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Caches No’s 4069 to 4075 – The Two Mega Weekend

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Caches No’s 4069 to 4075 – The Two Mega Weekend

Piratemania is held every year on the weekend before the UKMega, Geolympix has only been held once before – in 2012, the previous Summer Olympic year. Last time they clashed by both being held on the same day, this year they were held on consecutive days, so there were a number of people (like me) who went to both…

There were those who then went straight on to North Wales for the mega week I went home for a couple of days, though in 2017 as part of the Yorkshire Mega Committee I will have to go to Piratemania and then straight on to every day of the Mega in Devon

30th July 2016 – Piratemania 9 GC68Q7V – cache #4069
Got up at 5am, drove 3 hours to Shrewsbury, spent all day inside the marquee letting everyone know about the 2018 UK Mega in Yorkshire and then left there at 7pm for another 3 hour drive down to Berkhamstead… Great day !

31st July 2016 – GEOLYMPIX: ASHRIDGE 2016 GC5XXYY – cache #4070
Second Mega of the weekend for me (and many others) at ‘Geolympix’ held in the Ashridge Estate
As part of the 10th Anniversary UK Mega – Yorkshire 2018 organising committee I spent most of the day behind our stand letting everyone know about our upcoming event.
But I did get get chance to go out and do a few local caches as well

31st July 2016 – Tim & Jon’s 1st Re-Stashed (UK’s 3rd oldest/Eng’2) GC177 – cache #4071
It would be rude to be at Ashridge and not go and find these old caches…even if ‘finding’ did mean getting it handed to you by the previous finder and ‘replacing’ it meant handing it on to the next !

31st July 2016 – Tim’s No 2 – The Second Attempt GC18BC – cache #4072
Okay so I was part of the large mob that ‘found’ the cache – it was more like a Police missing persons search where the entire area is scanned metre by metre by a horde of volunteers… but the cache was found and signed… and a ‘throw-down’ was discovered and removed

31st July 2016 – Britain’s Oldest Log GC5XXWX – cache #4073
Intrigued by the name of this cache (I like all the old history of caching) I set off to find this cache with CoinKezza, Hedgehog Mum and EavesClan… no good GPS signal under the tree canopy so we just searched everywhere until we found it
(the name relates to the fact that although the Coombe Hill cache was placed first, the ‘Tim & Jon’s 1st’ cache was found first hence has the oldest log… I also happen to know that the CO of Geolympix spent a night clicking new cache creation pages to try and get GC5XXXX for Geolympix and so had a lot of cache numbers to use up – hence this fairly uninteresting cache !)

31st July 2016 – QS2:The One Past the Scary Trees. Quality Sweets 2 GC6KA8E – cache #4074
Walking back to the Mega site from the last cache we picked this one up on the way past (‘we’ being CoinKezza, Hedgehog Mum and Kev of the Eaves Clan)

31st July 2016 – What Will You Feel? (FTFrenzy 2 – Geolympix) GC5WWYF – cache #4075
The Earth Cache for Geolympix was set around the Bridgewater Monument in the Ashridge Estate… a monument that shows a family feud as it was built well away from the main house so it couldn’t be seen from the house as the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater’s Mother didn’t want to be reminded of her ‘Infernal Son’ (not sure why, he was one of the most succesful and wealthy people in the country)
Unfortunately it was too late in the day to go up the monument so I couldn’t answer the supplementary question about what you could see from the top

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