Douglas Diary Summer Hols Bosley Bottom to Stoke-on-Trent
Please let me apologies, these last two posts into my diary are late. This is not because I was being lazy it was because the weather combined with my slightly iffy dongle device have decided between them that communication to the outside world from my long kennel sometimes is and when you read this, was rubbish.
Following on from last night, our arrival at Bosley Bottom lock. just as we did, it started to rain. The wind picked up and overnight, it was horrific. Gales and hail and torrential rain. I was quite frightened, as my kennel was buffeted by the wind.
It was a very pleasant and calm morning and so my bearded one (after our walk) decided to make an early start to try and reach Stoke-on-Trent. To do this we needed to be at the Harecastle tunnel by 3:00 pm to get through we were told.
We had a very pleasant cruise and arrived in plenty of time about a mile from the tunnel, we came to a few moored kennels and it was indicated by the last one that we should join the queue! Ahead there was a fallen tree blocking the canal, some of the kennels had been waiting since 9:00 am!
We had lunch while we waited for instructions (well they did) which came just in time for us to arrive before the deadline. There were lots of us, we were number four in the line for departure. While we waited there was another rainstorm. The color of the water is due to iron oxide. See my photo.
The journey through the tunnel made me frightened like last time. We were underground for 45 minutes and it was black and dripping wet.
We emerged to sunshine and moored up at a pleasant mooring in Stoke-on-Trent. My bearded one lit a fire and we settled down for a quiet evening. My photo is us queuing at the north end of the tunnel.