3. Aug, 2018

On The Way Up

This is going to be a busy day! I am driving from Vange up to the Yorkshire Mega and then on a bit more. To make sure that I get there alright, I decided to hire a car as my motor has been suffering a bit lately and I don’t want to take any chances. The hire car is a brand new Bremen Motor Works specimen with just the eighteen miles on the clock. There will be quite a few more on there when I return the car back on Monday morning. The car has that eco on/off feature that will take some getting used to but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.πŸ€”

I am planning to cache in 16 counties today - Essex, Herts, Beds, Bucks, Northants, Warks, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Notts, South Yorks, East Riding of Yorks, West Yorks, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and North Yorks. There would be 11 new counties for me on the trip. I am also planning to get some challenges and some early Jasmer caches on the way. I’ve also worked out a selection of caches that should hopefully qualify me for the “Up The Thirteen Steps” Challenge too. So what happened?

My first cache was in Waltham Abbey at 0355 and I found at least one cache in each of my target counties thus giving me eleven new English counties. Just four more to get. πŸ˜€ I found some early Jasmers including a 1/04, 12/02 and a 4/01. I had to miss out on a 10/3 but I just ran out of time.

Other highlights were CM Underwood in Notts to qualify me for the AEIOU CM Challenge cache and the 10 Counties In A Day Challenge In West Yorkshire. I even qualified for the Up The 13 Steps Challenge on the way.πŸ˜€

Another one that stood out was “I Love Eddie” in the East Riding of Yorkshire. As I parked up to go for the trad, I saw a couple of young chaps with cameras and binoculars nearby, one of them sitting on the central reservation in a deck chair. πŸ€”I thought that we were on a flight path and asked them whether they were air spotting. They said that they were spotting Eddie Stobart lorries.🀣 Well, I get some strange looks when I say that I’m a geocacher so each to his own.πŸ˜€

I attended the Blow Your Horn ceremony in Ripon square at 9 o’clock to gain a virtual but this wasn’t my final cache of the day.πŸ˜€ I went to the 80s Disco event at the Mega site but there was no time to boogie. I got back to the village pub where I was staying for the night about ten and had three pints of hand-pumped Tetley’s Bitter. After that, I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

It had been a very long day but oh so worth it, probably my best ever Geocaching day. πŸ˜€

1 Event, 2 Virtual, 3 Mystery, 27 Traditional