On the 130th anniversary, I recreated part of the journey of the first person to cycle around the world on a bicycle. Taking it one day at a time. View the archive.

Birmingham and Coventry

By Stuart Lowe on

After an attempted ride on Gordon's tricycle, in which I couldn't steer and headed for a ditch, I set off south to Stafford. South some more took me under the M6 and on the hunt for a toilet. This is surprisingly difficult on a Bank Holiday Monday as nowhere is open. After asking lots of clueless locals, I eventually found one in Bloxwich where I also stopped for a late lunch. Getting into big cities is slow going so I was glad to find a canal trail that took me to the site of the old tricycle works which long ago closed down. I stopped briefly for a picture at the fantastic library building.

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Gordon's tricycle

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Country lanes

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Birmingham Central Library seen from near where the tricycle works had been

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Birmingham Central Library

My right knee had started hurting yesterday and it was making it difficult to get up the little steep bridges on the towpath of the canals.

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Canal tunnel in Birmingham

Out of Birmingham I was on main road which wasn't to bad. Over the border into Warwickshire the roads became more rural and I stopped at Allesley, on the outskirts of Coventry, for the night.

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Picture-perfect Allesley