Yesterday, I dropped my car off at the garage and walked the five and a bit miles home.

Today, after the car had sailed through it’s MOT, I had to walk from work to near Spaghetti Junction to pick up said vehicle after work.

The shortest route would have been through Nechells and down Long Acre. However, a walk along the canal was slightly longer but hopefully more scenic.

A short walk from the works gates dropped me onto the Grand Union canal heading for the city centre.

After crossing the mighty River Rea, I was soon walking through the 161 metre long Curzon Street Tunnel before ascending the seven locks to Aston University.

At Aston Lock 1, I turned right unto the Birmingham Fazeley Canal. This canal runs from the junction near the Sealife Centre to the outskirts of Tamworth, covering a distance of fifteen miles. Today, I’d be utilising only about two of those fifteen.

Passing through Aston, I noticed this bit of graffiti doing exactly what it says on the tin.

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As I approached Cuckoo Lane, I spied a woman having a bit of hassle with her bicycle.

As I got close, she asked if I was any good with bikes as her chain had gotten jammed.

Between us we managed to untangle the chain and get her on her way (and me on mine) !

On reaching Salford Junction (or if you’re driving – Spaghetti Junction), I left the waterway behind and headed up Slade Road to pick up the car from Knotts Services, having stopped off at the ATM to get funds to pay for the MOT and service.

With my pre-work doggy walks and another stroll with Gabby in the evening, I have managed to clock up another 9.1 miles today, taking the annual total to 278 miles.


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