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Day #279 – North Weald Geo-Ramble

Trad: 17 Puzzle: 1 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 7.2 miles

I’ve been meaning to tackle the 16-cache North Weald Geo-Ramble for a few weeks. Others who have already done it have said it was fun but muddy. Thankfully today it wasn’t too bad for the most part – there certainly was signs of mud but most of it had dried sufficiently to be easily passable without wellies.

Up And Down
Up And Down

I started in Toot Hill and walked the series from the half way point around and back again. Not that the order mattered much! I also put to bed a hide in Toot Hill which I have DNF’d twice before. Yay! This letterbox cache was also hiding in the woods, with a nice little letterbox themed geocoin which I picked up to move along.

Lovely Letterbox Hide
Lovely Letterbox Hide

There was a bit of mud, but only for about 200 yards and all with enough dry land at the side to negotiate without ending up flat on my face.

Mud! Mud! Mud!
Mud! Mud! Mud!

I finished off the day’s finds with a custom cache, Lightning Bolt, in Chelmer Park, just as the sun was setting. It passed some time while I was waiting for my curry order to be prepared at the local takeaway!

Sunset In Chelmer Park
Sunset In Chelmer Park

Today’s finds bring my total for April to 287, my best month yet, and surpassing the previous January 2016 best by 10 caches. I hope to hit the 300 in a month some time this year, as it will qualify me for a challenge cache. It also means I’m just 11 caches away from my 5000th find, which I hope to reach tomorrow if I can have a good day out.

Day #187 – A Walk In The Woods

Trad: 3 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 1 Letterbox: 1
Walked: 5.5 miles

Tomorrow I plan a caching trip to Greenwich, where there are three Challenge Caches I want to pick up – about Golden Oldies. I realised late yesterday that I still need to find a 2007-hidden Letterbox cache before I’m able to pick one of them up. So today was a hastily arranged outing to a little 4-cache series just to the south of North Weald, which includes one such old Letterbox (they are rather thin on the ground around here).

A 2007 Letterbox!
A 2007 Letterbox!

Numbers 1 and 3 in the circuit were found quickly (both trads). No. 4 was the old Letterbox, which again was a straightforward retrieval. Of course, I signed the log and stamped it up with my smiley stamp.

Stamp Up The Logbook
Stamp Up The Logbook

No. 2 has been archived for some time, but with a bit of educated guesswork, I generated some likely co-ordinates to see if I could find the bonus. On arrival at GZ, this is what I found… Interesting!

Stamp Up The Logbook
Stamp Up The Logbook

I relocated to Chipping Ongar for another brief foray for a Church Micro for my 7-day streak – this time a Multi. After that, it was time to head home again, satisfied with a job well done, all ready for tomorrow’s Challenge Cache pickup.