Tuesday 11th August 2009
We started at our allotted time of 9:30 under an overcast sky. On arrival at the first lock we were third in line and that set the scene for the rest of the day.
I traced the route we took using a GPS, the red arrows on the trace indicate direction and not locks.
At the second lock we met Aiden who was out helping the boats work through. He mentioned that he's found our blog via Andrew's Granny Buttons site. Once through the third lock we continued down to Salford junction and turned under the second bridge into the Aston flight. Once again slow progress was being made due to the numbers of boats and a couple of pounds were a bit short of water. We made the top just after 4pm and turned onto the Digbeth Branch. We were supposed to continue down the next 4 locks to Digbeth basin but there were a group of boats moored by the University who said the basin area was pretty busy and so we stopped at the Uni as well. Not a quiet mooring due to the number of busy roads and seagulls in the area but a pleasant evening was spent on the towpath.