follow the buoys; the magenta line is a myth.



Forewarned in the Port Severn area. This pass featured two right-angle turns with rocky ledges on both sides.

We came on to Midland/Bay Port, today in clear, calm weather.