We had some fun talking to other boats as they passed the other way although the fleeting look of horror on one ladies face as I shouted that the they were going the wrong way was a bit cruel (but quite funny). One thing I found out is that the M5/M6 junction heading north has an aqueduct over it and it was quite a sight to look down on all the traffic. I must have been up that road hundreds of times and not realised that narrow boats were passing overhead. Another section goes completely underneath the raised section of the M5 as you pass through the city.
The finish was at the highest part of the system at Titford although I wasn't really sure whether we were floating in water or neat engine oil by that stage. In fact many of the canals were pretty polluted and I need to have a session through my weed hatch soon to see what I've collected on my prop. However the organisers were great as was the beer and the Blues band that evening.
We will be back to just two tomorrow and will head out back into the countryside. although one little bijou challengette will be the trip down the Tardebigge Flight of locks to the river Severn. A mere 53 locks and 30 of them in one flight, oh and another 2 mile tunnel - can't wait.
|The scurvy crew at the start looking far too happy.|
|One of the regular delights of the Birmingham system|
|One of our regular views of the M5 from a decidedly odd vantage point|
|Despite being less than 2 miles from the town center, this is the view as you approach via the water|