Saturday, 13 June 2009

Time to go, we’re nearly out of water.

0 Locks, 4 miles, 1 tunnel. Now moored at Red Bull Aqueduct.

Having been at Westport Lake for over a week where there are no facilities our water supply was getting extremely low so today was the day that we had to move on. It was only a short trip up to the Harecastle Tunnel where we replenished the water tank while waiting for our turn to enter the tunnel. While waiting the BW guys asked us if we would mind being the tunnel post and take a delivery through to the guys at the North end, which we willingly agreed to as it was only a small parcel.

kidsgrove 001Southern portal of the Harecastle Tunnel. You can see the forced air fans on the roof.

The tunnel is starting to get busy now with 4 south bound boats and we were in a convoy of 3, while another 3 were waiting when we emerged at the northern portal. As we emerged from the tunnel called out to the BW man that we had tunnel post for him and he came down onto the BW work boat and collected the parcel as we passed by.

kidsgrove 003The disused Brindleys Tunnel at Harecastle showing signs of recent flooding. kidsgrove 007Northern portal of the Harecastle Tunnel. Brindleys dis-used tunnel is just visible behind the car.

Now that repainting the cratch lockers has been completed I can now put things back where they belong and have a bit of a tidy up.

1658 locks, 3494 miles, 62 Tunnels, 45 swing bridges and 47 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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