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Day #397 – A Trio Around Terling

Trad: 3
Walked: 1 mile

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.

Gone For A Six!
Gone For A Six!

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:

Escape Adversity Sunset
Escape Adversity Sunset

But the farmer was still hard at work in the fields after it had gone down. Time for me to head home too.

Farmers Still Hard At Work
Farmers Still Hard At Work

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 We guessed we had found the unpublished No. 16!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We walked on a little further and I then claimed FTF on No. 17 – again unpublished.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. 😀

Day #77 – The Essex Way: 209-235

Trad: 19 Puzzle: 1 Letterbox: 5
Walked: 9.1 miles

11th October 2015
11th October 2015
Surface Block In The Hedge
Surface Block In The Hedge

Today I thought it was time to tackle another stretch of The Essex Way. My target location was the caches between Terling (209) and White Notley (235).  I clocked up 25 finds and 3 DNF’s, not bad considering I didn’t get off my butt and go out until mid afternoon.

There were a few more urban hides in Terling to begin with, including one at a well-hidden surface block deep inside a hedge! I just about spotted the right place.

Heading north out of Terling brought me to a little wood where someone had built this cool den from branches.

A Den In The Woods
A Den In The Woods

Then the scenery opened up and I was crossing rolling fields towards Fairstead Church in the distance.

Fairstead Church View
Fairstead Church View

The track was pretty level and a good surface under foot by the time I got past Troys Hall and onto Pink Lane. How appropriate to have a pink hat?

Approaching White Notley
Approaching White Notley

Having completed my route to the Faulkbourne Road, I then turned towards Terling again and trudged my way back to the car. A good afternoon out, all in all.