26. Feb, 2020

Back to Toft

This week I decided to go back to re-visit West Cambs to pick up some of the caches that I had to pass by when I was doing the 2012 Decathalon Challenge Cache last week. I had to be very selective then so as not to be drawn away from the plan. Today, I can take my time, so here‘s how things went.

I turned off the M11 on to the A505 just before dawn and very soon after picked up two Congratulations mystery caches on the way into Fowlmere. As an aside, I have a TB in a Village Hall series race and I’m hoping to drop it off in a suitable cache or at least let it visit VH caches. 

Fowlmere had a jigidi Mystery VH which I quickly found and up in the village itself, I added the VS and WM multis and a Milestone series trad to the tally. Down the road in Thriplow, there were more multis, a VH and a WM, as well as a trad VS which were soon solved and found.

I was heading north now into cache rich Newton but found the time to collect two more of the Congratulations series. One day, with persistence, I might grace this Hall of Fame.πŸ€” Now Newton  had three multis, a WM, a VS as well as a VH, that were solved and sorted before I moved on to the CM trad. 

I was looking for a cafe by this time but I couldn’t remember seeing on in these villages. On the way to Harston, I collected another Congratulations mystery as well as the RST on the outskirts. I had previously failed at the VH trad but it was MIA then and had been replaced. It was a cunning placement but blue turned to yellow. πŸ˜€

I looked at my list and saw that Haslingfield was the next port of call. Hold on, the memory bank started whirring and I was sure that there was a decent little bijou cafe there run by a Thai or Malaysian Lady. I parked up outside the Moringa Tree opposite the church and was delighted to see available tables. I knew that the coffee and cakes were good but I was looking for something of a breakfast nature. I spotted bacon roll on the menu so I was in.πŸ˜€ Now, I don’t like soft rolls and the lady said that her roll was a bap.πŸ™ However, I could have a bagel.πŸ˜€

Now when the bagel appeared, it looked and smelt great, ah, smoky bacon. In fact the couple on the table next to me said that they were envious. As I bit down on the bagel, I must have groaned with delight as the woman on the next table said “ok, enough, stop the noise now.”🀣

After fighting off the urge to order another bagel, I left the cafe and wandered down the road to the trad Methodist CM and then sorted out the VS multi. Once I was backat the car, I drove north for a couple of miles and parked up for a short linear walk. I found the large ammo box for the Christmas Cache 2018 letter box and decided to drop off all the TBs that I was carrying as this looked to be very safe. Just up the track was the Up Scope Too trad very near to one on the radio telescopes that dot the countryside around Cambridge.

Toft was going to be my next port of call but there were a few odd caches on the way. I found the mystery First Class Puzzle and I’m sure that I had visited the mystery Trigtastic #33 before but I couldn’t have logged it but now I have.πŸ˜€ The Cambridge Meridian trad was a quick find and I crossed the road to look for number 49 of the Mickey’s Mystery Tour series. I had failed here before and now know that the hint is well out of date, still it’s history now.

I’m now in Toft which has four multis that have been on my radar for a long time and now it’s time to clear up. However I spotted that the Post Office sold coffee and after an Americano and a Mars bar, I was fortified and ready to do battle. The Methodist CM, the Fine Pair, the War Memorial and the Toft People’s Hall VH all succumbed and whilst I was in town, I trekked out To Beachy Hut, one of the Hatley Heart Attack series for a quick find of the mystery cache.

A couple of miles north west of Toft is the small village of Hardwick and I had more unfinished business here. Along a very muddy footpath were the last two stragglers in the Mickey’s Mystery Tour series. I had DNFed one due to a MIA and I’d messed up the coords of the other. Since the MIA had recently been replaced, it was time to clean up and I did.πŸ˜€

Time was getting on so, I headed east to Bourn for a cluster of caches. Again there was a plethora of multis and after picking up the WM trad, I added CM St Mary’s, the VS, the VH and then The Bourn(e) Identity to the days tally. 

Now it was really time that I turned for home. The quickest route took me north to meet the A428 which was convenient as I could possibly pick up a 1/1 trad Hardwick Hangover (A428) that had been on my list for ages. As I drove north, I realised that this route took me through Caldecote where there was another cache that had been of interest to me recently as it had a night attribute. The CM trad was a quick find and I was soon on my way. However I wasn’t aware of all the road works on the A428 and although I could see whereabouts the Hangover was, I’d have to work out some way of getting to the cache another time.

Multi 16 Mystery 13 Traditional 10 Letterbox