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Day #99 – A Famous Encounter

Trad: 4 Puzzle: 1 Virtual: 3
Walked: 10.6 miles

2nd November 2015
2nd November 2015

I had another day’s exploration in London today and took the opportunity to find some old virtuals, a puzzle and three trads.

My first stop was a lovely puzzle cache based around the hidden gem that is Cleary Gardens – with a final in another popular tourist location.

Cleary Gardens Puzzle
Cleary Gardens Puzzle

A visit to the Millennium Bridge and environs for MMMemorial was next on the agenda. I encountered some Bridge Monkeys busy painting the structure (or were they just thinking about it?)

Bridge Monkeys Painting The Millennium Bridge!
Bridge Monkeys Painting The Millennium Bridge!

The memorial itself is actually under the bridge on the north bank of the Thames – somewhere I’ve visited before but never noticed the memorial! It’s great when geocaching takes you somewhere like that.

MMMemorial Virtual
MMMemorial Virtual

Later on I revisited Wilmington, which I have DNF’d TWICE now – but today was more successful – and I found the little blighter.

Lovely Light In Wilmington Square
Lovely Light In Wilmington Square

The last port of call were a couple of caches along the Regent’s Canal around Islington. The first was ‘Legging it’ – Islington which was a quick find.

Regent's Canal At Islington Tunnel
Regent’s Canal At Islington Tunnel

Although I found the second at City Road Basin easily enough, I only just managed to reach it, and was having trouble putting it back. So I resolved to ask the next tall passer-by for help.

A couple of guys came along walking a dog, and I explained where the cache needed to go. They looked bemused but obliged without comment. After they had walked off, I thought one of them looked very familiar – it was bugging me for ages, but eventually I realised it was none other than writer and actor, Mark Gatiss! I bet I was his oddest encounter of the day, he was probably expecting me to ask for an autograph!!