The Rasbo Circle

6 05 2015

I’m not sure when the idea turned up but an agreement was formed with a little group of geocachers to make a day trip to Uppsala with one goal in mind. Have FUN. Well actually it was also to Find 50 Mystery caches in a day. So who was this little group and which mysts are we talking about?

On a few previous occasions Ironhawk67, MadChicken and Slas together with me, ds8300, have made geocaching day trips to Uppsala, Sundsvall and other places in Sweden not too far away from our home base in Gävle. By taking the first initial of our geocaching nicknames in alphabetic order we were able to form “Team DIMS”. Maybe not the most flattering of names for the team but our combined brain power and strength is legend on the geocaching scene. Ahem.

So, a couple of weeks before the trip there was a lot of mental activity in four corners of Gävle and it was only when a couple of days remained that we started to share hints if they were needed. We try to solve our “own” mysts as far as possible which I think is fair. I know there are many geocachers who hang along with others who have solved the problems so that they can sign the log and get a smiley. We are all different in how we value our game.

After a couple of days of rain the sun broke out and we had great weather all day on your trip. We left Gävle at 8 am and arrived at The Rasbo Circle (Rasbo Ringen) which is a series of about 50 mysts to the North East of Uppsala.

This is what we started off the day with. Just a few finds in the centre of the Rasbo area.

This is what we started off the day with. Just a few finds in the centre of the Rasbo area.

As you can see there are a few smilies in the centre of the circle and these are caches that Team DIMS found on an earlier trip to the area. We reached the first cache Mikael just after 9 am. Our intention was to follow the circle in an anticlockwise direction and thus end up at Challenge – 50 Mystery på ett dygn. By 10 am we were at Staves på Kreta and were up to 21 finds which meant an average drive and find time of three minutes per cache. Nice going!

A find on Rasbo Ringen.

A find on Rasbo Ringen.

A find on Rasbo Ringen. Quite a few were located "above snow level"

A find on Rasbo Ringen. Quite a few were located “above snow level”

A find on Rasbo Ringen.

A find on Rasbo Ringen.

We continued along in this manner for another hour and decided that we needed to have a “fika”. We found a suitable place to park near Den gömda koordinaten by which time it was 11:08. Perfect.

Yes, we are still friends. This was the only seat we could find.

Yes, we are still friends. This was the only seat we could find.

We noted that this was our 41st find in two hours so we were still averaging a find every three minutes. Of course, having a twenty minute coffee break killed our average find rate after that. Most of the caches were micros or small but we did find a couple of interesting constructions. You can see a couple in the photos.

A somewhat different find on Rasbo Ringen.

A somewhat different find on Rasbo Ringen.

What have you got there Peter?

What have you got there Peter?

When we got to the top of the circle we made a detour down into the centre to grab some of the caches that had been released during an event in Rasbo 2012. Here we found a large traditional cache that needs maintenance.

A large cache in need of maintenance

A large cache in need of maintenance

A find in the center of Rasbo Ringen.

A find in the center of Rasbo Ringen.

It would be good to keep this one alive as large tradtional caches are not so common. Additionally, we found a fun multi close by and a couple of other traditionals and a field puzzle.

Our trip continued back out to the periphery of the circle and on to the final cache which was the challenge cache. There were a couple of DNF’s (Did Not Find) on the lower stretch of the circle due to road widening activities that had wiped out the caches and a third DNF as none of us were able to find the final X in the myst Var är X:en

This is what the map looked like at the end of the day.

This is what the map looked like at the end of the day.

Once we had finished the circle, 4 hours 45 minutes later, we headed into Uppsala for food and a quick stop to grab a couple of caches with many favourite points, namely Kvarngärdets Värmeverk and The Monark´s Right Hand. The former had 46 FP’s and the latter 400 FP’s! It’s tempting to post a spoiler picture but I won’t as it’s a really fun cache and a little lateral thinking is needed.

There are many caches in Uppsala but we decided to pay a visit to Gamla Uppsala. My last visit was in 2003 when I found 3 Kings Tombs. A couple in the team had never visited Gamla Uppsala before so they got the chance for some cultural exchange. We were disappointed that Ledtråd 4 had been temporarily disabled due to the nearby May 1st bonfire and couldn’t find the cache despite following the line generated by finding the other three clues.

Burial mounds and 10th century church at Gamla Uppsala

Burial mounds and 10th century church at Gamla Uppsala

Unusual flowers on the burial mounds at  Gamla Uppsala

Unusual flowers on the burial mounds at Gamla Uppsala

I collected a few TB’s and a geocoin during the day that I dropped off at the event Travel Bug Event held on May 5 in Gävle. Olleoljud and Dreamdharma were collecting TB’s to take with them to Italy on May 8.

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