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Day #309 – It’s Not About The Numbers

Trad: 15
Walked: 6.5 miles

As we all know, it’s not about the numbers. Except when it is…

I’m trying to keep up at least 200 finds/month this year (of course, it’s for a challenge!) and I looked at my stats to realise I was just 14 short for May. So today I set myself the target of finding all 14 to finish the task with a day to spare.

I had picked the M2M Series around Mundon (which used to run all the way to Maldon), in theory giving me 12 caches. However, things didn’t start well with 2 DNF’s! Argh! I was very glad to find the first one of the day at the third hide I tried.

Strange Fruit!
Strange Fruit!

It was typical Bank Holiday weather – cloudy, windy and perishing cold! Boy was I glad of my fleece hat. Ridiculous for almost June.

Not This Gate Post
Not This Gate Post

There were a few pockets of civilisation, but the main walk was largely rural, thankfully without the added menace of bovines to cross my path. I did see some unhappy shivering sheep – freshly shorn of their fleece coats!

Shorn Sheeps!
Shorn Sheeps!

Someone is proud of their garden – and has even acquired their own phone box to adorn it. Perhaps its a potting shed?

Phone Home
Phone Home

Unlike the cows, it’s always nice to smile politely when you’re pleased to see someone…

Smile! You've Found It!
Smile! You’ve Found It!

Eventually I had 10 in the bag from the series, so relocated the car to Maldon to do a few short walks and drive bys – finishing off most of my unfound caches from the No Mud series. I found an extra one for luck, bringing the tally to 15 for today, and nudging my monthly finds over my total. It was quite hard work!

The Ruin Of St. Giles
The Ruin Of St. Giles

Day #308 – Dengie Smörgåsbord

Trad: 6 Multi: 3 Puzzle: 2
Walked: 5.9 miles

I was back on the Dengie Peninsula again today (there are plenty more caches to tackle in the area), picking up a mixture of Church Micros, puzzles, village signs and any other random caches I was passing.

Burnham On Crouch Sign
Burnham On Crouch Sign

I finally rounded up enough information to finish off the Multi Church Micro at Mundon (which requires five other specific CM finds before you can work out the co-ords). The weather wasn’t up to much, but I did pass the famously spooky petrified Mundon Oaks.

Moody Mundon Oaks
Moody Mundon Oaks

On the way home I stopped for a quick cache and dash at the festive Happy Christmas hide. I liked the idea here!

Happy Christmas?!
Happy Christmas?!

I had also crunched the numbers for the final Bolting Round Ulting Bonus cache, which was a great big box hidden in a great big tree!

Bolting Round Ulting Bonus
Bolting Round Ulting Bonus

The cache is a D3, so it was the perfect place to leave this geocoin I picked up a day or two ago – which wants to visit D3 or higher caches. This one also gets plenty of visitors, so hopefully the coin won’t stay in the box for too long.

Leaving A Trackable
Leaving A Trackable