Louise and I headed back up to the boat on Labour Day, getting an early start, but not as early as some others recently. (Jamie left for Memorial on Thursday at some ridiculously early hour. On Saturday I drove Martha to
As usual, the wind was more or less on the nose, so we motored into it until we had everything squared away. It swung a little further west and we rounded the point, so up went the sails for a nice fetch. As usual when the wind swings to a suitable direction, it started to die. We eventually motored into Goderich at about 2030 in the gathering darkness. Summer is over and it is getting dark a lot earlier. Being away from the boat for a week made that even more obvious. We tied up in the inner harbour behind the salt depot and BBQd some lamb for dinner.
Some time around the Algorail bulk carrier docked in the channel and started loading salt. The Ports book had warned that light sleepers might be disturbed by the noise. We didn't even know they were there until I came out on deck about 0045. They continued loading through the night and much of the next day without bothering us. At least, the noise was no problem, but to reach the forward holds they had to swing their conveyer boom out over the channel and I couldn't see whether or not we would have clearance to get out. I guess I wasn't highly motivated, or I could have radioed to see if there was room for us to sneak around or under it. They shifted the ship and swung the boom in just after lunch and we were able to get out about 1300.
I had been talking with the people moored next to us and exchanging stories about the places we had each visited in the
We had a nice sail for a little while before the wind tapered off. The forecast called for it to come back in from the S or SW and stay that way for at least 36 hours. Of course, our direction towards
We stopped again at Westport Marina so that I could make the hike across the street for a couple of jerry cans of gas. It was about a 500 metre hike and my arms and shoulders are still a little sore. There is virtually no dockside gas available on the Canadian side below
Anyhow, we were back on the river before 1100 and talking final destination for the day.
We slept away most of the afternoon and evening before BBQing some souvlaki, with rice and tomatoes. Louise is arranging a cab ride to the train for tomorrow and I will probably head on to Pelee Island late in the day, where I will wait for a nice westerly to get me further down Lake Erie. I think I'm ready for some more sleep.