Friday 6th September, 2013 at Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent.
The forecast rain arrived as advertised. We got very wet on the return journey into Stoke; however, we can't complain as this is only the second time on this year's cruise that our waterproofs have come out.
On the way, we passed a huge manufacturing plant with three large tanks next to the canal labelled "Liquid Argon", "Liquid Oxygen" and "Liquid Nitrogen". In the cold, damp air the pipes coming from the tanks were covered in ice and creating a mist that was drifting over the canal.
R returned at about 2:00pm with Erika and Lucas. It was lovely to see them. Lucas is such a smiley little boy, very chatty and content.
Dan arrived later in the evening after "work" (having spent the day playing golf; sorry - networking!) in time for a "Spag-Bol" washed down with an excellent Rioja in our new wine glasses.
Erika read Lucas a bed-time story, but it seems that Lucas was enjoying turning the pages much more than Erika's reading!
Today: 6 miles, 3 locks and 7.0 hours.
Trip: 368 miles, 291 locks and 302.3 hours.