The excitement this morning was eating breakfast at Don and Paul's Coffee Shoppe where you can get 2 eggs, sausage, hash browns and coffee for under $3.00. The eastern Erie Canal is still closed, and we were informed by the Canal System Superintendent that if we get more rain tomorrow, for safety reasons we might have to move off this dock and up into a pool above Lock #2. The Mohawk River has risen 5 feet since we arrived, and our floating dock is now higher than the sidewalk beside it. The large green square marking the entrance to the lock was totally visible when we arrived on Monday, partially covered that evening, and totally covered this morning when I arose. The currents are heavy, and there is much debris floating by.
|Partially covered green square|
|Totally covered green square|
After lunch we set out for a bike ride to see one of the early canal locks and the Cohoes Falls. We had to go up above Lock #2, cross the Mohawk River Bridge, and ride about 2 miles uphill. This area was known for its textile industry after the Civil War, and there are still huge buildings where the Harmony Mills once produced cloth 24 hours a day using 2,700 looms powered by the river.
|Harmony Mills along the Mohawk River, now coveted to lofts|
|Cohoes Falls on the Mohawk River|