|Tardebigge Top - our only lock of the day.|
|Inside Tardebigge Tunnel.|
|Truly stunningly decorated narrow boat.|
|"Seaford" - Another Northwich boat in similar colours to "Sickle".|
The similar length tunnel at Shortwood is a more conventional arrangement, lined throughout. Again nobody else was about.
|The slow moving boats finally exit Wast Hill Tunnel.|
Outside the tunnel the first boat moved over, and waved the followers past - in my view the correct ehaviour if you want to move very slowly, (or your boat has a probblem, and can't move at normal speed). The boat still in front of us, having passed it, then speeded a little, but was still not travelling at a normal pace. It seemed that whilst he was happy to pass someone who offered, he did not see the need to offer the same courtesy to others.
Eventually he decided to stop, after which we completed the remaining lockless miles into Birmingham rather more quickly. (You can work out at this stage that we had decided not to forgo a trip into the city after all!).
|Moored up in Birmingham.|
|Not the best employment in the world ?|
When we got back we went for an early meal with David, who wanted to be free for something else that evening. We found by then another boat tied up near us, which we knew to be further members of the Canal World Forum. Although Dave and Jan had helped them tie up, they had not realised this. They were not there then, but we left a note, before departing for a pub, where Dave and Jan had agreed to meet their friends. The others turned up too, eventually so we officially declared it a Canal World "Banter".
I was not aware of drinking more than usual that evening, but the following morning my head suggested I may have done. Cracking good company, anyway!
Top of Tardebigge flight to Birmingham
Miles: 14.5, Locks: 1
Total Miles: 316.7, Total Locks: 274