I decided to pedal down the cut this morning as all of the snow appeared to be gone and the ground wasn't icy. So, I dived on the canal as usual at Selly Oak got about a mile along it just past University Railway Station and was enjoying the peace and quiet when I realised that I was in fact pedalling on sheet ice.
You know the cartoons where the character is running along a cliff then carries on running on thin air and only drops to Earth when he realises he is in fact in mid air? Well that was me pedalling on ice. It went something like this. Pedal pedal pedal. Ice! Oh shit! Crash...slide...ouch...check no one saw...pick bike up...walk past ice.
Most of the canal was ok, but areas where the towpath were exposed were bloody deadly. I kept a wary eye on the surface for the rest of the way and had to walk at a couple of places. I came off the cut at Gas Street and pedalled the rest of the way by road.
Now I'm having the debate about the route to pedal home. City Centre or Canal? All good fun though.