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Day #250 – Challenge Accepted!

Trad: 6 Challenge: 18
Walked: 10.6 miles

Alistair is not a great fan of challenge caches and tends to ignore them, so I hadn’t made much effort to find them when out caching in his company during my stay. But he had to go to work today, and I was on my way home, so I made the effort to pick up as many Challenges as I could in the North East, which I had already qualified for.

I managed 18 in total, across various locations, so was pleased with my haul for the day. The Church Micro Jasmer Challenge was near an imposing looking church near Sedgefield.

Church Micro - Jasmer Challenge
Church Micro – Jasmer Challenge

The longest circuit of the day was the DCT series near Wynyard. I had qualified for about 12 of the 16 on the route so thought it was worth my while stopping off to find them. I’m not sure why I didn’t think locations around a Wind Farm wouldn’t be windy – but it was blowing a gale for the most part!

DCT Challenge Circuit
DCT Challenge Circuit

I finally finished my searches around 4:30pm and then began the long drive home south. But the roads behaved and I arrived in good time, tired but satisfied with the day’s 24 finds, and a fitting way to spend Day #250 of my geostreak.

Day #248 – Heaton Hobble

Trad: 9
Walked: 6.7 miles

We thought we would take it easy today, after yesterday’s exertions. So we started off with a walk to Iris Brickfield to pick up a couple of caches which Alistair had already found. But then it turned into a further walk around Heaton to grab a few more…

Iris Brickfield Park
Iris Brickfield Park

The Church Micro at St. Gabriel’s was an easy find and an imposing building to view while we were signing the log.

St. Gabriel's, Heaton
St. Gabriel’s, Heaton

Once we had returned home and had some lunch, the weather looked better than predicted, so we headed out again, this time to Paddy Freeman’s Park to attempt a Whereigo, Secret Of The Ocean (UK). Sadly, the technology let us down a bit and we could not complete the cartridge to get the co-ordinates. Rather frustrating!

Fooling In Paddy Freeman's Park
Fooling In Paddy Freeman’s Park

But there were a few more trads to find in the park, so we grabbed another trio before heading off to meet friends at Maker Space for the evening.

Ouseburn From Above
Ouseburn From Above

Day #246 – Newcastle & Nudo’s

Trad: 5 Multi: 2
Walked: 8.7 miles

We had arranged to meet some muggle friends in Newcastle today, for a catch-up and lunch at Nudo’s in Chinatown. We found a couple of caches before the meeting time and then took a walk to find a few more once we had said goodbye to them.

The Tyne Bridge cache is in an excellent place for a good look across the river to the Shiny Slug!

View From The Tyne Bridge
View From The Tyne Bridge

The last couple of finds were ones Alistair had already got, but we were passing so we stopped off for me to collect them too.

Alistair Takes A Swig
Alistair Takes A Swig

I liked this cool brick mural of William Shakespeare on the end of a row of houses very close to the final find of the day.

Biily Shakespeare
Biily Shakespeare

Day #244 – Wallsend Wander

Trad: 3
Walked: 2.3 miles

After yesterday’s mad dash up the country, I decided to have a more leisurely day today. So Alistair and I pottered about Wallsend and found a handful of easy caches in various locations.

Hadrian Woz 'Ere
Hadrian Woz ‘Ere

One was inside the roller shutters of a local pet shop, so not available at all times, but luckily it was accessible when we were there.

Well-Dressed Geo-Dog Tags
Well-Dressed Geo-Dog Tags

The best find of the day was in the park, where I spotted a bit of green string, which looked suspicious. Releasing it from its hook point meant we could lower down the cache which was hanging in the top of the tree!

Inventive Hide
Inventive Hide

We searched for another three caches by the same owner, but they eluded us. Our concentration was wandering a bit, mainly because we were hungry – but the rain was threatening too, so we retired back to the house and called it a day.