Up just after seven ready for an earlyish departure. We had told Angela & Mike on Levick that we would be away by 8:30 as they also wanted to be gone by then. We were now moored outside of them after the various boat manouverings following the pumpout & diesel servicing on Sunday afternoon. In fact we were ready to go by eight, so we bade our farewells chugged off.

Weather not so good today, a coolish breeze and some heavy showers. There was quite a bit of boat traffic about, though we  never had to wait for more than one boat at a lock. As we approached Otherton lock we could see the traffic on the motorway suddenly slowing down. As we went along the section of canal that runs parallel to the motorway we saw & heard the emergency services vehicles arrive and by the time we got to Rodbaston lock the traffice on the M6 was stopped. It was odd as this is usually a very noisy lock, but now it was almost silent.

A longish day today, but we wanted to get past Wolverhampton before we stopped. It was about five o’clock when we moored up just below Compton lock. We made a quick visit to the hospice charity shop, and then a walk along the disused track of the old Wolverhampton – Stourbridge railway. We were fairly tired so in bed by 9:30 !

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