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Caches No’s 3388 to 3399 – The UK Mega Event 2014 – Ayrshire and Arran

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Caches No’s 3388 to 3399 – The UK Mega Event 2014 – Ayrshire and Arran

The third UK mega I have been to, the first was cache #2000, the second cache #2750… I suppose I really should have made more of an effort to get this years Mega to be cache #3400 as I have worked hard in previous years to get Mega caches to be round numbers (Halloween last year was #3000) I did look briefly about 5 weeks beforehand at making the Mega #3500 but as I am still suffering from not being able to walk far it would have involved a lot of petrol and a lot of trips getting 10 – 12 caches a time to get to #3500… maybe by the Halloween mega this year, 12 weeks to get 75 caches doesn’t seem to hard… maybe I should go for 3600 or even 3750 as the Halloween target

2nd August 2014 – UK Mega Event 2014 – Ayrshire and Arran GC4HBG4 – cache #3388


Adam, Angel78 ¬†and myself spent all day selling magazines on the UK Cache Mag stall, which means we didn’t get to go out in the rain (well Angel78 did when we sent her next door to Tesco for sandwiches, but Adam and I stayed dry)
It was nice to meet a lot of cachers who don’t often get to the big events in the South of England… and one thing I did notice was that they weren’t as TB number hungry as the people down south


2nd August 2014 – Once Upon a Time in the West GC580ET – cache #3389
Found by Team Cachemag (UKCacheMag, Angel78 and myself) after the Mega, we thought we ought to at least show willing and find some Ayr caches. This first was an easy enough find… just a bit wet – falling from the sky and puddles on the ground – the cache itself wasn’t wet !


2nd August 2014 – Royal Scots Fusiliers GC23QK6 – cache #3390
We didn’t really find this ourselves, we met another couple of pairs of cachers at the GZ and one of them found it


2nd August 2014 – Watchful GC11KMG – cache #3391
First off we didn’t find GC29RXV Watchful BA124 – 60 DNF’s over the weekend… I didn’t find it either. The Watchful is a a ring-net herring boat symbolising the fishing industry of this part of the Scottish coast


But a walk along to the other end of the dry dock brought us an easy find, I don’t think the local youth who were sitting on the nearby bench expected a stream of cachers to be trailing up this end of the dock on a wet saturday teatime


2nd August 2014 – cromwells citadel GC2A6FN – cache #3392
Big Cannon, Little Cache


2nd August 2014 – The Old Dark House GC580BD – cache #3393
After stopping in one of the local hostelries to escape the rain we went back to where we had parked the car via this cache (it was still raining though)


2nd August 2014 – St John’s Tower GC22T1J – cache #3394
We met some other cachers at the scene and between us we fitted the cache with a new log and a new bag to prolong it’s life


2nd August 2014 – Changing seasons GC2HE1Q – cache #3395
We looked on one side of the wall – no sign of a cache, then Adam said there appeared to be a path in the jungle on the other side of the wall… so we sent him off into the wet soggy vegetation to look for it while staying on the dry side to direct him to the co-ordinates… and there it was…


2nd August 2014 – Ye Ole Survey Monuments GC45CC – cache #3396
YSM014 Ayr
An easy to find roadside Fundamental Bench Mark… judging by the flattening of the vegetation around it there had been many visitors over the past couple of days !


2nd August 2014 – Dunure Castle and Doocot GC5281C – cache #3397
One of the coastal villages we passed near on our way back to our hotel at Girvan was Dunure. Fortunately by the time we got here the sun had come out so we had an enjoyable half hour clambering around exploring the castle and surroundings. I could happily live in Dunure – in the house on top of the Lime Kiln
I gave it a favourite point just for the village !


2nd August 2014 – CHT – Dunure, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was here. GC55FVC – cache #3398
It was a bit of a maze just to get down to this cache, on a plateau half way down the cliff to the beach, following the arrow from the castle would be pretty impossible, instead you had to make your way round to the next promontory and work your way down from there.


2nd August 2014 – Electric Brae GCG8BA – cache #3399
Weird… A virtual cache to highlight a natural optical illusion, the road definitely looks to be going downhill not uphill


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