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On the way round the Shifnal series by bike

On the way round the Shifnal series by bike

On Saturday myself and Isaac decided to head for the By Ecc, An Event! event cache at Copmere, close to Eccleshall. We’d heard there would be 28 caches put out for the event, so just had to find some caches to do in the morning before the event.

A new series just to the SW of Shifnal that had come out during the week looked perfect. Even better, just about the whole route was bikeable! We picked a parking spot by cache #8 and got the bikes out. A great ride round the series and all nice quick finds with good co-ords. On the way round, we caught up with g6lpb (Bob) – great to meet you!

We still had a bit of time before the event started, so we picked off three new caches that had been added to the Lapley Loop on the way.

Once at the event, the caches had already been released and g6lpb, -Ako-, hardy clan and langcliffe45 were hanging back to do the walk with us. Perfect!

With the bonus cache on the new EeeByEck event series

With the bonus cache on the new EeeByEck event series

We had a great walk round the caches in really good company. Most were quick finds, but a few were a bit trickier, but not too tricky.

Back at the event, quite a few people had already gone home as it was about 5:30pm but lots of friends were still there so we enjoyed a good natter with everyone.

On the way home we diverted off to get the last event cache, which was a Multi not too far from the pub. As we pulled up we spotted The Washers, Tizzie and The Haywood Hornet looking for stage 1. We all joined forces and the cache was soon found.

56 finds for the day, perfect caching weather, good caches, a great bike ride, a fab walk and above all great company of other cachers. What a good day out.

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Views over Cop Mere from stage 2 of the Multi

Views over Cop Mere from stage 2 of the Multi

This morning, unbeknown to me, the final 4 caches in the series we did the other day came out. I was meanwhile fast asleep and so the first I knew about it was when Allun from the Shropshire Seekers came round to see if I wanted to go out for FTF’s.

We arranged to meet up near the first cache in an hour, to give me time to get ready, get the GPSr loaded etc etc. Shortly later, we met up and headed off over a field for the short walk to the first of the caches. This was a nice quick find as we could just about see the cache container in it’s hidey hole as we walked up.

The next cache was a Multi, with two virtual stages leading to a final box. Nothing too tricky here and the stages were very close to each other so we soon had the cache in hand. The view over the Mere from stage 2 was fabulous though and well worth doing a Multi for (we’re not great fans of Multi’s and usually just ignore them).

The final two caches were both Puzzle cache types, but only so because you have to collect part co-ords from earlier caches in the series. Both were quick finds and the last and final one in the series in particular was in a really lovely spot.

That’s 4 FTF’s for the morning and a really good series finished.

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Lovely Johnson Hall, which we went past on the walk

Lovely Johnson Hall, which we went past on the walk

Yesterday morning I was in the office when 14 new caches came out just to the south of Eccleshall – well, when I say 14 new caches I really mean 13 traditional caches with a bonus cache :-).

I was too busy to dash out there and then but texted Allun from the Shropshire Seekers about them anyway. He was in Birmingham but on hearing there were so many new caches out he decided to wrap up what he was doing and head home. We thus arranged to meet up a bit later for a joint assault on the caches.

Going past some curious sheep

Going past some curious sheep

While I was waiting I spotted one of the caches had a mistake in the co-ords so let the cache owner know about it. They emailed back and mentioned another cacher had already started on the series, so we were not hopeful for any FTF’s when we did them.

We set off on the first part of the walk down a quiet lane and sure enough, we’d missed FTF on all of the caches. Once we left the lane and set off over the fields it was a different story and we were treated to quite a few FTF’s. We assumed the other FTF cacher must have just picked off the quick drive-by’s in their lunch hour or something.

Beautiful hidden pond very close to one of the caches

Beautiful hidden pond very close to one of the caches

All the caches were quick finds and the walk was really nice – an area I’ve driven past tons of times but never stopped to explore until today. The last cache before the bonus had been muggled by some cows who obviously shelter from the rain under the tree the cache was hidden by. Luckily we spotted the cache out in the open a short distance from the tree, so had to hide it slightly differently to keep it away from the cows again. We’ve emailed the cache owner with the details.

As we were approaching the Jeep we spotted another car parked right by it and wondered if it was another cacher. Sure enough, as we got closer, Mark from cannonedwards got out for a chat. He’d spotted the Jeep as he was passing and then had spotted us walking back over the field. Great to meet you again Mark :-).

One of the cow mugglers - they were using the wood in the picture (where the cache was hidden) as a scratching post, thus dislodging the cache

One of the cow mugglers - they were using the wood in the picture (where the cache was hidden) as a scratching post, thus dislodging the cache

Once we’d gone on our respective ways, myself and Allun wandered off to find the bonus cache, which was also a nice quick find.

A fun couple of hours out and 14 caches bagged in total. There are another 4 caches in the series yet to be published so we’re looking forward to them when they come out.

Here is the route we took on Everytrail.

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