We left Great Haywood and travelled through the locks up to Stone, where I saw a hairdresser next to the canal so I decided to have my usual short cut. Eric took Ben for a walk but Ben still had plenty of energy when he came back, while Eric was tired! Later after they both had an afternoon nap we travelled up to stay above Barlaston near the Wedgewood factory, but very quiet.
Ben is getting used to the boat, he likes to see where we are going and enjoys getting off to 'help' at the locks- he thinks it's fun to pull the ropes and chew them. Our next stop was at Westport Lakes and Ben really enjoyed seeing all the ducks and dogs. Also lots of people to make a fuss of him. In the morning we got up bright and early- who needs an alarm clock when Ben wants to go out for a wee!
Today was Ben's first trip through a tunnel and the Harecastle Tunnel is a long one to start off with. We all waited patiently at the south portal until it was our turn to go through- in a convoy of four boats. Ben slept through the 35 minute trip- he missed the drips, the dark and the cold, cold tunnel! After that we stopped at Kidsgrove to visit Tesco before we travelled on through six of the locks before we stopped for the evening. Ben has conquered his fear of walking over bridges over the locks- he's getting much braver! He also waits for me to use the windlass , so he can look after it for me and chew it! He has learnt so much in the two weeks we have had him and our boat will never be the same.