40a St Jean lock

Chipman Point Marina, VT to St. Jean sur Richlieu, QE.

We got up early, took quick showers and breakfast, and were soon off to find gas on Lake Champlain.  Went into one marina on the Vermont side but found nobody, and finally were served at Van Sloofin’s gas dock on the New York side at 0820 hrs. by the owner who informed us he normally doesn’t open until 0900 hrs. We decided to stop in at Westport to have a look around, and took a nice walk along village streets. We came upon two men next to a car upon which a tree had fallen.  They were neighbors of the owner who was away, and they were debating who was to call him. After cruising up the lake into the Richlieu River and stopping at the Canadian immigration office to check in, we arrived at Lock 11 of the Chambly Canal at St. Jean sur Richlieu at 1350 hrs., only to find that, at this time of year, the Chambly Canal locks only open twice a day, at 0830 hrs. and 1230 hrs! We decided to stay there at the lock, and walked into town to the library for Mary to use the internet.  Unfortunately it was a Thursday and the library was closed, but we found an internet café, and I looked at our email while Mary worked for a couple of hours.  Back at the C we had hors douvres and rusty nails on the dock, then walked back in to Restaurant L’Impreon, where we had a really delicious meal. St. Jean sur Richlieu is a delightful town and, in the end, having to stay there for an afternoon was no hardship!

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