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Day #392 – Wiltshire Wanderings

Trad: 6 Challenge: 3 Letterbox: 1 Virtual: 3
Walked: 8 miles

Today was the last day of my road trip to the Berkshire/Wilstshire borders. First on the menu were a couple of Challenge caches, which I’ve already qualified to find. I realise I put the wrong date on the 100 Days Challenge logbook. Oops.

100 Days Challenge
100 Days Challenge

The 200 Days Challenge was a nice ammo can found in the woods.

200 Days Challenge
200 Days Challenge

After those two, and a few more nearby trads along the way, I headed back to Silbury Hill and Avebury to pick up two more Virtuals and a couple of trads on my route. My walk started off sunny as I climbed Waden Hill, overlooking Silbury’s mound.

Sunny Silbury Hill Today
Sunny Silbury Hill Today

Having gone over the top and back down the other side, I was at Avebury Stone Circle and found the info for the Virtual quickly. Then I set off south for West Kennet Long Barrwo…

Avebury Stone Circle
Avebury Stone Circle

… just as the heavens opened. It was a long walk to the barrow and after stopping for a nearby trad, I eventually got to the top, rather soggy. Info collected and soggy selfie completed, I trudged back to the car and had to endure a damp drive home! All good fun in the end.

Soggy At West Kennet Long Barrow
Soggy At West Kennet Long Barrow

Day #352 – Walking On Water

Trad: 4 Earth: 1 Event: 1
Walked: 6.3 miles

I had a meeting in London this afternoon, so I went up earlier in the day with Alistair so we could grab a few boxes beforehand. It started well enough, with us finding a couple of the Lost River Fleet series north of the Thames.

Then we crossed Blackfriars bridge to look for Father Thames & The Mermaid. Good job it was low tide, as access was only from the river bank beach!

Low Tide On The Thames
Low Tide On The Thames

I did the admin while Alistair explored the detritus on the beach.

Alistair Explores
Alistair Explores

The log was rather soggy, but I managed to make our mark.

Soggy Log Sheet
Soggy Log Sheet

Then it started pelting with rain. Of course! (Alistair is convinced I’m a Rain Goddess as it frequently rains while we are out caching together). We needed to complete the tasks for the nearby Earthcache too, so we sheltered under the jetty while gathering the information we needed.

Earthcache Under The Jetty
Earthcache Under The Jetty

See, he’s still smiling (sort of), even though it’s raining!

Behind Me!
Behind Me!

Eventually it stopped so we headed towards Westminster. Along the way, we found a bargain BOGOF, two pots for the price of one, at West End Trail – Bridges and Statues (2).

Two For The Price Of One!
Two For The Price Of One!

Then it was time for my meeting, so Alistair went off to explore the Thames Flood Barrier, while I sat in an office along Millbank watching the river go by and listening to my colleagues debating various stuff. Eventually, the work bit was done, and I arranged to meet up with Alistair again at Blackfriars Bridge.

We headed south of the river once more to attend the London Event: Over from Hanover @ River Thames in a nearby pub. Camilla the Camel came to say hello, she seemed very friendly but slightly perturbed that her glass was empty.

Camilla The Camel Says Hello
Camilla The Camel Says Hello

Alistair met another duck – he’s always a bit wary, given the capers he’s had with Mr Duck over the years!

Alistair Meets Another Duck
Alistair Meets Another Duck

Lots of chatter and a few pints later, we staggered away to get the train home.

Day #322 – Thunderbolt & Lightning, Very Very Frightening!

Trad: 10 Multi: 1
Walked: 4.2 miles

I left it a bit late to go out this afternoon, but eventually pulled myself together and headed to Sheering to do the 10-cache loop there, plus a couple of Church Micros on the way.

CM2812 Sheering
CM2812 Sheering

It all began well, with some pleasant terrain and easy caches to find.

Sheering Loop Box
Sheering Loop Box

The paths here were well-defined and I could easily see where I needed to go!

Wide Open Pathways
Wide Open Pathways

Part of the route was along the Stort Valley Way, which has some nice dragonflies on the waymark signs.

Follow The Stort Valley Way
Follow The Stort Valley Way

Of course, when I was at the point furthest from the car (and not worth retracing my steps), the heavens opened. Rain, rain, rain – and thunder rumbling in the distance! Plus two very tricky hides which had me grovelling on my hands and knees to find. Argh!

Rumbles Getting Closer
Rumbles Getting Closer

After failing to find the bonus cache for the series, which was rather frustrating, I reluctantly headed out of the woods – only to be met with a lashing hail storm. I had to carry on walking, but the crunchy rain was battering my head in a painful manner!

Soaked By A Hail Storm!
Soaked By A Hail Storm!

If that wasn’t bad enough, I then had a very scary half-hour drive home in the continuing thunderstorm – it was the worst rain I’ve ever had to drive in, and there were several big flash floods on the A-roads where I wasn’t sure if I would make it through! Slow and steady won the day, and I was mightily relieved to finally arrive home, soggy but safe!

Day #311 – Colchester Capers

Trad: 11 Multi: 2
Walked: 9.9 miles

I had a client meeting during the morning in Colchester, so decided to stay in the area afterwards to find a few caches around the town. One of my first ports of call was at the old Roman Circus ruins near the Garrison. I liked the way the reminder of the old buildings was presented.

Colchester's Roman Circus
Colchester’s Roman Circus

It was a bit drizzly for my walk, but I found a few more, including this Leap Day themed cache before heading a little bit further north into Suffolk to find a few Church Micros.

Leap Day!
Leap Day!

I had a pleasant stroll to find a few more of geotrowel’s Grail Quest series too.

A Nice Walk
A Nice Walk

Then it was on to Higham and Raydon to find some more Suffolk multis for a challenge I’m working on.

CM2191 Higham St Mary
CM2191 Higham St Mary

So it was an interesting day out, in an area I don’t get to very often.

Day #301 – A Trio Of Trads

Trad: 3
Walked: 4.9 miles

Julian and I had more muggle business to attend to in Margate this afternoon, but I was told I could escape for a walk if I wanted to. So I set off in blustery conditions, which of course got worse and worse the further away I was from the house. Grrr.

Noone Bathing Today!
Noone Bathing Today!

Eventually I returned, quite damp from the rain, having found a trio along the cilff tops of Walpole Bay, with a couple of DNF’s thrown in too. Julian looked at me rather smugly as he’d been very sensible and stayed dry indoors!

Day #274 – Letchmore Loop Trio

Trad: 3
Walked: 5.7 miles

The rain started again this evening, just as I started my caching walk. I managed to find the first three caches in the 12-cache Letchmore Loop series by chiptheduck. At least the first couple were easy finds.

Easy Find In The Rain
Easy Find In The Rain

However, No. 3 was rather more difficult, being buried under a spiky hedge. Eventually I spotted it and managed to hook it out with my walking pole.

Tricky Find In A Hedge!
Tricky Find In A Hedge!

I was rather soggy by now, so decided to call it a day for now. I’ll be back for the rest another day.

Day #220 – Chignal Chasing #1

Trad: 1
Walked: 4.0 miles

The morning was spent organising getting my sick car to the garage. Another ride on the back of a tow truck, another expensive bill, no doubt! We shall have to wait and see what the diagnosis is.

Being without transport again, I had to resort to one of my standby caches, this time Chignal Chase #1. By the time I set off to catch the bus it was beginning to turn nasty. By the time I got off the bus to start my 1.5 mile round trip walk to the cache there was a bitter westerly wind blowing stinging rain and hail into my face!

Several times I wondered what the hell I was doing here, and the only thing which kept me trudging on was some of my favourite music piped through my headphones. Eventually I reached a very welcome sign – the target of my search.

A Welcome Sign
A Welcome Sign

Cache found, I had to turn around and trudge back to the bus stop, barely able to feel my legs from the bum to ankles. The things I do for this geostreak!

Day #161 – Fun Box

Trad: 1
Walked: 0.7 miles

If I thought yesterday was wet, today the rain followed on in spades. I waved Alistair off on his journey home just as it started in earnest. So I thought I would nip around the corner for a newly-released cache less than a mile away. It was not to be! The rain made me give up after about 10 minutes. I was very soggy.

So onto one of my reserve caches which I’ve been keeping for such crap weather days – the Chelmer Village Fun Box. The find was easy enough, thank goodness, but then the “fun” began – inside the main container were half a dozen identical small tubes which had to be searched to find the actual log!

Fun-box Innards
Fun-box Innards

Mission accomplished, I retired home to change clothes, dry out and contemplate being back to solo caching for the time being.