Day : Saturday
Date : 2 November 2019
Start : 0900
Finish : 1530 Cambrian Wharf
Well last night didn't go to plan, We were just about to head out and the sky's opened, so Diana fixed dinner onboard, Mr Tesco I will get you another time.
This morning when we got up it was dry, unfortunately it didn't last and when we set off at 9am. it was raining quite steadily. Our plane was to go along the New Main Line, past the Round House where the procession should start, as far as Smethwick Junction, wind and wait for the boats from Windmill End, we hadn't even tied up when the first boat went by and we pulled out behindMartin and followed him to Birmingham.
We all gathered near Monument Road bridge where we were joined by Dimitrios and Carine who have a boat at Droitwich, they only called in to say hello but ended up riding through the procession on our front deck.
The plan was to start the procession at 1250 when CRT had arranged for someone to cut a ribbon to open the canal, that almost went to plan, we all set off in the dry as the rain had now stopped but it wasn't long before there was quite a bottle neck, some boats would follow the main line round to the Mail Box, some would go round the Oozells Street loop and wind at Cambrian Wharf, Quite a length of mooring had been reserved for the event so that boats could moor in town for the night, however they still ended up three abreast in places.
We chose to follow the main line and round to the Mail Box where we not only dropped our guests off but stopped to eat lunch. There was a bit of congestion at Gas Street where its single file through Broad Street Tunnel then a short way afterward through the bar, due to the steady flow of boats in both directions. After lunch we headed back to our mooring of the past 2 nights in Cambrian Wharf.
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