Orwell and Eversden

Orwell and Eversden

“If you’re going to have one, have a big one” is what I often say.

By the normal scale of things, this was the very biggest of the big. A new personal best, in fact. I’m not sure I was planning for it to be a new PB, but it was a nice summer day and the walking (and caching) at the start was fast and furious, albeit without Vin Diesel.

There was so much caching involved that there’s not a lot I can say about the day. I didn’t take my camera and generally didn’t hang around at any point during the day.

On the radar were (at least) the Eversden Extravaganza and Orwell Orbital series, with a few general outliers and a couple of drive-bys at the end to get me over the PB line.

It was a long old day.

I parked in Orwell in the same car park I used when I set my previous PB, and headed off through the Orwell Clunch Pit again. Anyone would think the local COs had simply replaced one series with another.

I bumped into a bunch of other cachers going the other way around at one point. I’d gone armed with a bunch of spares, having previously asked the CO if he minded me replacing the disabled ones, but in the end I didn’t have to replace any of them, because this bunch of guys started earlier than me and had already done the doings on all of the missing ones. Result.

When I’d finished adding everything up, I’d completed a pretty spectacular 114 finds. They were :

MK Puzzle Series

MK Puzzle Series

A quick dash through Milton Keynes on a Friday night chasing after a bunch of puzzle caches that appeared recently.

I’d got all of them solved by this time, and as the higher numbered ones are all in Tattenhoe, I’d also already been to find those ones. The lower numbered ones start all the way up near the concrete cows and run right through the heart of the town’s western side, through the near-continuous line of parkland from North Loughton Valley Park, through Wymbush, Loughton, South Loughton Valley Park, The Bowl, Furzton and Emerson Valley into Tattenhoe. In essence, a route where I needed someone to drop me off and then I could walk home. Kas provided the “dropping off” service and I set off walking at about 6:30pm. It was early July, so the light would be good until well after 9pm, I thought.

Some of the caches were quite tricky to find and the series is quite spread out, which meant progress was a little slow. It was already after 8:30 when I reached the side of Furzton Lake, and by the time I left Furzton Lake looking for #19 it was getting distinctly gloomy. I DNF’d #19 and then exprienced a series of DNF’s before eventually jacing it in and going home. It really was getting quite dark, and I had some work to do to prepare for the following day.

So all in all I found 20 of the puzzles. They were :