April Fools Day Magical Mystery Tour

1 04 2013

I blame it all on SR88 but he’s not to know it. During the Earth hour event on the 23rd March I was talking to SR88 and Jetoma among others and they told me about the caching trip that they had made to Uppsala and a couple of really great caches that were worth visiting. Of course, with it being these two guys, aided and abetted by Jaol84, I knew that they weren’t talking about D1/T1 caches, oh no!

We were talking about:
On the mountain
Brutal Betong Extreme
XMAS2012U – 23 Julfirandet

As the rest of our little group were there as well – Slas, Madchicken72 and Ironhawk67 we decided to visit Uppsala on Easter Monday which just happened to be April Fools Day. We needed a name for the Team so taking the initials from our nicks in alaphabetical order gave us Team DIMS. I don’t know exactly what there is about the name but it doesn’t sound quite right. 🙂

Anyway, as is our want we met outside Slas’ place where he had encouraged !mrc! to join in the fun. So off we went south towards Uppsala. I had read about an interesting cache called Not for cowards in Husby. As it was only a few kilometers off the E4 we made the detour where stage 1 went like a dance, even if we had no idea what we were supposed to make of the clues we obtained. Mulling over the information since then has given a couple of leads but if you are reading this vw bus a hint would be fine, thank you.

The tour then continued on down the E4 and then in a big loop through Storvreta and onto back roads crossing road 288 near Rimbo and on to the “X” series of mystery caches placed by Team Ese. All but Mönster which seems to be a mystery where luck seems to play a large part of the solution were solved and found.

We had previously had great fun in the “pheasant farm” but afterwards I was a bit dubious about letting Madchicken72 and Ironhawk67 back into the car as they were cackling and smelt like their relatives after roosting in the loft of the farm for a while. I suspect that they picked up avian influensa as their behaviour after the visit changed considerably.

Our first stop in Uppsala took us to what looked like the site of the next episode of “Arga snickare”. I just can’t believe that anyone could start a renovation project on a house like this.

House for sale in need of renovation

House for sale in need of renovation

Not my idea of a dream kitchen

Not my idea of a dream kitchen

The day progressed well and we picked up another handful of mystery caches and a couple of challenges before eating a huge pizza or kebab in the exotic location of Gottsunda where we felt we were in another country. It was a slight tactical mistake as we then continued on over to the south west of Uppsala where Slas and I spent a fun hour abseilling down the “Preachers chair” known to geocachers as XMAS2012U – 23 Julfirandet

Our target for the day was the cache On the mountain which we decided to do after dark, not that it really makes a difference as it is dark underground all the time. To pass the time we hunted down a few traditional caches with high favourite points that included Baksidan, Dirty Dancing and XMAS2011U 14 Rörigt.

So what is so special about “On the mountain”? Well firstly the mystery itself is diabolical and demanded many hours of researching and the frustrating use of tools that crashed except if used with Windows 7. I won’t say any more, but I really enjoyed some of the side tracks that I ended up on. The cache itself was located underground and I love old cold war installations in Sweden, of which there are hundreds all over the country. Most are now being filled in so it’s a case of getting to them before they disappear.

In this case it seems that we were in a storage facility for the Swedish Government’s archive, or perhaps one of them. Who knows! Obviously it was empty and in the process of being decomissioned but was a great playgrond for the cache.

I would have loved to see what was on the other side

I would have loved to see what was on the other side

In god condition

In good condition

Keys needed to operate

Keys needed to operate

We didn't hear anything but the Tannoys were huge

We didn’t hear anything but the Tannoys were huge

Plenty of little dors to open

Plenty of little dors to open

To end the day we decided to visit Imse vimse spindell. Ironhawk67 wanted us to get there on road 288 but Madchiecken72 wanted us to take the Google route otherwise known as “how the crows flies” (another relative). We parked our cars in the middle of the field we ended up in and walked the rest of the way to the cache.

A great way to end the day wich resulted in finding 5 traditionals and twenty two mysterys. I was most pleased with finding XMAS2011U – 23 Julfirandet as it filled in an empty cell in the D/T matrix, so I now only have three emty cells to fill and it doesn’t seem impossible any longer. Maybe this will be the year I will do it.

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