Merthyr Marathon MM2 - Tunnel Vision
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This is the second in the Merthyr Marathon series. You will need information found doing MM1 to get started on this one. This multicache consists of four virtuals and one traditional cache, all less than one mile from the position (not a suggested parking place)given above. Allow 2-3 hours to do this on foot.
Merthyr Tydfil is the burial place of Tydfil, the daughter of Brychan, the Welsh prince. Merthyr suggests a martyr's shrine, but it is not conclusive that Tydfil suffered martyrdom. Before the industrial revolution it was a small farming village - perhaps it would be nice to put the clock back? But, wait, there are some interesting places to see. To begin, you need the letter/number code for MM1.
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Virtual Cache 1 N lm nh.fin W kdi gi.kca
It is sad that the splendidly restored industrial building is not open to visitors on a regular basis. It had a 73 year working life which ended in apqn. You may wish to note the date when the Duchess of York performed the opening ceremony.
Virtual Cache 2 N ja hn.ede W dki gg.pce
A more recent memorial to show that Merthyr's history is not only its industrial past - and, near by, a mosaic to show what previously occupied this site. The memorial was unveiled in month r of 2000.
Virtual Cache 3 N la nj.dlt W dki gt.lne where:
t = r divided by 3
We will come back to the person, who this memorial commemorates, and the important centenary in 2004 later in this series. But, for now, we need to note that he died in mpuu.
Virtual Cache 4 N ja hn.lqu W kdi gg.rjm
Hopefully, you will have reached an unusual memorial to a couple from Abercanaid. This farming village changed rapidly after the construction of the Glamorgan Canal and with the demand for coal to fire steam engines. Robert opened a pit that produced some of the best steam coal. After his death, his wife Lucy continued to manage the mine and, with her sons, opened two more, earning herself the title "Mother of the Welsh Steam Coal Trade". But you need to look around the religious building near the memorial to find out what aptly named operation restored the graveyard and to count the letters in the name of the country where the Sergeant who won a Victoria Cross died in 1917 (s is the number of letters).
Virtual Cache 5 N ja nh.knr W kdu gg.mks
When you look in here, imagine that you were further inside and what you can see is real!
Regular Cache 6 N ja nh.khg W kdi gg.den
This is a small black "turtle" pot (a round tub with screw-top lid). If you continue beyond the cache, up the embankment, you can look down on the factory that produced the C5 personal transport (a commercial flop for Sir Clive Sinclair), but is better known for domestic appliances. Beyond this, across the River Taff is Abercanaid, which was mentioned at Cache 4.
Don't forget any of the clues from this Cache - you never know when they will come in handy!
Oruvaq jnyy, guveq pbeare hc.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum