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Long distance mission

By David Howard

2018 was planned to make my longest journeys and make inroads into the compass extremes and new myriads. It began with a January foray into Lincolnshire SK9488 : Coachroad Hill, Glentworth by David Howard , all fine besides it being dark on the return, but still gained a good range of spots in SK SK9686 : The entrance to Fillingham Castle on the A15 by David Howard and TF TF0919 : Church of St Peter and Paul, Bourne by David Howard myriads. Exeter SX9292 : Holloway Street, Exeter by David Howard followed, longer and further and dark when I got there as it was also raining since Wiltshire SU0162 : Petrol station on the A361, Devizes by David Howard which wrecked many of the photos with water damage on and around the lens. But a success as completed and got some usable photos in SX SX9793 : Junction on Honiton Road, Exeter by David Howard as well as plenty there and back. The piece de resistance (for my map anyway) was a repeat of a journey made in 1992 (with no camera) to Harrogate in April SE3055 : Harrogate War Memorial by David Howard, straight up the usually unpopulated A1 via Wetherby SE4048 : St Joseph's Catholic Church, Wetherby by David Howard , which went extremely smoothly. After asking various people to share the workload I finally put a note on Facebook, and was responded to by someone I'd known for years but never met who also likes long day trips. He crossed London to get here and was a very entertaining partner and saved me driving back. Again by the time we left Yorkshire SE5209 : Barn on the Great North Road, Adwick-le-Street by David Howard it was beginning to get dark and struggled to get much usable to fill more of SK SK7273 : Markham Moor Services, Retford by David Howard but that was only a secondary issue.

The following trip was for the large number of pre-Worboys signs in the west country, four collected coming back from Exeter, but a loop from Podimore ST5425 : The Podymore Inn by David Howard to Devizes in May SU0060 : Potterne Road at the junction of Wick Lane by David Howard bagged nine signs and lots of new territory ST6127 : Cadbury Business Park, Sparkford by David Howard. Due to the sensitivity of advertising the locations of valuable artefacts I only add them now if they are here already, such as this one. ST5425 : Pre-Worboys crossroads sign, Podimore by David Howard

Now I can relax and cover new territory closer to home and places I haven't covered much, with just a planned trip to SJ ahead around Wolverhampton. But my main mission is now complete as all other journeys besides one which was more than one day to Morecambe from the 80s and 90s have now been revisited one way or another, besides an extremely dull one to West Wales door to door on the M4 I can manage without a repeat visit. If possible the next proper long journey will be made by plane but no more until the time.

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