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 2: The mad one. Why so? Well, we (WhiteFriar and I) very quickly worked out that the 'unknown' icon was going to be the one to give us most grief.It is not that I am bad at solving puzzles but rather that almost all Church Micro puzzles, within a reasonable distance have already been solved and, more to the point, collected. OK, there is the one at Royal Tunbridge Wells, but as I can't crack it that leaves one on the opposite side of London. So.... today we planned to drive the whole way round the M25 to nab our puzzle (and a few others besides). Absolutely bonkers. Right?
It started badly as the clockwise traffic on the motorway appears to be near stationary. A quick re-jig of the plan sees the first two caches dropped and we set off anti-clockwise instead to arrive at GZ just over an hour later where the first cache of the day is a swift find of our puzzle Church Micro. Naturally, we motored the short distance down the road to pick up its companion 'Multi.
A change now as we relocate to Epping Forest for four "Large" caches (a rare size category that we are collecting as and when we can). These provided us with four pleasant short walks and four more straightforward finds. Well, it is a lot harder to truly hide containers of this size!
This led us naturally to a little cluster of three more Church Micros which were quickly dispatched. Relocating Eastwards saw us attempt another pair of Church Micros, the second providing our only DNF of the day. A short distance Southwards we squeezed the car off the road at the start of a footpath to pick up our first Challenge cache of the day, one that we both easily qualify for. I would have liked to have done it as part of the circuit but that will have to wait for a day when we have a bit more time to spare.
Time now to head for home before the rush hour traffic snarls up the roads too much. Crossing the QE2 bridge at 4:00pm the queues were already starting to build but only delayed us two or three minutes. However, we are not finished for the day. A short detour brings us back to a challenge cache for which I now qualify (on my previous visit a few weeks ago only WhiteFriar did).
One final detour and I wrap up another Earthcache, though the target of a hundred that I have set myself still seems a long, long way away.... Time now to wend our way home, carefully avoiding the section of M25 between junctions 5 and 6 where there is a lane closed (in addition to the current road works!) that the radio traffic reports announce is causing much grief! A glorious day. Can it last? How long before we start getting wet in pursuit of this particular quest?
PS. So many qualifying days! 21st June 2011 was a good one http://www.15ddv.me.uk/geo/chal/finds_for_2011-06-21.html