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The City & The Thames

Trad: 3 Multi: 1 Puzzle: 2
Walked: 10.0 miles

Loads more walking today, before and after work. I started close to Liverpool Street by finally locating the elusive puzzle, O Where O Where Can That Little Cache Be? It had been bugging me for ages! The log was pretty full but I managed to cram my name in.

Squeezing My Name In
Squeezing My Name In

Another puzzle which had been outstanding for too long was Beck, based around the London Underground map. The other day, I finally made some progress with the solve and was rewarded with the little devil when I searched the correct spot this morning. Very satisfying to have ticked it off, at last!

Beck - The View At GZ
Beck – The View At GZ

Work took up the majority of the day, but I went for a walk afterwards, firstly around Surrey Row and then to the north bank of the Thames to look for a couple of Swan to Canary series. The Shard and Tower Bridge looked impressively illuminated this evening.

The Shard At Night
The Shard At Night
Tower Bridge Goes Purple!
Tower Bridge Goes Purple!

My final success was the Livchurch Street multi, which I had previously DNF’d but luckily had a brainwave about this evening. Then a weary walk back to Liverpool Street to get the train home.

Old Father Thames

Trad: 1 Earth: 1
Walked: 7.5 miles

I’ve been looking at the Earthcache near Westminster Bridge on the London map for months. It’s just around the corner from where I’m working and today the tides were just right – low tide just before I started in the morning and high tide just after I had finished. So I finally pulled my finger out and visited the spot to make my measurements.

Older Than London Itself
Older Than London Itself

Job done, I then headed off to pick up the trad in Ham Yard, another one ticked off the list.

London Loot

Trad: 3
Walked: 6.2 miles

Back in London again for work today, and time for a few caches afterwards. Lambeth and Vauxhall here I come.

Lambeth Bridge
Lambeth Bridge

After a nice walk along the River Thames, I headed to an urban farm and found a plastic cow! It was looking at me when I found the cache.

Urban Cow!
Urban Cow!

The last one was close to some lovely old Georgian architecture. Now time to head back to the train for home.

Georgian Houses
Georgian Houses

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.