Here I am Rune
Distance 8.6 miles
Total 3129 Locks 164 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4638.5 miles
As expected, today was a bit like hard work, quite a few locks in hot sunshine made it seem harder. I may have erred in not taking in enough fluid either since by the end of the flight I had rather run out of oomph. We have however reached out intended destination, the top of the Perry Barr flight and from here things should be relatively easy out to Brownhills by about Wednesday.
The day’s route didn’t really pass through Birmingham’s finest areas, it went under Gravelly Hill (Spaghetti Junction) which was pretty deafening. It is the only place on the canal system I can recall the traffic noise drowning out the sound of the diesel throbbing beneath my feet. On this section we also passed the memorial to the Policeman, DC Michael Swindells who was stabbed to death at the location by coincidence on this exact day (May 21st) in 2004.
|Passing under an old Birmingham factory.....|
|......actually right under the factory|
|Passing through Gravelly Hill (Spaghetti Junction)|
|The memorial to DC Michael Swindells|