Up bright and very early (7am) I took Ben for a walk before our mammoth journey began.Today our tow boat arrived at Alvecote and we were towed for six and a half hours including the time spent to go through the very slow filling Glascote Locks. It's an experience I hope we never had to have again as windy canal, moored boats and lots of bridges didn't make for an easy journey. We sustained some damage to the cratch and cover and lots of scraping along the canal side so the boat definately needs some TLC.
We were met at Streethay Wharf by John although it was Sunday provided us with electric and showed us where the laundry and other facilities are. I purchased some tokens and started on the washing mountain. Ben watered the first grass he came too after such a long time on the boat. He is such a very good boy although I expect he wondered what on earth was going on.
Tomorrow we're off to Wales catching the train from Tamworth as it's straight through approximately two hour journey. We did have offers to be collected but it's quicker by train. When we come back let's hope the engine sounds just like it used to with no added extra noises.