GW7 – the Long Drive home

As GW7 itself wound down on Saturday and we limped back to the Arrolet B&B (good job Knight Who Says Ni) , pbump wisely pointed out that if planned properly and executed well, we could manage to cache in a grand total of 8 states on this trip. Before you ask I’ll lay it out for you – WV, OH, KY, TN, VA, NC, AL and GA.

After saying goodbye to our fellow cachers who were staying at the inn (The Crows & dontworknomore) we piled in the little car and headed out in search of film cannisters, match holders, ammo cans, tupperware, bison tubes and key holders. Let the fun begin! With the tablet running DeLorme Street Atlas, Mrs. Pbump’s Colorado & my 60CSx running Mapsource we were prepared. Yes, yes we were. Take that world!

And despite all of that, we still made tons of planned and unplanned, wheel screeching gravel spewing stops. Because caches are suddenly “Hey back there!” much faster when you’re driving than when you’re walking. Thankfully I’d packed dramamine. Because if  I’m going to navigate from the back seat, it’s best I’m not barfing all over the computer.  Getting tangled in the cords, yes. Barfing, no.

Since about 3/4 of the folks who had attended GW7 pretty much had the same idea as we did (fill in those maps people, fill them in) it was not unusal to pull up to a cache only to have another car come careening into the spot beside you. It’s scary when it’s a big vehicle. And your still not sure if you’re in Kentucky or Tennessee or why there was a sign about Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

In one instance we even had help from one of the cache owners who ended up having to call the other cache owner to help us out. Despite the fact that she’d just been out in the driving rain the previous night to help some other cachers. Now THAT is a well hidden cache.

We did some needless stair climbing at one point and took many slight detours to find some cool spots. i don’t think we did an unnecessary bushwhack which greatly saddened me as most of you may know. In fact, I didn’t have much opportunity to even try to follow the arrow because since I was deep in road navigation mode, Knight Who Says Ni was tasked wtih being in charge of the 60CSx (her blue garmin not having a USB port for us to load coords)

it was an awesome day of caching until we hit that wall of tired. You know the one where you know there are more caches to be found because you can see all the taunting little green pins on the map, but you just can’t work up enough strength to care. That’s where we were. (and we were hungry too.) 

We staggered into a randomly selected hotel and asked the rather odd man behind the counter if there were any vacancies. Seriously, even though I asked if he had any rooms with 2 doubles and pbump asked for a king size, weird guy (who was sporting some very 19th century hair and facial hair, but odd pointy Dracula like fingernails – was he a Civil War reinactor with a fantasy twist? Confused. ) looked at the 3 of us and could not figure out who was with who (Mrs. pbump having stayed in the car). Oh boy.

No rest for the wicked, tomorrow starts early. We have a lot of miles to go my friends! A lot! (Which is why my refrain from this trip thus far has been, “Where the hell are we? Kentucky?”)

chris on May 28th 2009 in Geocaching

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  1. Phyllis responded on 30 May 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    Hmmm. I tried sending this before, but I think I forgot to “answer the question.” 😉 Anyhow, I love looking at your pictures and all the energy and enjoyment you get out of life!

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