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Suspension

A cache by Pixie Troll Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 07/01/2009
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spans the Avon Gorge, and has become one of the symbols of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world.
The bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831, but not completed until 1864, 5 years after his death. The long delays were caused by political unrest and lack of funds.

The 85 ft (26 m) tall Leigh Woods tower stands atop a 110 ft (33 m) red sandstone clad abutment. It is not a solid structure & contains 12 vaulted chambers up to 35 ft (11 m) high, linked by shafts and tunnels. Although similar in size, the bridge towers are not identical in construction, the Clifton tower having side cut-outs, the Leigh tower more pointed arches. Brunel's original plan proposed they be topped with then-fashionable sphinxes, but the ornaments were never constructed.

The bridge has three independent wrought iron chains per side, from which the bridge deck is suspended by eighty-one matching vertical wrought iron rods ranging from 65 ft (20 m) at the ends to 3 ft (0.9 m) in the centre. Composed of numerous parallel rows of eyebars connected by bolts, the chains are anchored in tunnels in the rocks 60 ft (17 m) below ground level at the side of the gorge. The deck was originally laid with wooden planking, later covered with asphalt.

Roller mounted "saddles" are employed at the top of each tower to allow movement of the chains when loads pass over the bridge. Though their total travel is minuscule, their ability to absorb forces created by chain deflection prevents damage to both tower and chain.
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Hidden in busy part of Bristol, on a sunny day there can be hundreds of people around. The terrain is pretty easy going, but the actual cache can't be reached by wheelchairs or pushchairs.

WARNING !!! - recent cache finders have reported a Wasp / Hornet nest in close proximity to the cache position on site. PLEASE TAKE CARE when retrieving / replacing the cache.
[Pixie Troll; 20.08.2010]

The other main thing to remember - Beware of the muggles they are watching from all directions!

This cache is a 0.5L container covered in camouflage tape. The original inventory includes:
Notebook & pen
Clifton suspension bridge GC
K9 TB
Glass dog
Ladybird YoYo
some key-rings, pegs and pencils

This is Pixie Troll's first cache, so any comments would be welcome!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ng gur onfr bs na vil pbirerq gerr

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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