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Caches Nos. 169 to 179 – Motorway Mayhem ? ? ?

Submitted by on Sunday, 25 October 2009No Comment
Caches Nos. 169 to 179 – Motorway Mayhem ? ? ?

There are many caches in the Motorway Mayhem series all up and down the country (and probably over the waters as well). They are designed to break up a tedious journey. The locations are within a couple of minutes of the Motorway (and main A road) junctions & are intended to be found quickly.

I was heading south again and as the Clocks had gone back the night before it was no bother to get up and set out an hour early, giving me some extra time to stop off and do some cacheing on my way down to Worcestershire.

October 25th 2009 – Another Urban Micro GC20436 – Cache #169
A new cache that had appeared only a few days before, it was a 2 minute detour to drive past it, so I did just that… It’s placed where it is because it’s outside a Taxi firm called “Geo-Cars” !

October 25th 2009 – Motorway Mayhem M1 J36 GCT4EK – Cache #170
This is actually a simple puzzle cache, to get the co-ordinates you are supposed to count the number of bridges that go over the road between Jn38 and 36 and do some maths to get the right numbers… I admit to cheating, I counted the bridges the night before on the satellite photos on Google Maps !
At this cache I collected the Travel Bug TB2RG03 – Dylan

October 25th 2009 – Motorway Mayhem M1 J35 GCTAV7 – Cache #171
Searching for a cache among the litter dumped by people on the side of the road is not too nice, still could be in the fly tipping mess (a couple of old TV’s, a sofa and a flat pack wardrobe) on the other side of the road, so maybe it wasn’t too bad

October 25th 2009 – Stop and Search Travel Bug Motel GC1YX9M – Cache #172
A Travel Bug motel is a special cache where you can swap TB’s. They are obviously quite large boxes to hold a number of TB’s. This one is hidden in the fork of a tree just by a spot you can park on a lane 500 yards from the A38
At this cache I collected the Travel Bug TB2AZV8 – Billy The Boar, and the Geocoin TB2HMF9 Dunk090’s Garmin Visit UK – London Eye Geocoin.
At this cache I dropped off the POODLES IN NEED ‘ Puppy’ Travel Bug.

October 25th 2009 – Motorway Mayhem M6 Toll – Toll View 9 GC1GM7N – Cache #173
October 25th 2009 – Motorway Mayhem M6 Toll – Toll View 6 GC1C263 – Cache #174
October 25th 2009 – Motorway Mayhem M6 Toll – Toll View 7 GC1GM7F – Cache #175

The M6 Toll road is not a very busy road… as the headline photo shows !
(taken at 11.30 on a Sunday morning – not a car in sight) This particular set of caches are all hidden in the crash barriers right next to the bridges over the Toll Road – and so I was zigazgging over the Motorway to grab the caches. (Couldn’t do Toll View 8 going south so I’ll have to save that for a northward journey)

October 25th 2009 – The Start Of The Path To Withy Wood GC1FC88 – Cache #176
This one is literally a couple of hundred yards from the Toll View 7 so I walked down to find it… it was the only 35mm film can I found all day ! (and it wasn’t even under a rock !)

October 25th 2009 – Motorway Mayhem M6 Toll – Toll View 5 GC1GM7E – Cache #177
October 25th 2009 – Motorway Mayhem M6 Toll – Toll View 4 GC1GM7B – Cache #178
October 25th 2009 – Motorway Mayhem M6 Toll – Toll View 3 GC1GM7A – Cache #179

I ran out of time after these last three, had to get back on my speedy way rather than stopping for any more caches, but then as I come down this way several times a year it’s good to save some caches for later !

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