For those that remain who are not of an British persuasion, the M6 is one of the two major north bound motorways in the UK. (ie, they travel North from Londonish and yes there is more to the UK than just London you know....). It runs from just outside Rugby to almost Scotland, right through the heart of Birmingham and teeters on the edge of the Lake District.
Despite it's long length, wide girth and variable speed control zones it never fails to be incident free. Journey times of 2 and a half hours can triple just because someone carelessly leaves a motorcyclist on the road or a lorry decides that it wants to have a lie down or someone decides to brake for no reason what so ever.
That is why it took me nearly 4 hours to travel a usual journey of 2 and a half.