6-9 April 2013
A couple of months ago MRmcb came up with the idea of a UK Geocaching Trip. All the rest of our group, Bennieboys, Garmannetje, Keurli and myself were all immediately enthusiastic, and after some e-mail traffic we planned the beginning of April 2013 and the Sussex area for this trip. Now it was time for some serious puzzle solving :-). MRmcb had come up with the Sussex Olympic ring puzzles, the 19 question mark puzzles from nognod and some unknowns in between. We managed to solve them all with help from some of the cache owners for the real difficult ones. A lot of credits for solving have to go to MRmcb. After this all that had to be done was wait for April and pack.
Day 1, 6 April 2013
After Bennieboys picked all of us up early in the morning with his car, a 3 hour drive took us to Dunkirk were we managed to log a few French caches before boarding the ferry to Dover. Immidiately after arriving in Dover we drove to Sussex to start Geoaching. The weather was a bit cold, but it was dry and we even saw the sun shining through the clouds. We logged the first UK cache at 16:08 and kept on Geoaching until 21:05. We managed to finish the Blue ring and did most of the Yellow ring caches. Afterwards we drove to Crawley to check in at our lodge and then walked to Crawley center to find something to eat. We ended up in a local pub for a late evening meal and some well deserved cold beers of course ;-).
Day 2, 7 April 2013
In the morning we managed to crack the last yellow puzzle, needed to find the Yellow bonus. After a firm English breakfast we drove off to the black ring. We parked nearby and hiked along all the black ring caches. This was a fantastic walk through the lovely Sussex nature. Halfway down the black trail i logged my 3000th cache and got a surprise in the shape of a very nice Geoacaching 3000 founds coin and pin. Thanks guys!! Keurli even pulled out a bottle of champagne to celebrate this milestone! After the black bonus at 12:35 we finished the Yellow ring at 13:25 with only one DNF (Yellow 01).
The green ring was next on our list and we logged the green bonus at 16:02. Then off to the red ring which we managed to finish at 17:41. We then had a Thai meal at one of the local pubs and after this we drove to the starting point of the Nighcache "Eine Kleine Nachtfrolik". This turned out to be a nice and well maintained cache which we managed to log after about 1 1/2 hours. Back to Crawley for a beer and a well deserved rest.
Day 3, 8 April 2013
Again a dry and a bit cold day, but with some sun as well. This day we visited the Olympic Bronze, Silver and Gold medal caches. Great Hides!! After these we visited the nognod caches, for which we got just one DNF. We also had some great hikes along a lot of traditionals. Again beautiful views along the way. The last cache was logged at 20:18. In the evening we ate scampies and chips in the local pub watching the match Manchester City versus Manchester City. Afterwards it was time to back to Crawley again. In total we had already scored #147 founds
Day 4, 9 April 2013
Rainy and cloudy weather today. We decided to top off our 147 founds with 3 Crawley caches to reach the #150 mark and afterwards drive to Dover to see if we could get an earlier ferry. The three caches were quickly found and we drove in the pouring rain to Dover where we managed to get permission to board the 12:00 Ferry. After a lot of coffee in the waiting hall we boarded the ferry and arrived at about 15:00 in Dunkirk again. Busy traffic on the way back to Holland meant that we arrived back home at about 19:30 local time. All in all a great trip with a lot of fun, great hikes, nice caches and beautiful nature.
I would like to thank all the cacheowners for all those nice caches we visted during this trip. I can only imagine the time and effort it has taken to create a serie like the Olympic rings. Guys, it was a great trip again, thanks!