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Day #371 – Geolympix Mega 2016

Trad: 15 Multi: 2 Challenge: 1 Letterbox: 3
Virtual: 1 Mega: 1
Walked: 7.5 miles

Shifty Saddled Up And Ready To Go!
Shifty Saddled Up And Ready To Go!

Today it was time to head to Ashridge Estate to attend the Geolympix 2016, my second Mega event.

I was delighted to test out the geo-bike properly. Ashridge is a big estate and it enabled me (and Shifty Duck!) to get around and find a good few more caches than we would have managed on foot alone.

Shifty bagged the jump seat pretty quickly – and certainly turned a few heads as we rode along!

Little Quacker was also keen to help out with the finds and signing the log!

Little Quacker Joined In
Little Quacker Joined In

We found some interesting fungi in the woods too.

LQ WIth Some Fungi
LQ WIth Some Fungi

The birds were a bit worried about the camo for this cache!

Cannibalism?!
Cannibalism?!

If I was worried that Shifty would be the biggest kid on the block, I needn’t have – look at this monster bear who was helping out on the Mega sign-in desk!

A Big Bear At Sign In
A Big Bear At Sign In

At 2pm the participants of #UKGeocachingHour on Twitter got together for a little meet up. It was well attended! Nice to meet folks in person who I’ve only chatted with online before now.

#UkGeocachingHour Meetup
#UkGeocachingHour Meetup

Three Irish cachers turned up for the meetup – The_Chris, lulybelle and Saramur – great to meet them too, I’ve been chatting with Susan (lulybelle) and Sarah for ages, so lovely to put faces to names.

The Irish Contingent!
The Irish Contingent!

After riding around looking for a few more caches, I returned to the main site to have a rest and watch the National Geocaching Awards – there were some worthy winners – some of whom seemed particularly ecstatic to have won!

National Geocaching Awards
National Geocaching Awards

It was a very enjoyable start to my geocaching holiday, and I managed to find a few more boxes on the way back to the car, arriving just as it started to rain! In the nick of time…

I then made my way to the Travelodge in Hemel Hempstead for the night, so that I would be ready to set off again, bright and early tomorrow, for day two of my trip.