We knew we had a long day ahead of us, so we were up early to make the ~75 nautical mile trek up to Buffalo from Erie. Damn that was a good cup of coffee.
Surprisingly we made it! We were working the engine pretty hard (and felt pretty guilty burning so much fuel), but we kept telling ourselves that it would be worth it to get there…
We made such good time we even decided to make our way up to Rich Marine where we were going to de-step the next day. This involved transiting a lift bridge, swing bridge, and a lock – NONE of which we’d ever done before (frankly). Thank god for the handheld VHF