Around Britain on a mobility scooter

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24th November 2016

Good evening everyone,

Yesterday was another bad day, my emotions were up and down like a yoyo before I had even gone anywhere!

My first job of the day was to ride 11 miles to find Henry John Patch, better known as Harry Patch, the last Tommy. He was my, and many other peoples link to World War I.

During the run out yesterday I used Cycle route 244, the Two Tunnels route and it really is through two tunnels! One of them is a mile long and at a couple of points has music playing, a strange experience to say the least. On the way back to the city centre I retraced my route and as I started the second tunnel a gentleman on a pushbike shouted at me "Not Allowed", I can only think that he thought I was a moterbike...

On getting to the city centre it was manic to say the least, the Christmas market was being setup and people had parked cars and vans on the pavements and drop curbs, I was getting very frustrated as I couldn't get where I needed to go! I eventually managed to get to the Abbey and start recording everything, there wasn't as much as Winchester Abbey thank goodness.

Today was a shorter run but a lot more work, I started off at a church I need to go back to as there was a service on and then on to Haycombe Cemetery which has a modest War Grave section, what it also has is two large mass graves to the civilians thats were killed in World War Two by German bombing raids on the city. All of this took a few hours to do. A nice surprise was finding the Commonwealth War Graves Commission working on the graves and getting them all spruced up and replanted. It was also nice to be able to say thank you for the work that they do.

Having lost three days to the weather my stop at Keynsham has been longer than I expected and I'll be here one more day to cover the churches I couldn't do on the way here before heading to Clevedon, hopefully the sockets at Tesco will be working this time :)

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