Another picture perfect day with winds forecast to be less than 4 mph and temps in the low 70s. A perfect day to cross the big waters of Simcoe Lake on our way to Port Orillia Marina. Locks 37-41 are like stair steps going down to the level of Simcoe Lake. Each lock is less than a mile apart and our 4 boat group was first up at lock 37 and we hit the next locks down to the lake with no delays.
Crossing Simcoe Lake we were once again cruising in viridian colored water like we saw in the Keys. The water in these lakes is so clear and when the sun is shining in to them they look like a jewel.
Once across Simcoe, we stopped at a marina and topped off the diesel and earned a free pump out along with a 5% discount for being a Looper. Not too bad. Our final destination for the day was Port Orillia, a large marina on the order of Port Trent at the beginning of the TSW. We reunited with several Loopers we have traveled with as the marina filled for the weekend. Viridian will depart here on Sunday, 22 July, and make our way through the last few locks before entering the Georgian Bay.
One of the locks will be the "Big Chute Marine Railway", where we drive into a cradle attached to a railway system that lifts boats up, over and down into the lake below.
That's the news and here's some views:
We are here
The Big Picture. Progress along the TSW so far about 350 miles with 41 locks
Today's Route from Lock 37, Across Lake Simcoe to Port of Orillia Marina, Ontario
19 July 2018, Morning @ Lock 37
Early Morning Walk Around Lock 37
Our Local Loon
Looking back toward the Lock (top side)
Gypsy Spirit on the dock downside of Lock 37
Leaving Lock 37
Underway Once Again
Fishing along the Lock Canal
This is a farm you would expect to see Roy Rogers brushing Trigger tied to a hitching post in the front yard