2011 Streak 119/365: Walk - 4.73 miles, Time - 1hr 30min, Weather - lightly overcast
Day 119 of 2011 was the day of the royal wedding, and outside central London,the quietest day imaginable. A lot of people must have stayed inside watching television, or just stayed inside. Whatever the reasons it was a perfect time to walk along the canal as it perfectly peaceful.
That was until I reached the site of the old paper mill at Nash Mills, which they are redeveloping into houses. Surprisingly some people were working. It did not seem to be a full crew but there were at least two diggers moving around a few men in hi-vis jackets and hard hats.
One or two other people were out walking but not as many longboats as normal were moving and wee were passed by two cyclists. Later on we watched three canoeists showing a nice turn of speed as they paddled along - a quick burst and then relax when they chatted to each other. it looked like fun.
The canal is the focus for all sorts of recreational activity and we are fortunate to live nearby. It is not only the obvious sorts and pastimes - on some land that comes down to the canal is a course for off-road motor cyclists. It looks very, very tricky. In the same way that I am always impressed by the tricks and verve of BMX riders at the local skate park, I think these riders show amazing bike control and concentration.
This appeared to be some sort of training exercise, with each rider in the group going down and up in turn. Just like the BMX riders they watch each other and appreciate the skills. I like to think every shared enthusiasm is like this - full of mutual support and encouragement. It is certainly true for running.