Then we made our way to Dunkirk on a beautiful sunny day. We had calm seas encountered and very little boat traffic.
We listened to the Slow Burn podcast about the Bill Clinton empeachment and its start with the Monica Lewinsky affair. These podcasts are fascinating and help make the cruise much more entertaining and informative. Jonny kept calling marinas all along our route to find the cheapes fuel prices but we missed our opportunity for the best prices which were in Pennsylvania. It turns out New York has very high taxes on fuel, which shouldn’t have been a surprise to us.
At first we were going to anchor in the Dunkirk’s harbor just inside the breakwater. But once we decided to buy fuel at the marina called Holiday Inn at Chadwick Bay, we thought we would just go ahead and stay there as well (plus the nearby anchorage had no attraction to it). It turned out that the marina was not all that attractive either but the dockhand was helpful and friendly and it was a calm and secure place to stay for the night.
We learned that a local restaurant had a special on buffalo wings that evening so since the price was right and we were getting close to Buffalo we went for it. Dinner was OK and afterwards we walked through the town (or city) of Dunkirk which has definitely seen better days. At least 35% of the storefronts on the main drag were closed up and as far as we could see the town had few, if any, redeeming features (though there were a few attractive buildings)!
That evening we had a fabulous sunset and watched the Emmy’s (not a great show). We were looking forward to getting to our next stop in Buffalo where Stephanie would be flying in to spend a long weekend with us!