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BY:  Robert Stopper, Lyons

On Saturday evening, June 7, 2014, SYMMETRY II, a 42 foot Symbol cruiser, docked at the Lyons Dock, just a few feet east of Lock 27. On board were Jim and Linda Murray from Edisto Island, SC. Jim and Linda are making their second Great Loop adventure, this time plying the Erie Canal Waterway. On their previous adventure they were caught in flooding, washouts, non- working locks, and could not begin to enter the Erie Canal.

Joe Pica proudly displaying his  Bronze burgee flag
On this trip, they have encountered no setbacks. Jim and Linda were proudly displaying a gold AGLCA burgee (flag), proof that they had traveled and completed the 5000 mile American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association Waterway. A short time after SYMMETRY II docked, it was joined by BON FOEYAGE, a 40 foot Mainship, piloted by Dick and Inge Bonfoey from Three Rivers, MI. Dick and Inge are on their first Great Loop Adventure. They were displaying a white AGLCA burgee (flag), indicating they have not yet
traveled he full length of the Great Loop. Their flag is a gift from a friend who completed the 5000 mile journey and has now graduated to a gold flag!

Previous to their docking in Lyons, the Newbie Looper Bonfoeys and the seasoned veteran looper Murrays had never met .... As a memento of their visit to Lyons, the visiting tourists were presented a gift- live Peppermint sprigs from the canal-bank peppermint garden.

Great Loopers, Dick & Inge Bonfoey and Jim & Linda Murray

A few days later, “Loopers” Kathy and Joe Pica aboard the trawler CAROLYN ANN arrived in Lyons. Their home port is Green Cove Springs, Florida. They proudly displayed a Bronze AGLCA burgee, indicating that they had traveled the 5000 mile Great Loop more than once.

Great Loopers are friendly people and wonderful ambassadors- they love to tell about their adventures and learn about communities along the waterway.... The journey is slow, and the bridges are low; but, be it white, bronze or gold, let the story be told: Thank You Loopers for finding the Erie Canalway- Lyons appreciates your stay!


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