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Day #291 – Cursing Recursion

Puzzle: 1
Walked: 1.0 miles

Grinning Buddha is renowned locally for posing some fiendish puzzles.  Recursion was just another, which popped onto my map in mid-March. I looked at the cache page soon after it was first published and didn’t have a clue. It’s been sitting there, taunting me, ever since.

Friends assured me I could solve it. I kept looking at it and it kept looking back. Then out of the blue a few days ago, unbidden, the
co-ordinates came from an unexpected source. But I vowed not to go and look for it until the tricksy monkey was off my back and I had solved it myself!

Trying to avoid some work yesterday, I had another look at it. I scribbled a few things in my notebook and got a plausible formula. I messaged the CO who kindly confirmed that I had the right thing I needed to solve the problem. He also mentioned that Win7’s calculator in Scientific mode was up to the job of crunching the numbers. Ah! I had upgraded to Win10 just yesterday, would it still be so?

More scribbling, rationalising and plugging numbers into the formula followed. Then an undexpected thing happened – aha, that simplifies things a bit! And yes, Win10’s calculator was just as happy to deal with numbers as long as your arm. Eventually the penny dropped and out popped a rather satisfying figure, which made the checker happy and conveniently agreed with my previous info.

Oak Leaves Nearby
Oak Leaves Nearby

So today it was time to go and look for it. No hint, but I guess that’s not a problem. Once I was at GZ, the GPS was suggesting somewhere else close by, but a thing struck me as being a little incongruous. On further investigation, it did indeed reveal something which appeared to be rather recursive. Hurrah! I won’t post a spoiler pic, so that everyone else can have as much fun trying to solve it!

Another day done for the geostreak 🙂

Day #287 – Pork Pie For Breakfast

Trad: 1
Walked: 8.2 miles

When I used to visit my Grandparents in Leicester as a child, we would often be offered local Melton Mowbray Pork Pies as part of our breakfast buffet. I don’t indulge in them much nowadays, but this one would be fine for the waistline!

Mmmm, Pork Pie!
Mmmm, Pork Pie!

So it was a quick cache and dash this morning on the way back to Elstree to start the great post-Election clear up. I knew I wouldn’t have time (or energy) once I had finished this evening. The novelty container was quickly found on a familiar footpath – some of my Centenary Circle caches used to be roundabout here.

Day #178 – Licence To Take It Easy

Trad: 1
Walked: 1.0  miles

In the last five days, despite it being January, I’ve cached in Kent (twice), Berkshire, Oxfordshire (twice), Bucks, Milton Keynes and Herts; found 131 caches and walked a little over 46 miles. So today I thought I had earned a rest and would find something much closer to home to maintain my geostreak!

The View From GZ
The View From GZ

The new hide in Galleywood, Licence To Ride by The Avenue Two fitted the bill nicely. It was a quick find and I was able to tick off a cache for the geostreak then get home to get on with the things I should have been doing over the past five days!

Day #96 – Boris’ Debut

Trad: 1
Walked: 1.7 miles

30th October 2015
30th October 2015

It’s been a grotty day, so I was forced to go to Plan B for today’s find – I didn’t want to travel too far, and it was too wet to do the set of caches I originally thought I might have a go at.

A new cache, Boris’s 1st Cache, was published in Galleywood very close to home a couple of days ago, so that was where I headed. The wellies and umbrella came in very handy!

Caching In The Rain
Caching In The Rain

Got there in the end – a nice little hide near a stream. Thanks, Boris!

A Nice Little Box
A Nice Little Box

Day #66 – Bramble Ramble

Trad: 1
Walked: 3.1 miles

30th September 2015
30th September 2015

I’m still suffering from the lurgy and wanted a fairly short walk for today’s find, while surveying another square for  The Big Pathwatch. The Sir Hughes Bridge cache fitted the bill, a modest hike from the north west.

Forewarned in previous logs to the presence of thick brambles, I went tooled up – long sleeves, thick gloves and a pair of secateurs – and I needed them! It was great to get revenge on vicious brambles after so many recent scratching incidents. The cache was hiding safely under the footbridge.

Brambly Bridge
Brambly Bridge