Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Canal Peddlers

There was a time not all that long ago that peddlers traveled a geographic area and sold items to housewives at their homes.  No trips to the mall.  No online shopping.  No crowds.  All in the comfort of familiar surroundings.

Well, here on the canals there are still peddlers.  They have a set route that they continuously cruise and if you need diesel, propane, coal, kindling, or logs you can flag them down and purchase what you need without ever leaving your boat.

Recently we did just that to replace an empty propane tank and to top up the diesel in the tank.  We didn't need coal this time and kindling we have been gathering during our walks.  Our next shopping "trip" will probably be more coal, though.  It never hurts to have extra as long as you have space on the roof for it.

We were very pleased to discover that in the past month of cruising we had only used about 12.5 gallons of diesel.  I used to use more than that in my car! Since we have a 50 gallon tank we should be able to go about 4 month on a tank.  Not too shabby.

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