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Day #392 – Wiltshire Wanderings

Trad: 6 Challenge: 3 Letterbox: 1 Virtual: 3
Walked: 8 miles

Today was the last day of my road trip to the Berkshire/Wilstshire borders. First on the menu were a couple of Challenge caches, which I’ve already qualified to find. I realise I put the wrong date on the 100 Days Challenge logbook. Oops.

100 Days Challenge
100 Days Challenge

The 200 Days Challenge was a nice ammo can found in the woods.

200 Days Challenge
200 Days Challenge

After those two, and a few more nearby trads along the way, I headed back to Silbury Hill and Avebury to pick up two more Virtuals and a couple of trads on my route. My walk started off sunny as I climbed Waden Hill, overlooking Silbury’s mound.

Sunny Silbury Hill Today
Sunny Silbury Hill Today

Having gone over the top and back down the other side, I was at Avebury Stone Circle and found the info for the Virtual quickly. Then I set off south for West Kennet Long Barrwo…

Avebury Stone Circle
Avebury Stone Circle

… just as the heavens opened. It was a long walk to the barrow and after stopping for a nearby trad, I eventually got to the top, rather soggy. Info collected and soggy selfie completed, I trudged back to the car and had to endure a damp drive home! All good fun in the end.

Soggy At West Kennet Long Barrow
Soggy At West Kennet Long Barrow

Day #323 – I Killed My Wellies!

Trad: 5
Walked: 5.6 miles

I’ve had a bunch of caches around Elstree on my to do list for a while now, but I’ve mostly been saving them as “emergencies” for keeping my streak going. However, as I’m now nearing the end of my stint working in the town, I figured it was time to go and pick them up today.

Peekaboo! Clever Hide
Peekaboo! Clever Hide
Natural Camo
Natural Camo

There were some tricky hides amongst the group, but I managed to find all but one – which I strongly suspect is missing anyway. So far so good. However, it had been raining hard all day before I set out and although it had stopped by the time I was walking, everything was still soaking wet.

I had to traipse through several patches of sodden, knee-high grass, and before long my jeans were wet through. The fabric just seemed to wick the water down into my poor wellies. By the time I got around the circuit, they was squelching badly. I had to stop to empty out the boots before finally getting back to the car! Urgh!

Soggy Soggy Soggy
Soggy Soggy Soggy

I have tried drying them out at home, but to be honest, they have probably had their day now – there’s virtually no tread left on the bottom and the insides are rather nasty, even with the gel insoles I’ve been using in them. So, time to shop for new boots, I think! 🙁

Day #301 – A Trio Of Trads

Trad: 3
Walked: 4.9 miles

Julian and I had more muggle business to attend to in Margate this afternoon, but I was told I could escape for a walk if I wanted to. So I set off in blustery conditions, which of course got worse and worse the further away I was from the house. Grrr.

Noone Bathing Today!
Noone Bathing Today!

Eventually I returned, quite damp from the rain, having found a trio along the cilff tops of Walpole Bay, with a couple of DNF’s thrown in too. Julian looked at me rather smugly as he’d been very sensible and stayed dry indoors!

Day #245 – One Foot In Scotland

Trad: 18 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 4.7 miles

I’ve had the May 2001 cache Percy’s Cross on my to do list ever since I discovered the Jasmer Challenge. Being in Northumberland, I have limited opportunities to pick it up, so planned a drive out there today with Alistair. We cached our way up the A696 and A68 and decided to carry on to Scotland, briefly, as it wasn’t much further up the road!

Our first stop was Callerton Parkway for a couple of quick caches, then two more in Ponteland, one of which was a puzzle which I had solved prior to setting out.

Ponteland Tower
Ponteland Tower

The rain chased us most of the way up the road – we arrived at Percy’s Cross in the dry, but by the time we had found the box and signed the log, it was pelting with rain.

Partying With Percy
Partying With Percy

We decamped to the pub for a lovely lunch while the rain came down. Then set off again north-westwards towards the border, stopping a few times at various caches close to the road. There was a fun group of three close to St. Francis’ Church near Byrness.

St. Francis' Church
St. Francis’ Church

Most of the water around here was in the form of puddles rather than rain, but it was threatening again.

Splash!
Splash!

Eventually we worked our way to the border – finding caches in both England and 100 yards into Scotland – in the blowing wind and squally rain, of course!

Fàilte gu Alba
Fàilte gu Alba
Wet & Windy In Scotland!
Wet & Windy In Scotland!

Once we had found the Scottish tupperware, we turned the car around and headed back to Newcastle, via a couple of other boxes which Alistair had already found previously.

So, another fun day out, despite the rain, and Alistair reached his 2000th find during the trip, too.

Day #161 – Fun Box

Trad: 1
Walked: 0.7 miles

If I thought yesterday was wet, today the rain followed on in spades. I waved Alistair off on his journey home just as it started in earnest. So I thought I would nip around the corner for a newly-released cache less than a mile away. It was not to be! The rain made me give up after about 10 minutes. I was very soggy.

So onto one of my reserve caches which I’ve been keeping for such crap weather days – the Chelmer Village Fun Box. The find was easy enough, thank goodness, but then the “fun” began – inside the main container were half a dozen identical small tubes which had to be searched to find the actual log!

Fun-box Innards
Fun-box Innards

Mission accomplished, I retired home to change clothes, dry out and contemplate being back to solo caching for the time being.

Day #104 – Wet In Witham

Trad: 2
Walked: 1.3 miles

7th November 2015
7th November 2015

Another horrible, wet, windy day dawned. I waited for as long as I could for the rain to hold off, and then set out for Witham to find a couple of quick drive-bys, part of the A12 Corridor Caches series by JAPVONKEILLER.

Thankfully, the couple I went for were quick finds, despite the rain. Then I drove back home via Chelmer Park, and lo! The sun came out… So here’s a nice cloudscape to end the day.

Nice Cloudscape
Nice Cloudscape

Day #96 – Boris’ Debut

Trad: 1
Walked: 1.7 miles

30th October 2015
30th October 2015

It’s been a grotty day, so I was forced to go to Plan B for today’s find – I didn’t want to travel too far, and it was too wet to do the set of caches I originally thought I might have a go at.

A new cache, Boris’s 1st Cache, was published in Galleywood very close to home a couple of days ago, so that was where I headed. The wellies and umbrella came in very handy!

Caching In The Rain
Caching In The Rain

Got there in the end – a nice little hide near a stream. Thanks, Boris!

A Nice Little Box
A Nice Little Box

Day #18 – Soaked In Southend

Trad: 2
Walked: 4.8 miles

13th August 2015
13th August 2015

I needed a trip to Southend today to run some errands. I thought I would have a go at finding a couple of caches while I was there. It started well enough and I found a church micro and the Seafront Stroll #22 cache at the Funicular railway. But then it started to hammer down with rain. And I mean it haven’t seen that much water falling from the sky in AGES. I got thoroughly soaked on the way back to the car, despite having a huge golfing umbrella. Oh well, cache finds still count if you’re wet!

Bucketing Rain In Southend
Bucketing Rain In Southend