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Old 01 March 2007, 20:24   #1
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Chicago to New York

Proposed route.

Crossing Lake Michigan from Chicago to Sawyer, Michigan
Up the Eastern shore of Lake Michigan
Though the Straits of Mackinac
North through the Detour Passage and into the Northern Channel
East towards Killarney into Georgian Bay
Following the Southern shore of Georgian Bay to Port Severn
Enter the Trent-Severn Waterway
Exiting the waterway East of Belleville and West of Kingston
Crossing Lake Ontario to Oswego
Enter the Erie Canal to Waterford
South on the Hudson River to New York, New York

We are thinking of leaving the 2nd week of August. Anybody want to join us for part of the way?

Great Lakes RIB Raid!!

Red line was our trip to the Gulf in 05'. Green line is the planned trip for August. Coincidentally the trip to the Gulf was about 1370 miles and the trip to New York will be about the same. Looks like less though.
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Old 01 March 2007, 21:10   #2
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We are thinking of leaving the 2nd week of August. Anybody want to join us for part of the way?
Absolutely! Killarney is just 50 miles from my place! Georgian Bay from Killarney to Tobermory can get pretty rough, but once you make Tobermory... Happy Hour at "Squaller Holler" starts at 8 AM with a fine selection of Breakfast Rums! (And we have a hot shower to boot!) From Toby south, there are limited fuel stops... Dyers Bay maybe, then Wiarton...

I did a bunch of the Severn Waterway a few years back when my kids were young. Great fun for them going through the locks, and camping there.

The Belleville/Kingston area is exposed, but nice. You might consider trying to do a section into the Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence... Kingston to Brockville. It's really interesting... and some great little bars in Alexandria Bay, N.Y.. although I doubt that interests you.

Do you dive Rogan? You'll be passing through some fabulous wreck-diving areas. I'd be happy to send you a whack of coordinates...
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Absolutely! Killarney is just 50 miles from my place! Georgian Bay from Killarney to Tobermory can get pretty rough, but once you make Tobermory... Happy Hour at "Squaller Holler" starts at 8 AM with a fine selection of Breakfast Rums! (And we have a hot shower to boot!) From Toby south, there are limited fuel stops... Dyers Bay maybe, then Wiarton...

I did a bunch of the Severn Waterway a few years back when my kids were young. Great fun for them going through the locks, and camping there.

The Belleville/Kingston area is exposed, but nice. You might consider trying to do a section into the Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence... Kingston to Brockville. It's really interesting... and some great little bars in Alexandria Bay, N.Y.. although I doubt that interests you.

Do you dive Rogan? You'll be passing through some fabulous wreck-diving areas. I'd be happy to send you a whack of coordinates...
He's gonna miss Put-in-Bay....
You guys need to drive to Leamington, I'll pick everyone up and we can do a Island run if he/you have the time.
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He's gonna miss Put-in-Bay....
You guys need to drive to Leamington, I'll pick everyone up and we can do a Island run if he/you have the time.
Rogan, are you aware that in Canada you can only buy beer and liquour in Government Outlets. "Brewers Retail" publishes a road map with all of their stores marked, but I don't know if they put out a Navionics chart yet... Tob's store is on the Harbour.

Pat, I would love to do that. It's a bit of a haul to drag the boat down, but perhaps we could arrange a "Blue for Transport" deal!
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Rogan, are you aware that in Canada you can only buy beer and liquour in Government Outlets. "Brewers Retail" publishes a road map with all of their stores marked, but I don't know if they put out a Navionics chart yet... Tob's store is on the Harbour.

Pat, I would love to do that. It's a bit of a haul to drag the boat down, but perhaps we could arrange a "Blue for Transport" deal!
Stoo you are talking about currencies with which I have extensive experience, I am sure all parties can be satisfied.

I will bring War Machine to Leamington to pick you guys up, all you have to do is get there!
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... all you have to do is get there!
Course plotted... Piece 'o cake!
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Stoo, we will see you in Killarney!! Zodiac is possibly going to provide us with a boat. Either a Pro Open or their new 'HomeGaurd'. We'll see how it pans out. If not we'll be coming in the Hurricane.
Government Liquor Stores, what is this prohibition! Better fill us in on where to stock up.

Pat we can't deviate that far from our course. Limited time, money, and fuel. Now I know War Machine can make it to Georgian Bay in a couple days!
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Course plotted... Piece 'o cake!
Ahh, but will Rogan, the WILD THING of Lake Michigan be diverted from his current navigational plan? You know how he is, get him a little agitated and there he goes, wide open throttle in the RED BASTARD, jumping fifteen foot rollers, the Coast guard chasing vainly but to no avail because, well... basically.... O.K. the truth comes out, they are a little afraid of him! Wouldn't you be???
He gets all hepped up on that Chicago coffee and Zam!! He's running his boat down the damn Mississippi again, eating Water Mocassins for lunch and drinking boat gas for kicks! And you know the BEARS lost! He can't be in a good temperment... On top of all that, I think someone stole his green thong! And you know how he felt about that!
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Old 02 March 2007, 06:05   #9
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Well, starting from the North Channel... Gore Bay, Little Current, Killarney (limited), Tobermory (6 doors from my place!), then a long stretch to Wiarton, then Owen Sound, Port Severn. Kingston has several. Beyond that, you're on your own Amigo!

As the time gets closer, we'll need to firm up some dates. Once you're past the North Channel and Killarney, you're into some very exposed water. Club Island has a sheltered harbour (and a lot of poison ivy). The NE corner of Fitzwilliam Island had Rattlesnake Harbour, which has become a logging cam in the past couple of years. The west end of Fitzwilliam has some shelter and a couple of hunters cabins that are usually well provisioned, but the shoals around there are brutal.

From Tobermory to Wiarton, there is shelter at Wingfield Basin, an exposed wharf at Dyers Bay. Cape Croker is an Indian Reservation and has a small harbour, then Wiarton.

Incidently, all of these areas have Massassauga Rattlesnakes. They aren't generally lethal in a healthy adult, but you need to keep an ear out for them. (And you can't eat them.. they are a protected species!) On the upside, you won't be bothered by bears... well not until you get to Port Severn anyway!

Cutting across from Wiarton area to Port Severn will take you through a number of islands that are part of the National Park System (as are the ones around Tobermory). These have limited shelter and camping.

Once you're into the Trent-Severn, it is very sheltered, but it is well-populated with cottages. There are areas of crown land though for camping and some motels. You need a lock pass or pay at each lock.

If you think I can help with planning, just holler!
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Better fill us in on where to stock up.
I'm not sure about the where, but I can certainly recommend the what. Upper Canada Dark and Muskoka Dark - you can't go wrong with either.
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