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Day #309 – It’s Not About The Numbers

Trad: 15
Walked: 6.5 miles

As we all know, it’s not about the numbers. Except when it is…

I’m trying to keep up at least 200 finds/month this year (of course, it’s for a challenge!) and I looked at my stats to realise I was just 14 short for May. So today I set myself the target of finding all 14 to finish the task with a day to spare.

I had picked the M2M Series around Mundon (which used to run all the way to Maldon), in theory giving me 12 caches. However, things didn’t start well with 2 DNF’s! Argh! I was very glad to find the first one of the day at the third hide I tried.

Strange Fruit!
Strange Fruit!

It was typical Bank Holiday weather – cloudy, windy and perishing cold! Boy was I glad of my fleece hat. Ridiculous for almost June.

Not This Gate Post
Not This Gate Post

There were a few pockets of civilisation, but the main walk was largely rural, thankfully without the added menace of bovines to cross my path. I did see some unhappy shivering sheep – freshly shorn of their fleece coats!

Shorn Sheeps!
Shorn Sheeps!

Someone is proud of their garden – and has even acquired their own phone box to adorn it. Perhaps its a potting shed?

Phone Home
Phone Home

Unlike the cows, it’s always nice to smile politely when you’re pleased to see someone…

Smile! You've Found It!
Smile! You’ve Found It!

Eventually I had 10 in the bag from the series, so relocated the car to Maldon to do a few short walks and drive bys – finishing off most of my unfound caches from the No Mud series. I found an extra one for luck, bringing the tally to 15 for today, and nudging my monthly finds over my total. It was quite hard work!

The Ruin Of St. Giles
The Ruin Of St. Giles

Day #304 – Bolting Round Ulting Again

Trad: 7
Walked: 2.9 miles

When Peverel Blue’s series, Bolting Round Ulting first came out, I decided to do them piecemeal as fillers to keep my geostreak going. But since starting with the first few, plenty more local caches have been published closer to home.

Today I decided to go and collect the remaining 7 trads and their information so I could calculate where the big bonus was hiding.

Past The Orchard
Past The Orchard

Where are you? Ah, there!

Peekaboo!
Peekaboo!

No. 5 was a nice Letterbox pot, I even remembered to take along my own Smiley Stamp to mark up the logbook.

Stamped Up
Stamped Up

After a slightly wrong detour for No. 9, I eventually got the this view of the lake (and found the cache!). One more to collect on the way back to the car and I called it a day there. The calculation for the bonus is a bit involved and I thought it was better to do it at home so I didn’t get it wrong!

Mono Lake (Not Quite Ansel Adams)
Mono Lake (Not Quite Ansel Adams)

It’s good to have most of this series put to bed now, it was a lovely little walk.