On Saturday 1st March we headed off on a coach trip to Chichester organised by geocachers Hollyncharlie. We attend wonderful bi-monthly events in our region called the “Essex/Suffolk BorderCache and Piffle” meets and the trip was arranged associated with the meets. So at 7am all 49 of us geocachers departed from Essex and headed down to Sussex. The main focus of our trip was Church Micro 5000 which had quite recently been placed at the magnificent Chichester Cathedral. A nice, and slightly rare requirement of this particular church micro multicache was that you had to go inside the cathedral to collect the clues to find the final.
As soon as we arrived we headed inside and we were all bowled over by the size of it. Beautiful stained glass windows lined the walls. There were tombs, sculptures, and paintings covering the entire inside. So much to see. Whilst Andy researched the clues with some other cachers I was busy taking photographs of the cathedral.
After finding all of the clues most of the cachers headed off to find the church micro. Not us though. We teamed up with BigBadJohn1402, Tazzy1234, Blessed&Loved and Squirtchy to find a cache in an underground bunker, Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hitler. The problem with this was that the cache was 6 miles away. So we hopped on a bus with the plan that it would drop us about 100m from the bunker… but it ended up dropping us 1.5 miles away! Lol! Nevermind, it was a lovely day for a walk and it would be a quick find once we got there… Ah. Another plan that didn’t go quite as we had expected!!!
The entrance to the bunker wasn’t at the coordinates we thought and after about half an hour of us searching all around the area we were still no closer to finding the cache. So I grabbed Andy’s phone which despite being in a woods had fabulous signal and did some internet research to get a better idea of where the entrance was. So off I trundled with Squirtchy. Still no luck! 😦 We headed back and all met up with the plan to all head to this newly researched location and split up with the hope to find it. I then noticed that Andy was missing and I had his phone! Eek! I shouted and shouted, but got no reply. I was a little worried, but we headed towards the suspected location hoping to see him somewhere. Suddenly we heard a call “I think I’ve found it!”. We all rushed over to Andy and he had indeed found the entrance to the bunker, not quite what we had expected!!!
We moved the sticks out of the way and clambered down into the bunker. Not the usual ROC post that we are used to climbing a nice ladder into! The entrance had fallen in a bit over time but with a bit of careful maneuvering we made it. The buker was only small and it was a quick find in the end (As planned ;)). What an adventure though. After about an hour of searching we had finally found it and Andy was our hero for actually finding the entrance over 0.1 miles from where we expected it to be.
When we finally made it back into Chichester we dashed around picking up a couple of urban hides and then headed to the final for the Chichester Cathedral Church Micro 5000 cache. This was quite a special find for us as we had planned it so that it was our 500th Church Micro find making us “Bishops” in the church micro statistics!
It was then time for a mad dash back to the cathedral where we met up with all of the others on our coach trip for the Essex/Suffolk BorderFlash & Piffle #1 event. It was a flash mob with the idea that at 3:15pm we would all assemble at the cathedral and point to the point!!!
Hehe, I think we must have confused a few muggles!
It was a great day out and I think we can honestly say our day was a lot different to that of the other cachers who came along on the coach!!! 😀