I suppose that the Church Micro series is probably my favourite series although I’m very keen on many others. Today is its anniversary and by finding a CM cache, a souvenir is awarded but by attending an CM Anniversary event, you can gain another. Now these events are few and far between. I had planned to attend one in London but when I saw that Infinson and gilliwiG had orgainised one at Witchford near Ely, I planned my day around that.🤔
The day started with an hour’s drive in the dark up the M11 until I got to Duxford. My first cache of the day was the mystery Just-Us-Two overlooking the airfield at 0657. I then moved on down into the village for the FP and the VH trads.
Having ticked these off, I drove up into Cambs to Whittlesford where there was a plethora of series caches to keep me busy. I quickly sorted out the trad at the URC CM and then the multi at the VH. The LB and the WM trads were quickly found which brought me to the CM multi at St Mary and St Andrew. I found most of the information that I needed apart from a couple of numbers but I busked them and luckily spotted the well hidden cache at my coords. It was depressing but uplifting in a way to see the Allied War Graves of pilots and aircrew here from the Commonwealth and our other allies particularly Poland who were based down the road at RAF Duxford. RIP.
i finished my visit to the village with at quick find of the VS trad and
I’m heading down into Kent this morning as the A13 isn’t closed for those dreaded road works. I’m planning to do some more of jazzyjessups’s Retirement Ramble series but I have a few former DNFs to find on the way.
First off was the Blockbuster-Stylee Bingo(ish) Challenge cache in the Bluewater shopping complex in Greenhithe. I qualified for this one ages ago but it was MIA when I had my first look. Now that it had been replaced, it was time for another try. As it was brightly lit up over there, I was in and out before dawn having made a quick find.
The RST mystery at Southfleet was another previous failure for me but now it has been replpaced, I had another easy experience. Next up was Farningham where I picked up the CM multi that I had solved some time ago but didn’t have time to collect.
Just down the road In Eynsford was another section of the Retirement Ramble series of trads that I was after. I must admit that I did the first section of #15a to #15e and #16 as drive bys. I also found the mystery Congratulations agrajag on his 40K cache. I hope that it’s not to much to give away that I found the cache in the photo along this section. Now I have found fingers and even a leg as caches before but never a head. Has anyone found any other body parts?
I headed back to the High Street and quickly worked out the multi at Fancy Some Cake? The coords were close to where the next section of the RR series so I quickly found the well hidden cache.
I started on the footpath up the hill to #24. I had been here before on a previous JJ series which had been archived. I worked my way through the fields and the woods picking up well hidden trads until I sorted out the multi at #17. Now this was to be a linear route but I had one more cache to find before getting back to the car and heading for home.
I eventually reached the Sarah Jane Smith mystery and had a quick find and a surprise when I found it. As I was walking to the cache, I read in the hint that I would need a Phillips screwdriver. Now this would be tricky as I hadn’t brought one.☹️ However, a quick search of my geo kit came up with something that gave me a chance. Luckily I was able to sign the log sheet and more importantly, putting the cache back together.
3 Multi 4 Mystery 12 Traditional
I had spotted a circular walk around Great Eversden and Little Eversden in Cambridgeshire consisting of 29 trad caches each with a D/T of at least 2/2. The Eversden Extravaganza was about 5 miles in length and was just what I needed to bring my numbers up especially as the walk was interspersed with a number of series caches.
I had passed through Great Eversden last week so I knew where to park up. As dawn broke at 0700, I had looked the first cache of the series and by the time I logged #10 at 0844, I had also added the trad CMs at Great Eversden and Little Eversden, the multi War Memorial, the trads at the Village Hall and the Little Bridges plus two more of ryo62’s Congratulations series, one a Mystery and the other, a Letterbox.
I continued up to #15, and then broke off for the Trigtastic trad at New Farm and then #6 to #4 of the Halloween Haunt series of trads. I then set off across the fields to the trad at Wimpole cache #2.
I was surprised to find a memorial bench here for Captain, The Honourable Thomas Agar-Robartes MP who was killed at the Battle of Loos on 30th September 1915 in an action for which he was recommended for the Victoria Cross. As he was from Bodmin in Cornwall and was the MP for that area, it’s intriguing as to why the memorial is here on the edge of the forest?
Still pondering, I worked my way back to the series and completed the circuit at 1030 with very few problems. Just to celebrate this excellent extravaganza, I found the VS for the villages at the end of the trail head.
About a mile up the road was my start to the Quizzical Smile series of mysteries. They were not set in an particular order though. Once you had solved all the puzzles, then you set the best route for you. On the way there, I found 2 more mysteries, another of the Congratulations series and one based on our entry into the innocuous “Common Market”, named This One’s For You General De Gaulle.
I made a promising start to the QS series but then reality set in and I had to backtrack on a couple. I couldn’t find #16 at all but I did meet a couple of hikers from Holland who were staying with their daughter and family in nearby Comberton. They had a GPSr but weren’t Geocachers although they knew about the hobby.
The rest of the Halloween Haunt series coincided with the QS series so I found these, changing the sodden logsheet at #1 as I went. I was now over 2 miles from the car so I set off down the muddy track. I had sorted out the coords for the QS Bonus cache but by the time I got back, I decided that it was time to call it a day. Let’s hope that the M11 is behaving itself.🤔
1 Letterbox 1 Multi 19 Mystery 42 Traditional