Out and about with my good mate WhiteFriar on our weekly outing. The weather forecast had been all over the place on the run up to today, so we were not sure what to expect. However, we never had to contend with more than a little drizzle which was fine, though walking through long grass did rather soak one from the knees down! A bit of a mop up day with a few extras.
[b]Church Micro Challenge Cache...When I go to Church[/b] was first, a challenge that had caused us grief to qualify for http://www.15ddv.me.uk/geo/chal/church_micro_challenge.html#CM18 but which proved an easy find. We followed this up with [b]Church Micro 3701[/b] which gave us an access problem that held us up for a few minutes.
Next up were the three [b]Tribulation & Topography[/b] challenges that we qualified for. See my web pages http://www.15ddv.me.uk/geo/chal/rubyshoos_tt_traditional.html http://www.15ddv.me.uk/geo/chal/rubyshoos_tt_multi.html http://www.15ddv.me.uk/geo/chal/rubyshoos_tt_unknown.html for proof of qualification. Unfortunately this provided us with our first DNF of the day. We also got spotted, I learnt this morning, by SkiCycle on his way to work!
A short drive up the road brought us to the [b]Streaker[/b] challenges. I qualify for none of these (boo hoo) but WhiteFriar qualifies for one (the furthest away!), so up the hill we went for a swift find. Picked up [b]I hear the train a coming - Shoreham[/b] and [b]high life[/b] on the way.
When [b]Double time Challenge[/b] was published at the end of May I knew I had just one day left - today! Hence it was no co-incidence that today's trip brought us to this area. However, would the FTF still be up for grabs? Well, somewhat to my surprise, yes it was.
A string of five puzzles and then some unfinished business, [b]JJCL80[/b] and [b]JJCL Bonus[/b]. The former had been missing when we did the circuit last year and the latter we had failed to pick up its co-ordinates due to some confusion as to where they were (since resolved with the kind help of the cache owner). Located a place to leave the car and had a pleasant half mile walk to JJCL80 only to find it swathed in nettles! Back to the car and another half mile in the opposite direction brings us to the bonus. Rampant vegetation does not help but we get there in the end. It is one of those hides that, in hindsight, you wonder why it took you so long!
A string of eleven puzzle caches followed with only [b]Rosehip and Elderberry[/b] presenting difficulties. However, I read back through the logs, added 0.029 the the Northing and then made a swift find.
Time now for another circuit. Six more puzzles from the [b]Good[/b] series and #14 to #18 of the [b]sunday stomp[/b] series. This latter series looks in need of maintenance. A DNF at #16, which is probably missing, #17 and #18 have wet logs that need replacing and #14 is now a micro!
A little bit of a drive now and a short walk to grab [b]Hippo Milk[/b] in my quest to find 180 "Large" caches. Possible the "L" in the hint needs to be an "R"? However, it is hard to disguise a container of that size and we had it in our hands soon enough.
We were somewhat surprised to find that we still had plenty of time to spare at this point, so rattled off five Church Micros before deciding to quit for the day, which was quite nice as it allowed me to get home in time for a nice hot shower and a glass of my favourite tipple before collapsing into bed after a really great day out.