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Day #331 – Two “Greats” Gadabout

Trad: 16 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 8.7 miles

I headed north today, to visit caches around Great Leighs and Great Notley. It was a productive day. My first stop was back to Infinson’s hide, Private Godfrey, which I had DNF’d a few days ago while doing his Walmington Wander. It was actually AWOL but he replaced it very quickly. And that made for a quick find this morning!

A Bit Flooded Here
A Bit Flooded Here

Then it was onto several of CHUNKY-BMW’s Ancient Byways series. I found Pooh guarding one box, happily smiling:

Pooh Is Always Smiling
Pooh Is Always Smiling

I was also pleased to be able to test my shiny (spotty!) new full-length wellies. I finally killed my half-calf pair last week!

New Wellies At A Waterfall!
New Wellies At A Waterfall!

This one was a tricky little whatsit at Great Notley, but luckily I had found a similar one recently in Kent, so it didn’t have me fooled for long.

You Are Tricky
You Are Tricky

This old nag was concealing the cache near the Chelmsford City Racecourse!

Gee-Up!
Gee-Up!

I polished off a few of Repton1973’s Metalhead Mysteries, which I had already solved, with a few more I need to work on now. There were some other tricky finds around Great Notley, I nearly missed this one in all the ivy.

Hiding In Plain Sight
Hiding In Plain Sight

And the last one I wrapped up with was a multi with Bryan the Snail guarding the final hide. He wasn’t real, but very much looked the part!

Bryan's New Home
Bryan’s New Home

Day #9 – The Essex Way: 178-208

Trad: 26 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 3 Letterbox: 3
Walked: 11.3 miles

4th August 2015
4th August 2015

As if Mega Week wasn’t enough, Alistair and I decided to tackle another section of The Essex Way  (with 81 miles and 450+ plus caches, we’re definitely doing it in small sections!).

The Only Way Is Essex
The Only Way Is Essex

Back on 2nd Jan (before my daily streak began) we had completed the section 160-177 around Great Waltham. So the obvious place to start this time was 178 and work our way to 208 – Chatham Green, south of Great Leighs and onto Fuller Street and Gamble’s Green.

Most of the caches were straightforward but it was nice to have the occasional puzzle or letterbox to add some variety. I sent Alistair into the bushes to find one:

Alistair In The Bushes
Alistair In The Bushes
Pointless Stile
Pointless Stile
Phonebox Info
Phonebox Info

He loves to climb any Pointless Stiles we find on the way. It was a long walk so we enjoyed a pint in the pub at Fuller Street before completing the section and heading back to the car at Chatham Green. A very pleasant walk.