Day #348 – Essex Don’t Go aWay

Trad: 19 Earth: 1
Walked: 6.8 miles

More and more of the archived Essex Way series are being resurrected by various cachers along the route. Recently a new section between Fairstead and White Notley has come back online, placed by Potternut. So today I took Alistair along for the walk – it’s great to have him visiting again for a week.

Here he is, doing his best impression of a Munchkin, due to an unfortunate camera angle and a wide-angle lens! Made me laugh…

Alistair Doing His Munchkin Impression!
Alistair Doing His Munchkin Impression!

We also visited the new Earthcache in White Notley – all about the Puddingstone – yum yum.

Resting At The Earthcache
Resting At The Earthcache

Our last find was due to be at the little bridge over the Brain. But then a funny thing happened…

Bridge Over The River Brain
Bridge Over The River Brain

I had the GPS but had forgotten to tell Alistair we had finished all the batch of caches along this stretch. But he carried on to the next likely spot and found another pot! What? We guessed we had found the unpublished No. 16! So he’s claiming FTF for that one.

We walked on a little further and I then claimed FTF on No. 17 – again unpublished. I contacted the CO when we got home, and the cache pots had only been put out that morning! It took the reviewer another 3 days to agree the publication.

FTF Before Publication!
FTF Before Publication!

So a very welcome, but certainly unexpected, FTF – No. 27 for me. 😀

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