By CHARLIE KRAEBEL
A group of boaters who dubbed themselves the "Lock 11 Club" finally made their way out of Amsterdam.
They're still stuck in the Mohawk Valley, however.
Several boaters found themselves stranded at Lock 11 in Amsterdam for nearly three weeks after bad weather forced the state Canal Corporation to shut down the Erie Canal.
On Thursday morning they were allowed to leave, but their journey didn't last long.
According to a blog post made by Wayne and Rhonda McManus of Alabama, officials from the Canal Corp. told the boaters to "move as fast as you can and go as far west as possible."
The McManus' said the group, most who were in the middle of making the Great Loop -- a journey that begins on the Mississippi River and goes over the Gulf of Mexico, up the Atlantic Ocean, up the Hudson River over the Erie Canal and to the Great Lakes â were escorted through the first two locks they encountered after leaving Amsterdam. That's because there were several markers out of place, plus the journey was slow with fog, water current and "lots of debris."
The group eventually covered 50 miles and passed through seven locks to Ilion.
Eventually, the McManus' docked in Ilion and were told by marina workers that the water hadn't risen over the dock walls since 2006.
That changed Friday morning, but, as they have been since their stay in Amsterdam, the McManus' remain upbeat about their situation.
"We're fine ... kept the nose cleated to the wall, swung the tail out and dropped a stern anchor," the post said. "Biggest problem now is the debris field around the boat. Water is finally starting down."
There was no word on whether the McManus' were able to resume their journey Friday night.