Today’s finds were a trio around Terling. First up was the elusive Gone For A Six! – which I’ve looked for in two different places before, both times it was missing and was subsequently moved. So third time lucky and I bowl up today (geddit?) to make a quick find! Hurrah.
Next were a couple of drive-bys, from the Escape Adversity series. I think I’ve nearly got them all now. Sunset happened at the first one:
But the farmer was still hard at work in the fields after it had gone down. Time for me to head home too.
This evening’s after-work adventure was to look for a trio of caches around Soho. The first was a puzzle just a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road which I had solved a couple of days ago, and thankfully a quick pick up.
Next stop was Soho Square itself, where I did find the cache eventually, it had walked slightly and I had to wait for a van to move on before searching a wider area.
I had one DNF a bit further along my route, but thankfully finished up with a find at the Catastrophe, Calamity, Cataclysm Part 4, an old virtual which also required the usual selfie as part of the proof. So here’s my gurning mug.
In the past I’ve not been terribly good at urban caching, particularly when it’s dark. I sometimes have enough trouble finding caches in daylight! But I’m left with little choice now that I’m working in Elstree again Monday-Friday until at least 6pm. Public transport is so dodgy that I daren’t stop to look for anything before work, as I’ll end up even later than Greater Anglia, TFL and Thameslink make me.
So stopping off to find something on the way home in central London is the only option for a while. I’ve calculated that to keep my streak going I have about 60 days to endure like that, so I’m generally just going for one and “saving” the others as spares for future work days.
There are quite a few caches around the major stations and underground stops, so I won’t have to walk that far. And there are also plenty of virtuals and earth caches to be “found” which are a good option if putting my had on a physical cache fails.
Today’s target was a trad just outside Euston station, so it was a quick diversion from King’s Cross/St. Pancras down the Euston Road to pick it up. Although GZ was very muggly, I managed to hide my true intent by appearing to faff around with my rucksack. Job done! And the SideTracked Earthcache nearby is still there as a backup for another day. Hurrah!
Today’s target was a nice little series of 9 caches by Indy Walker, set in North Benfleet. I didn’t leave home until early afternoon, but since sunset is around 4:30pm now the clocks have changed, I knew I had to get a move on to get them all found in daylight.
The start of the walk was along a lovely tree-lined byway.
I took a brief detour from the 9-cache loop to find Geisha’s Gallop (by the same CO) – a rather cool little owl hanging in a tree!
One cache was guarded by a troll at this unusually-constructed bridge.
Another hide had had several DNF’s logged previously, but I dug a big deeper than most and voilà! There it was!
I found all but one of the caches – I have suspicions that the last one is gone. It was getting dark by the time I was able to look properly, but sometimes the hunch that it’s missing is strong and you don’t keep searching forever.
I only had time for a few caches near Great Leighs on the way to my photo club this evening – the light was fading and I finished my hunt by torchlight. This was the view of Chelmsford City Racecourse from When Two Poles Meet.
This one has been on my list to do for a while. Having gathered the required info I quickly calculated the final and set off. Arrived to find a biggish tree surrounded by a prickly thicket. Did my best to search but it clearly wasn’t there.
So I looked again at my co-ords – and despite having calculated them correctly, I had input them into the GPS incorrectly. D’oh! Easy find as dusk was falling once I was at the proper place, but the “micro” appeared to be a Church Small in reality!