I was going to post this on my 365daysofbiking Tumblr journal, but I posted plenty for yesterday’s Birmingham canal ride already. Way back last August, I posted a video of a journey from Old Turn Junction (by the ICC) to Aston Junction. This time, on a different, springtime day, is the next section of the route. This run is from Aston Junction to Salford Junction, effectively from Birmingham City Centre to Spaghetti Junction. It was a lovely afternoon, and two speedy fellow cyclists set the pace.
It’s a lovely section of canal, and a designated cycleway. Well paved, the only hazards are other towpath users, the odd bimbling drunk, and obligatory aggressive geese. The lads I cycled behind set a cracking speed, and can just be seen entering the junction from the Bordesley side as the film begins. I don’t know who they were, but they were polite, decent chaps who caught me up at Salford Junction, and we more or less rode to Perry Barr together. The unexpected companionship of cycling.
As an experiment, this is unedited and takes place in real time. Normally, I chop the boring bits out, and this one clocks in at a weighty 9 minutes. The journey is about 2 miles, and speeds are generally between 10-20mph. I’d welcome feedback, particularly from the guys who’ve been requesting more ride cams, like Mr. Flodders on Facebook…
I will continue to do these periodically if there’s still an interest.