Trad: 18 Puzzle: 1
Walked: 4.7 miles
I’ve had the May 2001 cache Percy’s Cross on my to do list ever since I discovered the Jasmer Challenge. Being in Northumberland, I have limited opportunities to pick it up, so planned a drive out there today with Alistair. We cached our way up the A696 and A68 and decided to carry on to Scotland, briefly, as it wasn’t much further up the road!
Our first stop was Callerton Parkway for a couple of quick caches, then two more in Ponteland, one of which was a puzzle which I had solved prior to setting out.
The rain chased us most of the way up the road – we arrived at Percy’s Cross in the dry, but by the time we had found the box and signed the log, it was pelting with rain.
We decamped to the pub for a lovely lunch while the rain came down. Then set off again north-westwards towards the border, stopping a few times at various caches close to the road. There was a fun group of three close to St. Francis’ Church near Byrness.
Most of the water around here was in the form of puddles rather than rain, but it was threatening again.
Eventually we worked our way to the border – finding caches in both England and 100 yards into Scotland – in the blowing wind and squally rain, of course!
Once we had found the Scottish tupperware, we turned the car around and headed back to Newcastle, via a couple of other boxes which Alistair had already found previously.
So, another fun day out, despite the rain, and Alistair reached his 2000th find during the trip, too.