Day two of a three day trip to Somerset with my good mate WhiteFriar. Was it possible? Were we up for it? Those were the questions but what were the answers? Well the first was clearly "Yes". After some debate, over a period of weeks, we decided the answer to the second was also "Yes". And that was why we had driven to Glastonbury yesterday, to set us up for an attempt on the record for the most Church Micros found in a day. 65 was the target to beat (or so we believed at the time) and 80 looked extremely possible. Just glad the festival was not until the following week as it would surely have adversely affected us. As it was it was interesting to see the massive preparations being made to welcome the thousands that would soon be pouring into the area.
At 5:00 am we were rudely awakened by clamouring alarms and bleary eyed but rapidly got ourselves on the trail. The first find came at 5:21 am, a good start. Then a disastrous cache that, with hindsight, we should have skipped or abandoned. Hey ho, in a day this long you can't expect everything to go smoothly.
Indeed, things immediately got better with seven finds in the hour from 6:00 am to 7:00 am, a count per hour we would not better and only equal once more this day. By the time we paused briefly for breakfast our tally had risen to 18 and things were looking OK.
From here things flowed nicely for a while until we got to #29. Here a herd of cows, young heifers, we think, got very close up and personal. If I had picked the correct post first time things would have gone a lot better! We ended up retrieving the cache from the wrong side of the hedge, though, I hasten to add, without doing it any damage. Wish I could say the same about my arms.
One more cache bought our tally to 30 and time for elevenses. A long string of straightforward finds followed and by the time we paused for lunch we were in the early 40s and feeling quite positive about the outlook for the remainder of the day.
By now we were into a rhythm of drive to a church, jump out the car, find the cache, sign the log and on to the next. Many were quick, some took a little longer, some we could stop almost by it and some required a bit of a walk. Then, in the 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm slot, we had our second DNF. Lack of discipline keep us looking too long for this one leaving us with just 3 for the hour.
However, we redeemed ourselves in the next hour with 7 finds to bring our tally to 60. Barring disasters, we were going to overtake the previous total of 65 five pretty soon and indeed we did just that at 5:58 pm. And we stopped for a rather nice pastry sometime in that hour!
It was shortly after that that we had our third and final DNF of the day. Pretty sure this one was missing so moved on to the next without wasting too much time and we still managed 4 in the hour. 6 in the next hour even though we pause again for a little supper to sustain us.
8:42 pm brings up the 80 but we continue on, adrenaline (or something) keeping us going. Another hour and the light is starting to fade. No matter, we just get out the torches and we soldier on. I had been thinking of quitting when it got fully dark but somehow we keep going and made our final and 95th find of the day at 11:53 pm. Now it is definitely time to crash out!
My thanks to all the cache owners whose caches we found today. My apologies for the copy and paste logs but you will appreciate that it would be impractical for me to say something specific to every individual cache, given the number we found. I will say that there was not a duff one amongst them and that it was a really great day - well I can say that now, there were probably a few moments in the day when you might have got a different answer!
PS. As a coda I will add that on my return home I discover that an enterprising individual had gone out on Sunday 16th June and found no less than 100 Church Micros in a day!