Dan Q found GC4HW6W HR5 – Vandervalk

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Robin’s first experience of a container like this one (combined with my GPSr, which for a little while couldn’t decide which side of the road we belonged on) slowed him down here: I found the cache quickly but let him find it for himself with as few clues as I could bare to provide. Log in spectacularly-good condition, but a little challenging to retreive without the preferred tool to-hand (I’d not brought out my usual geokit bag). TFTC.

Map of 50.123583,-5.406167

Dan Q found GC43B2Z HR6 – Vamoose

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Despite having used the facilities in the pub we’d just left, Robin had needed to stop and relieve himself no less than twice during this stretch of the journey: somehow the three pints he’d enjoyed at The Packet had gone right through him. Meanwhile, I powered ahead for this, another quick find.

Despite the warnings in the cache description, we found the path here to be less wet than we had in the vicinity of GC1EA55, earlier: now that had gotten swampy underfoot!

Map of 50.120833,-5.408433

Dan Q found GC59ZR1 HR7a – Been Here Before

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The “ghost pub” Robin and I had sought (see my log on GC4HW7M) had turned out to be The Packet, not “The Track” as Robin has mis-remembered during his Challenge Robin adventure yesterday. After a delightful couple of pints and a roast beef lunch, we plodded on to this cache. We skipped HR9 and HR8 (although we almost didn’t, thanks to a wrong turn!) and found this one instantly: my geo-sense tingled at just the right moment.

Now we were on the way home, working our way up a damp path to the North once more.

Map of 50.1168,-5.409417

Dan Q found GC4K1Y7 HR19 – Stepping Towards Home

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Robin and I spent far too long examining the exact place where we’d (correctly) figured the cache to be before, in frustration, examining the recent log entries. One encouraged us to trust the coordinates, and these seemed pretty solid, so we redoubled our efforts and soon Robin had the cache in his hand: not what I was expecting at all from the description nor hint! Good hiding place. TFTC.

Map of 50.126267,-5.415017

Dan Q found GC4HW7M HR10 – Hedge Your Bets

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Skipping HR18 through HR11, we powered on down Packet Lane. Robin had come up this way yesterday – in the opposite direction – while navigating a (deliberately cryptic) map as part of the final leg of his Challenge Robin adventure, and insisted that there’d been a pub down here somewhere where he was suggesting that we stop for a pint and, perhaps, lunch. I was skeptical: I’d been monitoring his progress using The Gadget, a remote GPS-tracker I’d kitted him out with for his adventure, and from the route it’d looked like he’d taken from the (admittedly shonky) data I’d collected, I couldn’t see a pub that matched his description: he claimed it was called “The Track”, but that definitely didn’t fit.

As we made our way to this cache I continued to mock him for having found a “ghost pub” during his adventure. This was an easy find, so we signed the log and continued on our way to find this “ghost pub” (perhaps, Robin joked, they’d have a great selection of spirits…).

Map of 50.122083,-5.416483

Dan Q posted a note for GC396GZ No sarky comments please.

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Following yesterday’s Challenge Robin adventure during which I sent my partner’s brother on an extended treasure trail covering London and Penzance, we decided to have a more-relaxed day today with a gentle hike to a few geocaches (and with a pub lunch in the middle).

We didn’t have any intention of hunting for this cache, but as we passed from the remaining Baloo series to the HR caches my GPSr pinged to let me know about the proximity of this one. We were just starting to look at the clue and working out whether we could have made an attempt to solve it “in the field” when the CO happened to pass by and told us that we couldn’t: this was a puzzle to tackle back indoors. (Having come home and looked more-closely at it, I disagree: I could have gotten what I suspect is all the information I need to solve it from in the field, but most ‘cachers probably don’t carry the necessary equipment with them when they’re out and about so CO’s guidance probably still stands.) Nonetheless, we carried on with our walk and it’s only as I write this, later, that I take a cursory look at what it’d have taken to try my luck while out-and-about.

Robin and I aren’t around for much longer on this holiday, so there might not be the opportunity to solve and find this one this time around, but it’ll make the list for if I come back.

Map of 50.128667,-5.412

Dan Q found GC4HW8D HR20 – Big Histo Pot

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Not ones to be told which way to walk, we took on the HRx series only partially. And in reverse order. This mostly proved okay, except when having to remember to translate hints that said things like “right” or “left” in them by remembering that we “should” have been coming from the other direction. This first cache in our run of the series (our fourth of the day) was a quick and easy find.

Map of 50.12805,-5.414217

Dan Q found GC25CP6 Baloo’s Run – 1. Chickens

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Following yesterday’s Challenge Robin adventure during which I sent my partner’s brother on an extended treasure trail covering London and Penzance, we decided to have a more-relaxed day today with a gentle hike to a few geocaches (and with a pub lunch in the middle).

This was the second cache of our journey. After the hill from GC1EA55 we were glad of the opportunity to stop and take a break and look for this cache. The container is rather waterlogged, although the logbook is still holding up just-about. We tried to dry it out as best we could, but it’s a losing battle right now. TFTC!

Map of 50.12795,-5.402533

Dan Q found GC1EA55 Halamanning Engine House

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Following yesterday’s Challenge Robin adventure during which I sent my partner’s brother on an extended treasure trail covering London and Penzance, we decided to have a more-relaxed day today with a gentle hike to a few geocaches (and with a pub lunch in the middle).

Ruin of Halamanning Engine House

This was the first of the caches we found as we made our way down from the River Valley Caravan Park where we’d been staying and hacked our way through the damp paths to this GZ. What a remarkable ruin – one of several like it, our subsequent explorations showed, but still quite remarkable how well-concealed and overgrown it is. A beautiful spot, and well-worth the journey. FP awarded; TFTC

Map of 50.133417,-5.3985

Dan Q found GC6X48G ALMOST AN ATLANTIC VIEW 10 : TREVEAN COVE

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Another quick find, once I’d plotted a route around the numerous thorny bushes between me abs the GZ! Lovely location. Cache a little challenging to extract from its hiding place, but I got there in the end!

Time to get in and dry, I think.

Map of 50.109467,-5.435617

Dan Q found GC6VW0J Church Micro 10073…Penzance -St John the Baptist

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Coordinates weren’t playing ball but the hint quickly set me straight. Cache a little wet but water-resistant logbook (good choice, CO!) holding up nicely. Surprising to find such a grand church hidden amongst such a warren of winding roads! TFTC.

Map of 50.12375,-5.53565

Dan Q found GC6X492 ALMOST AN ATLANTIC VIEW 11 : TREBARVAH CLIFF

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A quick find while killing time between my duties as a #challengerobin controller. Love this coastline, although the approaching rainclouds are a little intimidating.

Remains of what looks like a hook mechanism are hanging loose above where I found the cache; might have fallen at some point?

Map of 50.111617,-5.43975