we moved out of Stone on monday heading for Stoke and the Potteries. The wind was a bit of a trial as we negotiated first the Stone locks, followed by the Meaford flight. Early afternoon we moored up at the Plume of Feathers, a canalside pub owned by the actor, Neil Morrissy. He was not there of course, but we felt bound to go in for a pint
Tuesday the rain held off just long enough for us to reach the five Stoke locks, where the showers and hail followed us to a mooring outside Stoke Marina by the Toby Carvery.
As the skies cleared a bit we walked into Hanley to mung round the shops for a while.
On our way towards the Harecastle tunnel today we intended to stop at Longport Wharf for diesel and to pump out the waste tank. Got the diesel but the rest fell foul of an exploding pumpout machine which covered the operator (poo!), and left us still needing the pumpout.
Moving on we waited for about an hour before making the passage through the tunnel. It seemed like we have spent a lot of time hanging around today
Turning onto the Macclesfield canal we again stopped at the first boatyard, this time success, we got the pumpout!
By this time is was four o clock and we were more than ready to moor by the restored railings below Mow Cop, hoping for some better weather tomorrow.