Time to Leave – the last Rideau locks
Leaving the Rideau Canal takes time – time to wait and time to lock – since the last flight includes 8 locks. Fortunately we were able to combine one and transit two chambers, but it still took almost an hour and a half from the time we started until we exited into the Ottawa River. As we waited to enter the lock we met Chuck and his grandson, Kyler, who agreed to ride down with us. (They did not have time to go down and back on their boat and jumped at the chance to ride with us one way.) We enjoyed visiting with them on the ride down and appreciated the extra crew plus Kyler jumped off and took photos for us to document the journey. When we got to the bottom we stopped at the wall there to let off our expert crew and put up our mast for the next leg of our trip down the Ottawa River and out on the Saint Lawrence once again. Since it was late by the time we got the mast up and everything ship shape above, the lock master agreed to let us spend the night on his blue line as long as we were away before they opened in the morning, so our last night in Ottawa – punctuated with cannon fire from the Fortisimo – was spent on the Ottawa River below Parliament Hill, just us an a gaggle of Canada Geese.
8 locks? no big deal