Plane Sailing

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The usual two miler from the bus stop at Saltley to the gates of work in Digbeth served to wake me up a bit and ready for a day of graft.

After work, I fired up the watch and selected DWMap (see earlier post – LINK). With a previously created route on my wrist, all I had to do was follow the instructions.

From work, I joined the Grand Union Canal. The canal passes through Tyseley and on past Yardley cemetery.

I left the cut at Westley Vale near Acocks Green and proceeded towards the Coventry Road (A45) at Yardley.

By now, darkness had fallen but the street lights lit the way until I veered off to cut across a bit of green. The head torch was fished out of the backpack and used until I got to Wagon Lane in Sheldon.

The busy Coventry Road was crossed at Aldi which stands on the site of the former Wagon and Horses pub.

Leaving the noisy road behind, I plunged into a green strip of land walking alongside Westley Brook. Ahead of me I could see two orange spots – obviously the eyes of some animal. As I got nearer the beam from my torch showed the outline of a fox who just stood there as I walked on by.

Another road (Church Road) was crossed and I was into Sheldon Heath Country Park.

This three hundred acre patch of greenery is home to a small urban farm at The Old Rectory (complete with warning signs), football pitches and a viewing area at the end of the main runway at Birmingham airport.

With aircraft flying overhead, Westley Brook was followed towards Marston Green after which it became Kingshurst Brook. I passed Chelmsley Wood around seven o’clock. I was hoping to bump into runners from my old running club who leave the North Solihull Sports Centre around that time but saw no-one.

A further couple of miles and I’d reached my target of ten miles which just happened to be outside the pizza shop!

Total for today = 2 miles + 10 miles + 10″ Vegetable Supreme !

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