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Caches No’s 1371 to 1380 – Driving Back From Norfolk

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Caches No’s 1371 to 1380 – Driving Back From Norfolk

A horrible wet and miserable day to drive home on, but there were more caches to find, so again I took the long way home.

7th November 2011 – Knights Hospitallier’s GC1GTGK – cache #1371
This cache took me a bit longer than it should to find, I mean I had the co-ordinates and I had the hint that it was hidden tucked among the roots of a tree… trouble is the co-ordinates seemed to be bang in the middle of the road and there were trees on both sides of the road… so it was the 3rd tree I checked before I found it

7th November 2011 – Solomon’s Temple GC1GTGA – cache #1372
Some Deja-vu here, as this cache also took me a bit longer than it should to find, although I had the co-ordinates and I had the hint that it was hidden tucked among the ivy around a large tree… trouble is the co-ordinates seemed to be bang in the middle of the road and there were large ivy covered trees on both sides of the road… so again it was not the first tree I checked before I found it

7th November 2011 – BB15 – To Catch a Thief GC2WYNW – cache #1373
The first cache I have ever seen that has made me jump… I was searching around in this little copse of trees and then turned round to find the cache looking at me from 3 feet away !

7th November 2011 – BB14 – Stepping Out GC34B5C – cache #1374
This cache had caused some cachers a little difficulty finding it, but when I got to the co-ords and saw a Public Footpath sign it took me about 2 seconds to determine that it must be hidden in the cap

7th November 2011 – BB13-Troubled Water GC2X1RB – cache #1375
A surprisingly large cache for this series where I have found nothing bigger than micro caches. This cache is hidden at the side of a beidge over a drainage dyke and I had just got to it when I heard voices coming towards me, so I grabbed the box and retreated to my car to wait for the 3 walkers to pass… where the three walkers were coming from or going to I don’t know, cos it was as I have said a wet, murky day and thees walkers were three Asian guys (a rarity in the countryside to start with) not wearing walking boots or particularly waterproof jackets, walking along a muddy track at the side of a drainage dyke in the middle of nowhere !

7th November 2011 – Jape Around Disneyland #02 GC31Z0M – cache #1376
The village of Norton Disney has a cache series around it of which I had to pass by a few on my route… This first one promised to be a bit difficult being hidden in a hole in a tree about 8ft above the ground, but fortunately their is a protruding tree route around the side of the trunk which gives you a step up and makes it possible for normal size people !

7th November 2011 – Jape Around Disneyland #06 GC31Z8P – cache #1377
This one was a strange hide, a small sample container wedged behind a reinforcing wire sticking out of a broken concrete post

7th November 2011 – Jape Around Disneyland #07 GC31Z9E – cache #1378
A bit of a waiting game to find a time when there is no-one driving along the road to let you get to the magnetic nano stuck on the sign post… then another waiting game until there’s another traffic break to put it back.

7th November 2011 – A46 Fly-Over GC2Y7TQ – cache #1379
A relatively new flyover that doesn’t appear on the 2005 memory map, so although I knew the cache was in the end of the barrier of the bridge there were 4 ends to choose from… I did of course park at the wrong end of the bridge and was on the wrong side of the road !

7th November 2011 – Lay-By Loopy 1:6 GC2QJ6E – cache #1380
The last cache of my trip, I was by this time getting fed up of the rain and it was getting late and I still had 100 miles or so to drive home, so I called it a day after this cache, which as the title says is in a layby, and is the first cache I have seen where the cache container is actually fastened to a tree… This would be quite hard to spot in the summer when the tress are in full leaf, but not too bad in late Autumn when the leaves are a bit sparser

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