Unfortunately this was not £s. It was MUs in the Ingress game I am playing. I have now built a field with a coverage of 1,150,545 mind units. This, in a single field, brought my total up to 2,801,423.
A few days ago I was invited by John Duffey to join a team that was planning to build a large Ingress field, large by my standards anyway, in fact very large by my standards. Thursday night was chosen as the time to try and create the links and fields. Before the links could be thrown there was some tidying up that needed doing. On the night the main problems left in “my area” were links from Scotch Corner and Barnard Castle heading south to around Harrogate. However Jonathan was on the team. He is based in Harrogate and was happy to take the links out on his way to Hawes.
Hopefully others will be writing a bit about their adventures at their end; this is my story from the Hawes end.
Knowing that Jonathan was going up the A1 I decided to stay to the West. After dinner I set off towards Skipton keeping half an eye on the hangout messages in case I needed to make a detour to clear away new links. Nothing was reported. Heading north from Skipton I kept losing signal but still nothing was reported.
Road and bridge works in Buckden forced a diversion down a narrow road east of the village but did not add too much to the journey time. At one point I did wonder what kind of road was ahead of me when the sat nav was saying 22 miles left with a journey time of 50 minutes.
The river Wharfe is a bit smaller here than it is around Otley.
Macros sent a message saying he was in the curry house next to The Crown pub in Hawes. I drove past the B&B where his bike was parked and pulled up quite close to The Crown. We had a bit of a natter while he ate his curry. We had only just got outside when Jonathan walked up and asked me if I knew where The Crown was. He looked a bit surprised when I told him the people he wanted to meet had left the curry house. I guess it is a bit difficult to recognise me from my image in Google+.
We then went to Jonathan’s car that was near the Post Office and tried to drop and pick up the required keys. This was not easy because of the poor signal.
Then the worst was reported on the hangout. A link had appeared joining Darlington and Oxenholme. A look at the map showed that Oxenholme was closer to Hawes than Darlington so Macros went back to his hotel to put his riding gear on. In the meantime a frantic effort was going on to find someone closer and Mark Bayles saved the day. Fortunately we were also able to get to Macros’s hotel before he had set off.
We went back to near Jonathan’s and with the Post Office and Spring Gathering portals populated we waited for the intel guys to tell us to throw the links. Gradually the links were thrown. We had a little wait while one of the remote portals was fully populated and a bit of a worry when we switched to create links from the Post Office, neither Macros nor Jonathan could throw links to Farne or Flamborough. I then spotted that in the excitement of getting ready to get off to Oxenholme Macros had not deployed on the portal. It was fully populated by Jonathan and myself but needed an 8 and a 7 from Macros to give us the range.
Macros was quite excited, as well he might be, he had put in a fantastic amount of work and covered many miles as well as doing a lot of the organising.
We did a bit of manly back-slapping until Macros mentioned that the bright speckles on his jacket that were showing up in the photo were fly carcases. You can see them on the sleeve of his jacket.
And this is what it was all about –
Five fields covering Hawes to Flamborough to Farne, but it is also great to meet up with other agents and share in the excitement.
So this is an snip of my fielding statistics. I can now join the million club.
I am sure I will miss someone out but others involved that I have not already mentioned were Ian, Aaron, Simon, Michael, Mark, Neil and Peter.
And here’s a couple of photos that Macros took.