Today, my 44th birthday, was the shortest leg of my journey so far. I'm feeling fine physically but I need some time to catch up on things like laundry that I can't do when I spend the whole day walking. It's hard to get too excited about a 7 mile trek through the traffic choked streets of an urban sprawl. Near the start the Walsall Arboretum did give a brief moment of tranquility away from the rush hour traffic. A bit further on I was amused to see the badly named Carless Street. It was full of cars.
Although it's an ugly sight I was actually very pleased to walk under the elevated junction where the northern end of the M5 merges with the M6. The M6's path and mine have crossed many times since Carlisle, I won't be seeing it again though, my occasional companion from now on will be the M5 as we both head towards the South West.
By mid-morning I had reached the West Bromwich Milk & More depot, it was my pleasure to meet the manager Dave while I was there. After leaving I walked to a nearby rail station which gives me easy access to central Birmingham. I will return to the station tomorrow morning and continue south to Redditch.
GPS data click here
Mileage today; 7.64 miles, walking time 1 hr 54 mins, average walking speed 4.0 mph
Weather, sunny spells and a cool breeze, max 16C
Cumulative mileage; 625.05 miles
|The M5 meets the M6, a sight for sore eyes, but a pleasing landmark too.|