Like many others, when this came out, I immediately analysed my current puzzle finds and was rather disappointed with what I found. There was one date I was missing only two months but one of those was February. The 10th was in fact my best option, it provided the earliest finish date and only required four finds. After much pondering I decided to go for eight dates in total, requiring me to find 41 caches, to give me some back up, having concluded that going for every missing date was just not feasible.
In the next seven months life got quite interesting at times, particularly as I have a non-caching partner. However, careful planning saw me hitting each date successfully. I was concerned that other cachers might me working towards the same dates but my first casualty was the 24th when a planned foreign holiday moved a day earlier. Then in October, on consecutive days, clarkester knocked out the 22nd and Grumpy Ant the 23rd. Suddenly I was down to five options. However, with two "maturing" in November I vowed to remain optimistic.
Last night I prepared everything and this morning I was out of the front door barely five minutes after the alarm went off. Drove round to "Cache 101" http://coord.info/GC2Z8F0 and made a quick find (and thus was able to ignore the half dozen contingency caches I had lined up "just in case"). A nerve racking drive to this cache went remarkably well, traffic wise and at GZ the find is made quickly. Moment of truth: I have the log book in hand and just for a second I hesitate to open it. However, it must be done. Turn the sheets, see that the latest entry is for the gullands three days ago and heave a sigh of relief.
Heading back I hit traffic queue after traffic queue, eventually getting home in twice the time it should have taken me. I can't say it unduly bothered me, I had the cache and that's what really mattered. This has been an interesting and demanding challenge, one that is harder than it looks. Very pleased to have finished this and to have managed the fourteenth "first". My qualifying caches are listed in my web page http://www.15ddv.me.uk/geo/chal/colincactus_challenges.html#01
This entry was edited by BaSHful on Thursday, 14 February 2013 at 17:22:18 UTC.