The main reason for heading to deepest gillywig country today was to attend another of Mr Geotrowel’s silly events, this time in Eight Ash Green. There were flying saucers! But sadly I missed them as I was a bit late arriving, having got caught up in caching on the way.
My other finds before the event were mostly gillywig puzzles. I had a few on the solved-not-found pile, one or two of which I had previously DNF’d. But I managed to locate all but one today, so not bad.
I very nearly DNF’d 297mm x 210mmtwice today! But just as I thought I was completely losing the plot, the pesky duck finally showed itself!
After the meetup, I took a longer drive around to try and locate the six Knights in geotrowel’s Grail Quest series. I was doing well, bagging four, but my luck ran out, finally, just as the sun was setting. The last two, and their secrets which will unlock the bonus, will have to wait for another day!
Colchester was today’s target for caches, mainly driven by attending the early morning event which has been in my diary for some weeks as “Geotrowel’s thing in Colchester at Stupid O’Clock”. After a quick park and grab with a couple of event attendees at a nearby nano, we proceeded to the rendez-vous point, for the shenanigans to begin!
Astrotrowel had given templates to make puff-powered USS Enterprise flying machines. What chaos! But great fun despite the silliness of the hour (at 08:30 of a Sunday morning, it’s rare I’m out of bed let alone out of my PJ’s and 35 miles from home).
The spoilsport wouldn’t let me fly my Space 1999 Eagle Freighter as it was a “non-regulation” craft. Hmph!
There was a rather cool Star Trek themed TB kicking around though! Engage Warp Speed…
Geotrowel presented Hardyhaha with a big bar of Galaxy (what else?) for winning the distance race with his vessel, the USS Creme Egg.
After the prize giving, the Final Frontier Fools lined up for a photo call with the debris of their craft at their feet!
After the event I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours in the company of Kareninwb and Snoopyus as we moseyed around Colchester town centre picking up a few trad caches. Sunday mornig is a good time fora lot of them as most muggles are (very sensibly) at home.
Once my car park time had run out I relocated to Shrub End to find some more caches on my own. High on my “must find” list was Open Sesame by PuReWaRRioR69 – the biggest cache I’ve ever set eyes on, located in a lock-up garage! Brilliant. And a perfect place for dumping all those over-sized TBs if ever you need it!
I also had a couple of Geotrowel’s Earthcaches on my to do list, both involving the Iron Age defensive ditches around Lexden. They involved a lot of walking but the sun was out, I had music in my headphones and the mud wasn’t too thick.
By about 3:30pm I’d had enough. That’s a bit early for me normally, but I realised I had been at it since “stupid o’clock”, so I decided to retire home fore a cup of tea and put my feet up on the sofa. I’ve covered more than 11 miles on foot today! No wonder I’m tired.