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Found it metal-bijou found Oxford-we-go - Geolympix legacy

Sunday, July 22, 2012Southern England, United Kingdom

icon 8 of the day.

I prepared the cartridge and used my utterings at the mega to shape the route by audience participation. I think I got one zone wrong though.

I had great fun walking this with P&Co, Bryan, JZ, HippyRPT, Heff and JOSSS for which experience I'mgoing to give this a favourite. Having prepared the cartridge it was really good of the CO to take this cache on and look after it, thank you.

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A weekend of two mega events. I'm not sure that's been done before. Piratemania on the Saturday followed by Geolympix on the Sunday.

I headed up on Friday night with JOSSS to pick HippyRPT up from Derby station. Friday night was light on caching as we decided to head to the campsite. I think most had got there on the Friday too.

The Saturday morning was special with a particular puzzle cache on our hit list that JOSSS had heard about. We found an archived cache will locating a YOSM and walked into an amazing old cemetery for a virtual. That was before we even got to the planned cache. We even got a bonus 5/5 as HippyRPT just happened to have the right kit with him. The highlight of the morning was buying lunch in Melton Mowbray. Ok, we then found a few more caches and it might have been better to just head back to the campsite and enjoy the mega and surrounding rings. The evening at the campsite was most enjoyable and a real family affair, though we nearly had kids trampling over the BBQ due to co-location of communal BBQ sensibly on hard standing and organised games right in the middle. That night I relocated the car so that we could head off early doors only to find that it was open in the morning.


The Sunday was amazing!!! While I asked the question about a mega in the SE during the Olympics, I’m amazed it was so successful. We set off early. Well a few minutes later than expected because we took too long to strike the tents (rather we didn’t leave enough time to strike). HippyRPT identified a great cache on route; a large container which I later discovered meant we qualified for Size Matters Challenge cache (GC3AQZZ). We arrived for a spectacularly well attended flash mob which led to an oversubscribed CITO event in less than 11 hours. It’s not the first time I’ve done three events in a day (29th Feb this year Heff and I headed to Devon for a bacon sarnie before heading to a couple more events) and I doubt it will be my last as they always make such great days out. The day was filled with a well planned convoy thanks to three cache owners for their confirmation that we had the right final coords after careful planning to get half a dozen icons before getting to the town hall. Once at Oxford we were in such a rush for me to give a presentation and Heff to volunteer himself for dehydration duty that both Heff and I got parking tickets. There were many highlights for me throughout the day but it was all about the great company in the glorious weather. Though another highlight was walking around Oxford with a founder of this hobby (Bryan) and him awarding a favourite point to a Wherigo cartridge I had prepared.

infoA Wherigo geocache uses your Wherigo cartridge to lead you ultimately to the physical geocache location. The cartridges must reside at Wherigo.com. If a cartridge is used as a requirement to find a geocache, it is considered a Wherigo cache, regardless of whether it may also have a puzzle or multi-cache component.
 
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