The alarm went off at 5.30am, yes 5.30am. This was because we found out that seven coal boats were filling with coal at Wolverhampton and had to go down the same locks as us. These are single locks, and the coal boats had buttys (boat being towed with no engine) so it would have taken us ages if we had to follow them..
It was a beautiful morning and we soon got to Tipton Junction and we turned left. Once again the canal was dreadful, it was full of weed and rubbish, shopping trolleys and kids toys, as we followed the graffiti on the walls.....not a canal on our top ten list..
At seventeen we were getting dehydrated with the warm weather, not that we were moaning, it was lovely..