One Family, One Day, Geocaching in Six Countries

Geocachers Mark and Donna with their two children Steven and Beth

A family of four took the idea of the ‘road trip’ and turned a traditional drive into a fast-paced geocaching adventure. Delta68 is the husband and wife team of Mark and Donna. The couple was vacationing in Europe this September with their two teenage children Steven and Beth.

The family was all packed and set to return home to the United Kingdom when Mark made a realization. Their trip home from the Netherlands to England could yield caches in five, maybe even six, countries if they included Luxembourg. But the cache in Luxembourg was more than a hundred miles out of the way.

Mark admits that he had to do a little convincing. After some negotiating, the family launched on their treasure hunt at 7 a.m. They began logging caches in country after country. Their first cache in in the Netherlands was GC233ZX Echt-Susteren en zijn kernen (Roosteren). The family then navigated to caches in Germany and drove out of the way of their departure city in France. They turned south into Luxembourg and Belgium.

Family at their third cache in Luxembourg

They stopped for lunch in Belgium—now more than two hundred miles from Calais, France and their way back to England.

Mark says, “I checked TomTom to see how long it would take to get to Calais … 5 Hours!! I asked Steven and Beth how I was going to break it to Donna. ‘Mum! We’re five hours from Calias!’ shouted Steven. That’s solved that dilemma. :-)”

The family then drove 205 miles to log a cache in France. The long-haul set the stage to find geocaches in six countries. They just needed to return to their home in England.

Delta68 and their two children traveled back to England before the day ended. One final cache in the U.K. sealed the geocaching achievement. They family logged caches in six countries in less than 24 hours.

They set another record for a family best. Mark says, “We decided to continue straight home stopping off at GC27YDV Welcome to Warwick! just before midnight to set a new personal ‘maximum distance in a day.’

Geocaching in six countries in one day

Mark says the total distance traveled added up to 617 miles. He sums up the family’s geocaching feat as, “Certainly a memorable day.”

Read more about the family’s adventure and see all the caches that they discovered, on their blog, Delta68’s Geocaching Blog.

  • JP

    Somehow this doesn’t make sense.
    “Although they could have stopped, returned to England, found a cache there and [..]” – how could they return to England if not by driving through France? Since they went by car after all, I guess flying was not an option. There’s no ocean anywhere near to go by ferry. So how would they have returned to England if they were not to go through France?
    “Mark looked up the nearest French cache. It was in Calais.” – That’s surely not true. There are lots of caches on the way from Tournai to Calais, e.g. in Lille.

    And when reading Delta68’s Blog, I understand that they never considered NOT going through France but rather not planned to go to Luxembourg, which would have resulted in 5 countries.

  • That is a long drive but a great achievement.

  • Nixverstehen

    JP, agree. The story doesn’t make sense. “… the nearest French cache. It was in Calais.” Haha!

  • All fixed. Thanks for the reality check.

  • I think this is an awesome story. It sounds like something we would do as a family. It’s great that the entire family was into the idea and was willing to participate. I’m somewhat new to caching, but most definitely hooked on this activity. Thanks for sharing and happy caching!

  • Nice to see some English geocachers getting some publicity! i’d love to try this once my girlfriend have a new car!