|A busy bridge. Ian had to judge when to close the barriers.|
|Traffic piled up waiting for Ian to close the bridge. He loves making the traffic wait!|
Its years since we traveled this canal but apart from new buildings appearing along the way its pretty much as I remember it. Still narrow in places and BW definitely haven't honour their 'vedg pledge' to clear offside branches and bushes. Even the towpaths are unkempt, muddy and very wet. Even so, I loved chugging along listening to the birds and the occasional car and remembering days gone by.
The rain held off until Kings Norton junction appeared in the distance. I rushed forward to take photos of the guillotine lock and noticed a flat fender floating ahead of us. Collecting dislodged fenders is a must in our book Its almost impossible for us to leave one if we see it in the water bobbing about. We once exited Harecastle Tunnel when a fender came into view. We put the boat hard into reverse and some of the boaters waiting to go through, wondered if something bad had happened for us to stop like that. They looked quite bemused when they realised what we were doing. We eventually chased it almost back into the tunnel before we managed to grab it. We had loads of laughter and applause from the boaters ringing in our ears. Anyway, I digress, we pulled into the side and armed with my fishing net managed to oik it out. It looked almost new so its another one to add to our collection. In my opinion you can never have enough fenders.
|Why do the layabouts have to deface this.|
|Could this be a hybrid Canada goose.|
|Kings Norton Junction|
I immediately noticed a difference in the look of the area when turning right onto the Birmingham Worcester Canal. Most noticeable was the graffiti. Hardly a wall or pillar was left without this eyesore strewn all over it. Shocking!!!
|Not an inch free of graffiti|
|University clock tower.|
|Pink water bus|