Today I went for a trip around Canvey Island, taking the geo-scooter as I knew it was fairly flat terrain and much quicker to get from cache to cache.
My first incident was hitting a rough patch of pavement within about a minute of getting on the thing – and then getting off it again in a very quick, painful manner. Ouch. Bashed my knees up yet again.
So I hobbled around the Canvey Heights Country Park and started off with two DNF’s – as had others recently. However, the next two were also unfound by previous seekers, so I was pretty happy to have spotted them myself.
This one was a tricky little blighter, but we got there in the end!
Then I relocated to have a scoot along the Sea Wall and back, picking up the Island Gateway series of hides by G4UYG. I managed to locate all but one (and that was only because GZ was infested with muggles both times I passed, so I couldn’t really look).
So apart from the initial mishap, it was an enjoyable outing by scooter. I’m still nursing the bruises and expect I may be a bit sore for a few days to come! I guess I’ll have to dip my Adventures Coin into the finds as they were definitely out of my comfort zone! Ouch.
This evening’s trip was to Tiptree to try and mop up a few more boxes there which are still outstanding. After finally bagging a very old Church Micro, I scooted off to Simple Command – a keysafe hidden on the back of a Give Way sign. However, finding the sign was the hard bit – it was buried deep in the hedge! Still, I’m used to hedge fiddling in this game, so it didn’t deter me much.
I have pimped up my scooter a little bit, with the addition of a mounting bracket for my GPS. Perfect for urban caching. Little Quacker seemed to think so too…
We also had to walk some footpaths in the countryside to find a couple of other boxes, but that’s no problem since the scooter folds up easily and isn’t too heavy to carry when not in use.
LQ found a little lizard to befriend in the box – he looked quite real but is just as plasticky as the duck!
Another enjoyable outing by scooter, which was rounded off by popping in to see Mr Crow on the way home for a welcome cup of tea.
A new weapon in my caching arsenal arrived today! It’s a Hudora 205 Big Wheel Scooter! You probably think I’m mad, and you’re probably right. I took Little Quacker out for a spin with it this evening to find some urban hides around Brentwood.
We didn’t go all the way by scooter, it was a mixture of scoot and walk (some of the hills are rather steep around there!). But I was getting the hang of it the more we did. It certainly makes getting around between caches much quicker.
The pavements have to be pretty smooth for an effective scoot – if the tarmac gets too rough, it’s a very bumpy ride for me and little ducks!
LQ objected to being called an Ugly Duckling, until I pointed out that was actually the name of the cache we had just found!
There was one hairy moment towards the end of our outing, where I nearly went over the handlebars after hitting a protruding paving slab. Somehow, I managed to safely “walk off” the board and there was no damage done. Phew!
So our first outing by scooter was fun, tiring and slightly dangerous. That definitely qualifies it to have my ‘Life Begins…’ Adventures Coin dipped in today’s finds!