Miles in May: 544.42
Hills in May: 173.83km
Mileage to date: 15589.65
Raised so far: £45,683.99
Raised so far: £46,761.74 with gift aid
Devon so far...
I found these stunning banks of Ox Eye daisies in Crediton, blowing in the wind...
I was asked what these are, I answer silage bales, apparently not, they are cow cocoons that haven't hatched yet...
Good evening everyone,
Very little to report for the last couple of days, a short hop but hard day yesterday, ten miles but more than five hundred vertical metres of hills! the most I've done for a long, long time!
I had hoped the site I'm on had some disabled facilities, nope, a shower will have to wait until I get to Crediton leisure centre...
I'm not looking forward to tonights bad weather, its been a while since I've such rough weather heading in, a bit of shelter from the trees I hope!
Will play it by ear tomorrow, I'm meant to be heading to Crediton, if its still rough it will be another admin day like today...
I'm going to try last nights update again, yesterday was a short hop from Bideford to Great Torrington, another day of steep hills, I'm looking forward to Lincolnshire and Cambridgshire!
It started very very wet, I headed down to Bideford to find a cafe and sit out the worst of the rain, a few cups of tea later it started to improve. A cemetery and a few memorials later I was at Nobby Clarke's house in Great Torrington getting a lot of useful contacts and a lot of info and even more tea! We even went through a lot of photos from our time in Germany, a lot of happy memories dragged back from the recesses of the brain!
He is part of a group, North Devon Veterans Association, once a year they put on a display/get together for the local school children and then for one day its open to everyone. They are always after kit, more what they are missing than what they have already got, if you have any you can get hold of them here: http://www.northdevonremembers.dsl.pipex.com
Nobby had hoped I'd be able to stop in his garden, the alleyway proved to narrow, a bit of phoning around found me a stop with an ex-REME recy mech just down the road, thank you Glen.
Last nights laptop problem has annoyed me, the laptop isn't eight months old yet and going wrong! At Christmas I put an old laptop in a box under the floor for such an occaision, I had enough problems whilst travelling the coast with laptops to prompt this! I've spent the day getting this sorted so I can do this and plan my routes.
Some pictures from the last few days.
Missy guarding the bucket in Tesco
Sir Francis Chicester
Hey rubber duck, we have a convoy!
An interesting sign
A cold, windy day with some sunshine. I headed out via North Molton a good climb to start the day. The lanes were nice and quiet as normal, well except for a lamb that had put its head through a fence next to a small tree and got it stuck, a bit of pulling at the fence soon had it free and running to Mum.
Crawling the lanes of the beaten track its amazing what you find...
I managed to get a lot of admin done yesterday and got a lot of memorials off to the Imperial War Museum. Their systems should be sorted soon so that I can upload the images directly and cut out having to send them by email, the downside of this is I need an internet connection, at the moment I can do some of it offline.
Tomorrow its off to the edge of Exmoor, an area I love...
A beautiful start this morning, it wasn't to last though, it clouded over and the temperature dropped...
I was proud to find today whilst crawling around Tiverton Cemetery two Victoria Cross graves, Devon has five VC's, only three to go.
I;ve travelled through some wonderful lanes today, I even stumbled upon a place where myself, the ex-wife and Snudge stayed a long while ago and it is the only place I've been when a thunderstorm is all around you, St Elmos Fire I believe its called, the cloud / mist surrounded the hill we were on and made the lightning appear to be a funny colour!
Besides the blast from the past I also get to see some wonderful wildlife.
Orchid (can't remember which)
Red campion and Cow Parsley
Anyway, tonorrow is another day crawling around the wonderfull Devon lanes...
Good afternoon everyone,
A very wet start to the day today and I've managed to get a lot of memorials online. Its an early update as I've got to go to the British Legion and meet a gentleman about the Burma Star Memorial garden in Tiverton, the council want to move it, more on that later/tomorrow.
The weather is meant to be better tomorrow so I can get out and about again, I forgot to mention I did find the memorial, more about it at the link below.
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