On Saturday our destination for caching was the Derby area. The day was planned in two halves – first we’d try the caches along the Trent and Mersey canal from Willington to Stenson and then we’d go off and try and find the “A is for”, “B is for” etc etc series from JustAlan.
On the way we stopped off to find the A38/A50 Services drive-by and then did a few of the canal caches that were on a nearby road. We parked up and set off along the towpath on our bikes. The hedge was hawthorn all along the canal and it had been recently cut so we were hoping not to get punctures.
After the first few caches, sure enough, Isaac got a puncture :-(. We set off back to the Jeep with me carrying Isaac’s bike and Isaac pushing mine. All too soon I also had a puncture on my bike as well. Isaac insists it was my riding that got it but I’m not so sure ;-).
The rest of the caches were quick(ish) finds, with a little too much ivy involved for my liking on a few. One of the caches was a Large sized one, which is always good to see.
We then set off to find the Puzzle Caches…
All the puzzles were really easy to solve and all locations turned out to be drive-by’s or cache and dashes. Not too bad – all I need do is find a good route round them in an area I’ve never been to before.
We did not have any problems with these caches except for one which was hidden on a Bridleway sign that had since fallen over. We could not spot the cache anywhere, but it turns out the owner subsequently found it in nearby ivy, where it had rolled off to.
We finished our planned caches early and had an hour to kill before needing to head home so we stopped in Burton on the way back to try and grab a few caches there. Two nice easy finds ensued so we thought we’d try one last cache – mistake!
The “last cache” turned out to be a nano in a busy area without a hint. What fun – not! Needless to say it had a string of DNF’s on it and despite us having a very good look around for it, we could not find it. The item in the spoiler picture on the cache page is no longer there either.
35 finds for the day and some good fun along the way.