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Monday, 7 July 2014

Wet wet wet

The first circuit I did today was "Thornhaugh and back". I've already done ten of these, so there were only 36 to do, but I did some extras along the way.

I got back to the car at about 3:30, had my sandwich, drank my coffee, and, refreshed, got back on the bike to do a few more that were on the road. But then I followed the trail of caches to do "Old Sulehay and back".

That took me to an old quarry, and I got rather lost here. To do one of the aches, I abandoned the bike and set off across the nap of the land - meaning some very up-and-down terrain. Then after I'd finished the caches in the old quarry, I got hopelessly lost finding my way out, and went all round the place before I emerged onto a road.

While I was doing the last but two, a thunderstorm started, and (using the usual technique) I noticed it was only about a mile away. That made me nervous about taking shelter under trees, and anyway, trees leak. As soon as their leaves are all wet, they drip on you at about the same rate as the rainfall.

So I completed that cache, which involved a bit of tree climbing, then went on to the last but one, and on the way there, I got completely drenched. Worse, so did my PDA, and it refused to function. So I fell back on my iPhone 4 (inherited from ladysolly) which can be used for caching (unlike the iPhone 3, which can't). Then I moved on to the last cache, also done with the iPhone, then back to the car.

I was soaked from head to toe, but at this time of year, that's not too awful, it being fairly warm.

The new bike prop stand works a lot better than the one that came with the bike, mostly because it's adjustable. I'll go on using it for a while, and if it doesn't reveal any big drawbacks, I'll fit on to all the bikes.

69 caches done today, no DNFs.

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