A new challenge "Church Micro Challenge Cache...When I go to Church" http://coord.info/GC4A9BW was published on 24th April 2013 and was received with very mixed feelings. I hate streaks but it was only for seven days. We have already done so many Church Micros but there are many more. After a few discussions with my caching partner, some delicate negotiations with my non-geocaching partner, careful examination of diaries and a quick look at what was out there we decided it was in fact feasible, albeit it was going to cover a lot of miles!
Day 7: An unexpected bonus. I had identified a nice little cluster of four church micros to nicely round off the week but then received a tip off (thanks SkiCycle) of a new Church Micro Earth cache. A tiny bit of research reveals there are a further three Church Micro caches, all by the same cache owner, in the same area that have not yet made it into the bookmark lists. So we complete qualification with an extra icon and a nice boost to our number of CMs found.
However, we started the day with a quartet of challenge caches that I have been intending to collect ever since they were published but the time had never been right, until today. A nice little circuit with only the last putting up any sort of fight. However, once up the tree it could not hide for long.
Next up was a long solved puzzle and, from the same parking, our first Church Micro of the day. Following on from this were the remaining seven Church Micros, all but one being pretty straightforward. It was 3592 that looked like being a DNF but on contacting the cache owner she dashed round at lunch time, agreed it was missing, replaced it, agreed we had been looking in exactly the right place and has kindly given us dispensation to log it as found.
Onwards and another long solved puzzle to collect (and an addition to the sidetracked series). Parking proved a problem but I improvised for the advertised quick dash 'n' cache. It turns out that WhiteFriar did this one back in 2011 but it is definitely a new one for me.
We were not quite done with Church Micros as we had three more challenges to collect. Found some on road parking near the college entrance and worked our way round in a clockwise direction for three swift finds. See my web page http://www.15ddv.me.uk/geo/chal/church_micro_challenge.html#CM19 http://www.15ddv.me.uk/geo/chal/church_micro_challenge.html#CM20 and http://www.15ddv.me.uk/geo/chal/church_micro_challenge.html#CM22 for lists of my qualifying caches.
At this point we very pleasingly found ourselves well ahead of schedule and therefore with time to tackle a half dozen heartstone caches. The first proved the hardest but once the hint was finally understood the find followed pretty quickly. Oink saw us abandon the car at a barely suitable spot but in spite of wandering up and down the road a bit we made the find fairly quickly and then drove the car round the corner for a better parking spot, albeit with only two thirds of the car off the road.
The final four were done from here. Black Swan had been a pig to solve but the find was easy enough. The two trads proved straightforward, the second providing a pleasant clamber up. AA1 was the last and, thanks to a generous hint, also presented no difficulties. A very pleasant walk in a nice bit of woodland that is currently awash with bluebells. We took a few photos which I have uploaded.
Heading back now but this takes us within 0.2 miles of Random Roundabout, another long solved puzzle, so we make a quick detour. Given the location, I was pleased to make a very swift find!
Once more the day has remained dry for us which means that we have successfully completed this quest without the need to go out in the rain which, being a bit wimpish, I will only do at great necessity. And there we will rest on our laurels, for while anyway.