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Day #377 – North Wales Mega 2016

Trad: 13 Puzzle: 1 Mega: 1
Walked: 10.8 miles

Mega Day! I made my way to Llangollen to attend my second Mega in a week. Me and Shifty found the logbook quickly enough:

Shifty Signs In A The MEGA
Shifty Signs In A The MEGA

He does look particularly shifty now with his new ‘tache. See below!

Me And A Shifty Dude
Me And A Shifty Dude

However, his hairiness seems to have endeared him to other trackable chums – this was at the Geolympix stand where Mr Gorilla took quite a shine to Shifty.

Shifty Meets A Hairy Friend
Shifty Meets A Hairy Friend

I looked around the exhibition hall, spent far too much money on geocoins and then bumped into Gilly (Bean & Sprout). We decided to go and collect another short stretch along the Llangollen Canal to join up with the section I had completed by bike yesterday.

Des Res By The Canal
Des Res By The Canal

More lovely boats along the canal…

Lovely Canal Boat
Lovely Canal Boat

This attractive bridge was one highlight as we walked along.

Bascule Bridge
Bascule Bridge

We decided we would have a go at a few caches on Pen-y-Coed. We weren’t intending to do such a strenuous circuit, but quite a few of the trads were on the way to a puzzle cache which we particularly wanted to pick up. It was hard going!

Exhausted after that, we decided we couldn’t be bothered to cook, so we headed back into Llangollen to enjoy a rather good curry for dinner. It was great to have some company rather than just grabbing something along the way.

Day #374 – You’ll Be Amazed!

Trad: 17 Multi: 2 Earth: 1 Whereigo: 1 GPS Maze: 1
Walked: 9.3 miles

When you’ve been caching for a few years, it’s not often you get the chance to find a new cache type, but today was the day!

But first, I met up with Essex caching friend Gilly of Bean & Sprout to walk a section of the Llangollen Canal Trail between Berwyn and Llangollen. We also did a couple of extras (including an Earth Cache) while we were passing.

Gilly & Me At EC Location 1
Gilly & Me At EC Location 1
Gilly & Me At EC Location 2
Gilly & Me At EC Location 2

The canal walk is a lovely relaxing stroll, all very flat, and a good wide track to walk or ride along. We saw a horse-drawn canal boat excursion while we were on our route.

Horse-Drawn Canal Rides
Horse-Drawn Canal Rides

After “lunch” of a lovely Cream Tea at the canalside café, we made our way to the Llangollen Pavilion to visit the GPS Maze Europe – a rare beast indeed and the first time the GPS Maze has been seen in the UK. Another cache type added to the list, yay!

We're At The Maze!
We’re At The Maze!
TFTM :-)
TFTM 🙂

Little Quacker met a little duckie friend who was also in the HQ Duck Dash races, they got along well while they quacked away happily, telling each other of their adventures.

Little Quacker Meets A Duckie Buddy
Little Quacker Meets A Duckie Buddy

After the Maze, Gilly and I found a few more trads around the town of Llangollen, which has the pretty River Dee running right through the middle of it.

River Dee At Llangollen
River Dee At Llangollen

One fun cache was Over The Bridge, a Whereigo implementation of the classic Famer’s Conundrum (with caching-based characters instead of the usual Fox, Chicken & Grain). We ended up quite a way out of town but bumped into another group of cachers at the final GZ, so we all posed for a photo.

WiG Final GZ
WiG Final GZ

It was getting late, so I left Gilly to sign in at the campsite at Carrog about 10 miles west of Llangollen while I returned to my hotel in Oswestry – via a delightful (but tricky) little CM5266 in Llandysillio, which earned me Powys on the map.

CM5266 Llandysillio
CM5266 Llandysillio

The Llangollen hides had already earned me Denbighshire today, but I couldn’t resist also adding Shropshire to the list by finding  Mile End Cache & Dash, conveniently placed in a corner of the car park at the hotel in Oswestry!