I drove back from Kent this morning (getting stuck in an awful jam for the Dartford Tunnel) as I had to be in London late afternoon for a client meeting. Thankfully, there was enough slack in my schedule that I wasn’t late. In fact, I had time for the Very Special Stones in London Earthcache, the long-solved Freemasons’ Hall puzzle and a quick Multi, The Dancer, near Covent Garden before my meeting.
All went well and I was out by 5pm. That meant I found myself in the Capital with a lovely sunny evening on my hands. Time to go caching!
I decided to head to the Greenwich peninsular around the 02, to pick up a collection of RubyShoos’ Challenge caches which I’m qualified for. There were a few for which I hadn’t, and I didn’t bother signing those (I find it easier to keep track if I just claim the ones I can actually log at the time). When I’ve qualified for the others, I’ll have another trip this way to collect the rest.
The weather was quite windy but at least the sun was out most of the time. I walked almost all the way to the Thames Barrier by the time I had finished.
Of course, the walk back was quicker as I wasn’t stopping to look for pots. A grand evening’s walk and entertainment – cheaper than the Theatre!
My previous best cache-types-in-a-day was 5, a few years ago. But there are a few Challenge Caches which like you to have found 8 in one day, so I had been planning a trip to Greenwich, Lewisham and Central London for today, to coincide with an Event by a visiting Polish cacher and his daughter. Perfect! Sadly, I can’t go for 9 types in London as I’ve already found the only webcam cache at Abbey Road. I’ve also been saving London’s only Letterbox cache for such an outing. Here’s how my day panned out:
The first Virtual of the day was in Greenwich Foot Tunnel, SUBTERRANEAN SUB-AQUA (Isle of Dogs/Greenwich).
The event was next, organised by krogulec, (+Amelka), First Caching In London. It was a nice little international gathering with visitors from Poland, Czech Republic, Germand and Italy, as well as a few locals.
The Whereigo, Church Micro 3690…Greenwich-St Alfege, was a bit of a challenge as the cartridge should have been updated with a slightly different location hint, but thankfully the CO was quick to reply to my message and I found it soon after that. The Whereigo was also an excellent third type of CM for my mini 7-day streak.
I found a couple of trads too, the first was in a murky Isle of Dogs. By the time I got to Blackheath, the sun had come out as I found Ranger’s House.
I picked up three Puzzle caches in Blackheath, this lovely square was the location of Icons Golden Oldies Challenge.
The Earth Cache I had targeted was on Point Hill, overlooking the city, one of the Battle of Britain Earthcaches.
Next stop was the Multi at Church Micro 8128…Blackheath – Ascension, with a surprising final GZ guarded by a fake crow!
The final type on my list was the Letterbox Church Micro 7456. .. Blackfriars-St Andrew near St. Paul’s. Another surprising final GZ, but I won’t give that away, it would spoil the surprise.
Having completed that challenge, I also wanted to make it 5 virtual finds today, for another challenge cache. I’d found two in Greenwich, two around Tower Bridge and then struck out at my final target – at 4:30pm on a Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t get anywhere near the location!
So, despite the distance, I decided Plan B was in order – I got on the Circle Line from Tower Hill to Paddington and quickly found Paddington Dare. Phew! 5 in the bag.
However, the day wasn’t without cost – I felt like I was coming down with a fluey lurgy by the time I got to Paddington, so some hastily purchased drugs from Boots on the platform gave me the strength to get home, where I collapsed on the sofa!