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Day #228 – Fossils & Friends

Multi: 1 Earth: 1 Event: 1
Walked: 6.3 miles

I was near St. Paul’s this afternoon and decided to finally complete the Earth Cache there which is all about the fossils on the steps. To start with I couldn’t see any, then all of a sudden, they seemed to be everywhere! Here’s an impressive specimen:

Fossils At St. Paul's!
Fossils At St. Paul’s!

Having done that, I was able to attend a small but perfectly-formed little Flash Mob within 20 yards of the Earth Cache. Nice to meet cachers from Yorkshire, London, The Netherlands and Spain!

Small But Perfectly Formed Flash Mob
Small But Perfectly Formed Flash Mob

My final stop of the day was to pick up Sherlock 3 – The Wages Of Sin, Watson! which is the penultimate “multi-virtual” I need to find before I can go after the actual Sherlock booty.

At The Sign Of The Flying Horse
At The Sign Of The Flying Horse

The info was to be found near this flying horse by Temple Church. A lovely area for a quick stroll. It was then a very unpleasant rush-hour ride on the Central Line from Chancery Lane to Liverpool Street. And I wonder why I try to avoid travelling at peak times…

Day #188 – A Divergent Day

Trad: 2 Multi: 2 Challenge: 3 Letterbox: 1
Event: 1 Earth Cache: 1 Whereigo: 1 Virtual: 5
Walked: 14.4 miles

My previous best cache-types-in-a-day was 5, a few years ago. But there are a few Challenge Caches which like you to have found 8 in one day, so I had been planning a trip to Greenwich, Lewisham and Central London for today, to coincide with an Event by a visiting Polish cacher and his daughter. Perfect! Sadly, I can’t go for 9 types in London as I’ve already found the only webcam cache at Abbey Road. I’ve also been saving London’s only Letterbox cache for such an outing. Here’s how my day panned out:

The first Virtual of the day was in Greenwich Foot Tunnel, SUBTERRANEAN SUB-AQUA (Isle of Dogs/Greenwich).

First Virtual Of The Day, Greenwich Foot Tunnel
First Virtual Of The Day, Greenwich Foot Tunnel

The event was next, organised by  krogulec, (+Amelka), First Caching In London. It was a nice little international gathering with visitors from Poland, Czech Republic, Germand and Italy, as well as a few locals.

Event In Greenwich
Event In Greenwich

The Whereigo, Church Micro 3690…Greenwich-St Alfege, was a bit of a challenge as the cartridge should have been updated with a slightly different location hint, but thankfully the CO was quick to reply to my message and I found it soon after that. The Whereigo was also an excellent third type of CM for my mini 7-day streak.

Whereigo Finally Found!
Whereigo Finally Found!

I found a couple of trads too, the first was in a murky Isle of Dogs. By the time I got to Blackheath, the sun had come out as I found Ranger’s House.

Second Trad Of The Day
Second Trad Of The Day

I picked up three Puzzle caches in Blackheath, this lovely square was the location of Icons Golden Oldies Challenge.

Puzzle In Greenwich
Puzzle In Greenwich

The Earth Cache I had targeted was on Point Hill, overlooking the city, one of the Battle of Britain Earthcaches.

Location Of The Earth Cache, Greenwich
Location Of The Earth Cache, Greenwich

Next stop was the Multi at Church Micro 8128…Blackheath – Ascension, with a surprising final GZ guarded by a fake crow!

First Multi, Blackheath
First Multi, Blackheath

The final type on my list was the Letterbox Church Micro 7456. .. Blackfriars-St Andrew near St. Paul’s. Another surprising final GZ, but I won’t give that away, it would spoil the surprise.

Letterbox Success!
Letterbox Success!

Having completed that challenge, I also wanted to make it 5 virtual finds today, for another challenge cache. I’d found two in Greenwich, two around Tower Bridge and then struck out at my final target – at 4:30pm on a Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t get anywhere near the location!

So, despite the distance, I decided Plan B was in order – I got on the Circle Line from Tower Hill to Paddington and quickly found Paddington Dare. Phew! 5 in the bag.

Final Virtual Of The Day, Number 5
Final Virtual Of The Day, Number 5

However, the day wasn’t without cost – I felt like I was coming down with a fluey lurgy by the time I got to Paddington, so some hastily purchased drugs from Boots on the platform gave me the strength to get home, where I collapsed on the sofa!