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Day #325 – Along Catharine Bourne

Trad: 1 Multi: 1
Walked: 4.7 miles

This evening after work, I searched out a trio of hides along another section of the Hertfordshire Way which ran alongside Catharine Bourne near Rabley Park. Success at In The Line Of Duty!

In The Line Of Duty
In The Line Of Duty

There were some lovely views as I headed East to look for the final of the multi, 9.12.

Lovely Views
Lovely Views

I walked on further East towards another hide close to the M25 under the bridge, but although I was pretty sure what I should be looking for, the little rat remained elusive!

Heading For A DNF!
Heading For A DNF!

Day #308 – Dengie Smörgåsbord

Trad: 6 Multi: 3 Puzzle: 2
Walked: 5.9 miles

I was back on the Dengie Peninsula again today (there are plenty more caches to tackle in the area), picking up a mixture of Church Micros, puzzles, village signs and any other random caches I was passing.

Burnham On Crouch Sign
Burnham On Crouch Sign

I finally rounded up enough information to finish off the Multi Church Micro at Mundon (which requires five other specific CM finds before you can work out the co-ords). The weather wasn’t up to much, but I did pass the famously spooky petrified Mundon Oaks.

Moody Mundon Oaks
Moody Mundon Oaks

On the way home I stopped for a quick cache and dash at the festive Happy Christmas hide. I liked the idea here!

Happy Christmas?!
Happy Christmas?!

I had also crunched the numbers for the final Bolting Round Ulting Bonus cache, which was a great big box hidden in a great big tree!

Bolting Round Ulting Bonus
Bolting Round Ulting Bonus

The cache is a D3, so it was the perfect place to leave this geocoin I picked up a day or two ago – which wants to visit D3 or higher caches. This one also gets plenty of visitors, so hopefully the coin won’t stay in the box for too long.

Leaving A Trackable
Leaving A Trackable

Day #300 – Ham Sandwich!

Trad: 5 Multi: 1
Walked: 4.4 miles

Still in Kent staying with Julian today, we had some muggle-related business in Margate at lunch time but took the opportunity on the way back to Deal to stop off in Cliffsend, Pegwell Bay to have a little geowalk.

The first find was a Multi, The Vikings Are Coming, themed around the replica Viking lonship, Hugin, which is on permanent display on the cliff top. I collected the numbers while Julian went for a wander around the now-disused hoverport below, which he remembers well from his childhood growing up in the area. He and his friends used to take day trips on the Hovercraft to France like they were getting the bus to Canterbury! And his parents used to do their weekly shopping in Cité Europe as it was quicker, cheaper and easier to pop over there than going to the local big town. How times have changed!

The Vikings Are Coming!
The Vikings Are Coming!

After finding the multi, we went for a little potter to pick up some other nearby trads, including one overlooking a duck pond. I do like a nice duck – and this one was particularly pretty!

Ducks End
Ducks End

Then I persuaded him to drive us past the “Ham Sandwich” sign, which I’ve seen before, but wanted to take a better photograph of. We retired to the nearby pub in Finglesham for a quiet pint. I was idly flicking through nearby caches on my phone when I noticed there was one at the sign which we had missed! (I hadn’t loaded up every cache in Kent onto my GPS, despite what you may assume).

So we detoured again on the way back to Deal to have a root around. It was a tricky blighter, but eventually I spotted it safely lurking in the undergrowth.

Anyone For A Ham Sandwich
Anyone For A Ham Sandwich

I nearly forgot to mention that I’ve now reached the Day 300 milestone – so only 66 days to go for my full year geostreak! How time flies…

Day #297 – Amber Gricer

Trad: 4 Multi: 1 Event: 1
Walked: 1.4 miles

It had been raining for most of the day but it finally stopped around 4:30pm, so I headed out to find a few boxes before the Essex Meet #40 near Braintree. I hit the A12 just as the slow slog commute began, so arrived in Rivenhall End a little later than I had hoped.

Parking the car, I headed towards gillywig’s Amber along the railway line. It was  a multi with puzzle element thrown in – and of course, railway themed. It didn’t take long to locate the shiny amber pot after working out what to do with the numbers!

Shiny Amber!
Shiny Amber!

Despite being quite wet after my waddle through damp undergrowth, I then headed towards Silver End to pick up a Church Micro which was missing when I last passed.

CM2789 - Silver End
CM2789 – Silver End

From the modern, to the ancient, my next stop was a very quick cache and dash at Church Micro  1102, Bradwell.

CM1102 Bradwell
CM1102 Bradwell

I found another couple of trads around Bradwell, as well as scoping out some hides near the meet which will need my waders again.

Echoes In Time
Echoes In Time

Finally, I got to Essex Meet 40 about 7pm, just in time to bag the last car park space and order some dinner before the event began at 8pm!

I had a great evening chatting to folks and was delighted with my 6000 Finds certificate, which Shifty The Mega Duck sat guarding for me for the rest of the evening!

Shifty Admires My Certificate
Shifty Admires My Certificate

Day #278 – Caged In Shenley

Multi: 1
Walked: 6.0 miles

The weather was rather grotty this evening but I managed to find the fun little Multi at the Shenley Cage. It has a clever way of giving you the final co-ords, which I won’t spoil here. Sadly the light was rather rubbish, so I didn’t get a picture of the curious little building. Perhaps I can another day and add it to this post later.

[add 3rd May – it was a lovely morning, so here you are:]

The Shenley Cage
The Shenley Cage

Day #265 – A Couple Of Crabby’s And More

Trad: 4 Multi: 1
Walked: 4.9 miles

My area of exploration today was south of Maldon, to pick up a few stragglers. The ABC of Essex series has never been completely set out, but I was still missing C For Cock Clarks, which had been replaced fairly recently after a muggling ages ago. The pot was easy enough to spot, but first I had to traverse this rickety old footbridge! Made it without falling in…

Dodgy Little Footbridge!
Dodgy Little Footbridge!

Next up were a couple of Mr Crabby’s Bridge caches – he loves the old abandoned railway line from Maldon to South Woodham Ferrers and has lots of caches along the way.

An Ex Bridge
An Ex Bridge

The first one presented no problem as I was able to park close by. And then the fun started. I walked to the other but was thwarted by a very deep, very full ditch of very fast running water. In the course of my back-tracking to a different approach, I managed to slip up a muddy bank and smash my left knee on the only stone sticking out of the mud. Ouch! It’s always my poor left knee which gets it! 🙁

Nice Big Box
Nice Big Box

Anyway, I hobbled on and eventually found a way to GZ which didn’t involve swimming. At least I was rewarded with a nice big box!

Then the long hobble back to the car. My knee was feeling sore but up to another couple of short walks, so I did a layby cache and dash on the outskirts of Maldon, followed by a simple little multi near Heybridge. This was the view across towards Maldon as I made my final find of the day:

Cracking View Towards Maldon!
Cracking View Towards Maldon!

Day #232 – Sherlock 6

Multi: 1
Walked: 6.4 miles

I’ve been slowly collecting the old “virtual” multi caches in rodz’s Sherlock series. Today’s target was a visit after work to the last one, Sherlock 6 – Elementary, my dear Watson! which, rather appropriately, is at 221B Baker Street.

The Man Himself
The Man Himself, Euston Road

I’ve been carrying round a Canadian geocoin for a few weeks whose mission was to visit this very cache. It’s taken nearly 6 years and over 13,216 miles to do it, but I was delighted to be able to take dip it in the cache today! I wonder what its mission will be now?

At GZ With A Geocoin
At GZ With A Geocoin

I gathered the info I needed easily enough, the final piece in the Sherlock puzzle, but the hunt for the actual booty will have to wait for another evening.

At GZ With A Geocoin
At GZ With A Geocoin

Day #228 – Fossils & Friends

Multi: 1 Earth: 1 Event: 1
Walked: 6.3 miles

I was near St. Paul’s this afternoon and decided to finally complete the Earth Cache there which is all about the fossils on the steps. To start with I couldn’t see any, then all of a sudden, they seemed to be everywhere! Here’s an impressive specimen:

Fossils At St. Paul's!
Fossils At St. Paul’s!

Having done that, I was able to attend a small but perfectly-formed little Flash Mob within 20 yards of the Earth Cache. Nice to meet cachers from Yorkshire, London, The Netherlands and Spain!

Small But Perfectly Formed Flash Mob
Small But Perfectly Formed Flash Mob

My final stop of the day was to pick up Sherlock 3 – The Wages Of Sin, Watson! which is the penultimate “multi-virtual” I need to find before I can go after the actual Sherlock booty.

At The Sign Of The Flying Horse
At The Sign Of The Flying Horse

The info was to be found near this flying horse by Temple Church. A lovely area for a quick stroll. It was then a very unpleasant rush-hour ride on the Central Line from Chancery Lane to Liverpool Street. And I wonder why I try to avoid travelling at peak times…

Day #219 – Nelson, Oysters & Dr Who!

Trad: 1 Multi: 1 Earth: 2
Walked: 6.6 miles

Another day working in London today, and the opportunity to pick up a few more boxes in town. I managed the trad in Trafalgar Square in the pouring rain on the way in. This was the view from GZ:

Wet & Windy In Trafalgar Square
Wet & Windy In Trafalgar Square

Once the boring work day was done, I went back to Trafalgar Square to pick up the info for the two earth caches there, Nelson’s Column and Ostra Antigua. Both easy enough to do in the dark!

Nelson's Column Earthcache
Nelson’s Column Earthcache
Ostra Antigua Earthcache
Ostra Antigua Earthcache

My final stop was to pick up a Multi a few streets away (which I had already worked out at home thanks to a bit of googling). The first location for Who was here No 21 -Downing Street – was where a “fake” 10 Downing Street was dressed up for filming for several episodes of Dr Who.

Fake No. 10
Fake No. 10

Day #204 – Wickford Stragglers

Trad: 3 Multi: 1
Walked: 3.6 miles

I picked up several stragglers in Rawreth and Wickford today. The first was the final of the multi, WW1 Air Crash Site – BE 12 & SE 5a which I had DNF’d back in October when it was missing. It was an easy spot today!

An Interesting Tree
An Interesting Tree

Having found that one, I moved on to a trio of drive-bys in Wickford to put a few more smileys on the map. They were all quick finds – I must be on a roll today!