Thursday 9 July 2015

Ridgeway run

I went west to Swindon to trundle round the Ridgeway. But before I left, I had a look at the Jellyfish cache. This is a Google Maps satellite shot of a crop circle that looks a bit like a jellyfish. I first had to find where that crop circle was (I used a combination of Google search and Google maps). Then I had to project a bearing, which took me to a place where I could get some numbers that let me calculate where the cache was.

But even before I worked out the location, I had made a guess about where it would be, so instead of climbing up a hill to get to it, I got to it as part of my circuit of the White Horse Trail, which meant that I could do it on the bike. When I got there, I had to search for quite a while to find it, but since I'd already gone to all that trouble, I was pretty determined.


The track I biked over to get to it was very rough, and halfway back to the WHT route, I heard a "CRACK" from the bike. I stopped, and examined it carefully, and the rear suspension spring had broken. After a bit of thought, and after bouncing up and down on it to test it, I decided that it would be safe to carr y on biking. And I was right, it didn't let me down for the rest of the day. But I'll have to replace that spring.

Later on, I did Wayland's Smithy, which is a long barrow.

This is a puzzle cache. I could see what I had to do, but it took me a few tries before I got the numbers right.

When I got back to the car, it wouldn't start, it reported "Smart key not present", which is bullshit because I'd just used it to open the door. So I locked and unlocked the door, and then it worked. So there.

43 caches done today.


  1. Oh My Gosh! Was that Froggy? If I were you I would take it straight back!!
    That's like buying S & S International Antivirus kit and finding an itsy witsy little worm gets through!!

  2. You really do short change COs, don't you? Your "account of the day", the main event of which was the excellent 31 cache Uffington White Horse Trail, is totally lacking in any mention of the series at all, other than the fact that you apparently graced it with your presence. It makes me wonder why COs bother, if they get no thanks at all for providing such splendid walks as this one.