MEGA EVENT CATALUNYA 2014
We spotted this event when it was published back in October last year, we'd been to the Costa Brava in the previous October of 2012 and the weather was just perfect for caching, warm, sunny and dry so we decided it would be a great idea to combine a trip to the mega event with a holiday to the area again - let the planning begin!
Over the months our plans fell into place then before we knew it we were on our flight to Barcelona. Last time we visited we did a short section of the CSJ series on foot, a lot of the caches are on really good tracks and suitable for bikes so we decided that if we ever came back go the area we'd hire bikes. Since our last trip to Spain we have bought folding bikes so we decided to take them with us. This proved a really great idea as it was so handy having them with us and we could keep them in the hire car. It was so much easier to get around on them than driving as parking was really tricky in Platja d'Aro and was obviously much quicker than walking.
We arrived at the Mega event before it opened and mingled and chatted with lots of cachers outside the venue as we all waited to go in. Once inside there were a selection of stalls where we made a few purchases, then we got chatting to lots of cachers and it was really good to meet and chat with Nate from Geocaching HQ (Jeremy Irish's brother).
We managed FTF on two of the lab caches and eventually found all 10 of them over the course of the weekend. There was only a very short timespan in which to log these caches which is a really good idea.
|Yes, we had to go in here for one of the answers to a Lab cache!|
After leaving the mega venue we whizzed back to our apartment for some lunch and to chill out before going off to play the three Wherigos, The Box, Places a PdA and The Challenge, they had been placed specially for the mega. Once again our bikes proved invaluable whizzing between the different zones.
Mega CITO '14 *
There were 2 CITOs organised for the mega weekend and the first one was in a great location on a wooded hill. There was a great viewpoint at the top of the hill, we made a detour for a couple of caches and then back to the start after an hour. We were amazed at the big pile of rubbish and black bags that had been collected. It was certainly a job well done.
Mega CITO '14 **
We arrived at GZ at the same time as Amaya Tom and Turner Tribe (aka La Lunatica) so we teamed up with them to pick up litter. We really enjoyed chatting and picking up litter as we went. There didn't seem to be as much litter as the previous CITO but after an hour we returned to the start co-ords with a full bag and there was an enormous pile of rubbish! I really love a good CITO, there's something really therapeutic about picking up litter.
Meet and Greet Event
We skipped our breakfast to attend this event then when we arrived at 8am there were only a handful of cachers which we thought was unusual, so we waited around for half an hour and eventually one of the organisers turned up and told us that the time had been changed to 9am as some cachers had complained that they would miss their breakfast!!! Lightweights We hadn't seen the notification for this. Luckily the event was at the same location as an earthcache and as it was Earthcache day we were able to claim one for the souvenir.
Mega Flash Mob
This was brilliant fun and not something that we've seen before. We all had to wear green T shirts and bring along a handkerchief. The idea being that everyone was to take part in a stop motion movie. It took a bit of time to sort everyone out into positions but it was really well organised and we chatted to other cachers from whilst we waited for the photos to be taken.
You can see the end result here.
On Monday we checked out of our accommodation and set off towards Manresa, stopping off to find a few Wherigos along the way.
|CSJ pilgrim route|
|Come on, it's only half a mile!|
|Are you sure it's this way?|
|Don't look down!|
|View from Montserrat cafe|
We enjoyed a chat, took a couple of group photos before going our separate ways - we were conscious of the time as we had to travel back to Platja as we were going back to our original accommodation to spend the last few days of our holiday - keep up! Now, quite often when Mark is trying to convince me that something is a good idea he will bend the truth, I distinctly remember asking him how far it was going to be to travel to Andorra and I distinctly remember him saying 'oh not long, a couple of hours at the most'. Well we put Platja d'Aro into the satnav and I thought my eyes were deceiving me as it said 4½ hours! 160 miles which included over 100 miles of hairpin bends and mountain roads in the dark - it was hard going to say the least. Eventually we made it back to our apartment in Platja d'Aro where we spent the next couple of days relaxing before checking out and heading to Barcelona.
Calella to do a wherigo, then continued on to the next Wherigo in Arenys de Mar.
So we then headed off to do to the Barcelona virtual - we have been really looking forward to doing this virtual as it has been on our to-do list for a very long time.
We were worried we hadn't left enough time for it as there was a long queue of slow traffic going up the hill. We had to wait for a while to find a parking space and eventually we got in and parked. Fantastic views from the top, well worth a visit.
El tesoro del gran brujo - this was a really enjoyable walk and rounded off our day nicely before heading to the airport.
A very memorable trip - we met so many lovely people and visited some fantastic places.