The final day of my mini 7-day Church Micro geostreak, today I decided to head for Kelvedon first thing this morning where there were two unfound CMs on my map (one for a spare, just in case I didn’t find the first!).
Thankfully, I did get the first one easily, and picked up another nearby pot as I was passing from the walk to the final. But of course, I couldn’t resist having a look for the other Church Micro as well – this one I had first DNF’d back in June 2011 when it was missing – and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been back since. But today was a good day to put that to rest and, under a confused tree blossoming ridiculously early, I found what I was looking for.
I’m starting to feel a bit more human now, although I’m still coughing rather more than I would like. Still, the sun was out, so I had another Nurofen and set off for Witham.
This is day six of my week-long Church Micro ministreak. I had originally planned a trip to Kent to find a Letterbox CM, but didn’t feel up to driving on the M25. So Witham St. Nicholas was another nearby CM which I had not found.
While I was in the area, I also finally picked up Witham Perambulation – where I had an ignominious DNF back in December.
The flu lurgy has taken a strong hold. I really didn’t want to go out for a cache today, but with a system full of Ibuprofen I found vaguely human and set out for a trio of cache ‘n’ dash hides, including two Church Micros.
The first find was WANDER AROUND WICKHAM BISHOPS which I managed to find quickly today, even in my befuddled state. Good job too, since I had DNF’d it twice already in the past few weeks!
Next up was Church Micro 3175…Great Totham-United Reformed, since I was passing. Thankfully a quick find here.
My main target for the day was Church Micro 7805…Tollesbury – Congregational, one of the few Puzzle cache Church Micro’s which I haven’t found. And another type for my 7-day Church Micro mini-streak.
I had convinced myself that it was on a bench with a memorial plaque but there was no such thing at the final GZ. An obscure hint had me chasing my tail but eventually the penny dropped.
And with that, I’ve completed the Dark Month Challenge qualification and had my best month caching since I started, with 277 finds in January. I was surprised to beat my previous best month – August 2015 with 272 – which is pretty much what kick started my ongoing geostreak.
And 15th-17th of January also saw my fastest 100 finds, largely fuelled by the Cool Cuban Spirit series in Kent, closely followed by Finchampstead Undulations while I was on the way to Oxford.
Tomorrow I plan a caching trip to Greenwich, where there are three Challenge Caches I want to pick up – about Golden Oldies. I realised late yesterday that I still need to find a 2007-hidden Letterbox cache before I’m able to pick one of them up. So today was a hastily arranged outing to a little 4-cache series just to the south of North Weald, which includes one such old Letterbox (they are rather thin on the ground around here).
Numbers 1 and 3 in the circuit were found quickly (both trads). No. 4 was the old Letterbox, which again was a straightforward retrieval. Of course, I signed the log and stamped it up with my smiley stamp.
No. 2 has been archived for some time, but with a bit of educated guesswork, I generated some likely co-ordinates to see if I could find the bonus. On arrival at GZ, this is what I found… Interesting!
I relocated to Chipping Ongar for another brief foray for a Church Micro for my 7-day streak – this time a Multi. After that, it was time to head home again, satisfied with a job well done, all ready for tomorrow’s Challenge Cache pickup.
I had another long walkabout today, this time in London. After a meeting near Aldwych which finished at noon, I had the whole afternoon to kill before another meeting near Angel at 6:30pm. So of course I set to work finding lots of caches!
The first was Church Micro 7125…Westminster – Queens Chapel, which is the start of my 7-day mini streak-within-a-streak, again for a Challenge Cache. I need at least one per day with at least 4 different types for a week, but I can only use one type per day. So this was my Trad.
The NT Cache was quite a tricky find, as it wasn’t at ground level, but once I was at the right elevation I had a great view across the river (and the cache was soon in hand).
I criss-crossed the River Thames several times, venturing into SE1 for the first time looking for tupperware. Bernie Spain Gardens was a delightful location where I sat in the sun and enjoyed my packed lunch.
I was also surprised by the size of the cache near the Wobbly Bridge – and even more surprised to see local cachers’ name PeCeH in the log just yesterday!
This view was taken from GZ of R.E. HEDGES 1973 (Near Millenium Bridge) which have a great panorama of the river from the northern bank.
With a 14-cache haul today, and 12.5 miles walked, I was pretty tired by the time I had finished, but pleased with the totals.