Tuesday 25th July 2017 at King's Norton.
Returning to Alvechurch from home was not straightforward due to engineering works between Didcot and Oxford; it involved taking four trains and travelling via Gloucester. The GWR train from Reading to Gloucester proudly announced that new high-speed trains would soon arrive on the route and, at Didcot, we saw the Hitachi test train presumably doing route trials. The first new trains are due to start in the autumn.
The fireman looking after the fire engine was very amused because, having got the cow out of the river, the lads had not removed the rope that they had put around the cow's neck - so they had to chase around the field to catch it again to recover their rope!
After filling up with diesel and water and thanking the marina staff for their hospitality, we finally set off.
Trip: 117 miles, 138 locks and 97.6 hours.