Another section of The Essex Way has been revived, starting at the beginning in Epping and following the path to Coopersale. It’s a section I never got around to walking the first time around, so I decided to visit today and polish a few off the list. It was easy enough to follow the route, since it is pretty well signposted – even though this one was hiding behind the dreaded vil.
There were plenty of wide open vistas and an easy to follow path for the most part – and it was dry enough for me to avoid most of the mud!
There is still a bit of a gap between Coopersale and Tool Hill, but let’s hope it gets bridged in the future.
When Peverel Blue’s series, Bolting Round Ulting first came out, I decided to do them piecemeal as fillers to keep my geostreak going. But since starting with the first few, plenty more local caches have been published closer to home.
Today I decided to go and collect the remaining 7 trads and their information so I could calculate where the big bonus was hiding.
Where are you? Ah, there!
No. 5 was a nice Letterbox pot, I even remembered to take along my own Smiley Stamp to mark up the logbook.
After a slightly wrong detour for No. 9, I eventually got the this view of the lake (and found the cache!). One more to collect on the way back to the car and I called it a day there. The calculation for the bonus is a bit involved and I thought it was better to do it at home so I didn’t get it wrong!
It’s good to have most of this series put to bed now, it was a lovely little walk.
It was very warm today and I didn’t have a lot of energy. Originally I had planned a longer walk, but the temperature and my lethargy put paid to that idea. Instead, I spent the morning pottering around half a dozen hides at Stagden Cross, near High Easter. The sun shone on the yellow fields as I walked.
It beat down on the trees as I searched for the caches.
And it made me all hot and bothered until I finally found the illusive last one, which was sitting staring at me from a tree 40ft away from the posted co-ordinates.
I had lunch in Mauro’s Café in Writtle on the way home, and then spent the afternoon relaxing before heading into work for my Night Shift. Tomorrow will be a difficult day for a find, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
When it was grey, grim and pouring with rain this morning, I was doubtful that I would get any sort of walk and had resigned myself to having to use up one of the nearby cache and dash hides for today’s find. But after lunch, the sun came out, and I hot-footed it over to Pleshey to have a look for four recently placed Essex Way Diversion caches.
My first stop, however, was back to the Pleshey Ring Bonus cache which I have DNF’d twice now. I’ve no idea why I made such a hash of it before. With a bit more info from the CO, today I found it quickly.
The sun was beginning to set by the time I finished, but I was pleased to put another 5 caches on the found list. Pleshey is a lovely place, but it’s a pain in the butt to get to, which is why I decided to mop up all the stragglers today.
I’ve just noticed that the final find today makes 1000 caches since I started my geo-streak on 27th July 2015. Yay!