The weather wasn’t great but the trip was! Fourteen cars started out from the Dunkin Donuts in Mansfield. As one would expect the trip from Mansfield to Onset (Wareham) on Buzzard’s Bay/Cape Cod Canal, led by Lillian Orchard with her navigator (husband) Joe Bryant was scenic with hills and curves a prime consideration. After a pit stop at another, we have more than a few, Dunkin Donuts we motored on to Onset. We were a bit early for the cruise, the weather was foggy and soggy, so most of us remained in our cars having our picnic lunches. The weather was slightly better as we got underway, on Motor Vessel Viking, but still foggy and a bit soggy.
A crew member provided a running commentary as we cruised East on the Cape Cod Canal. The vertical lift railroad bridge over the Canal, usually at the top of the towers, is lowered about five times each day. The bridge is so finely balanced that two, one in each tower, 100 horsepower electric motors can raise it in two minutes. When the bridge is repainted all the old paint must be removed because two coats of paint would upset the balance.
Another apparently not all that usual sighting was the car carrier Clovis Companion heading East as we returned on our Westward leg to Buzzards Bay. Clovis Companion was loaded according to a Viking crew member with about one thousand cars. She was a very big girl! Indeed!
Thanks Lillian & Joe for a wonderful day