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Mystery Cache

The Root of All Evil - Finale

A cache by lizs and dryfoot
Hidden : 10/6/2007
In Minnesota, United States
Difficulty:
4 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

***THE COORDINATES GIVEN ARE NOT THOSE OF THE FINAL HIDE***!!!
They are
for the take-out point following your mission on the water. You
will need to gather letters given in the other caches in the series
to help decode the final coordinates.

TO REPEAT: THE COORDINATES GIVEN WITH THIS LISTING ARE NOT THOSE OF THE FINAL HIDE.

You will spend a bit of time to get to this finale of "The Root of All Evil" series. You will need a canoe or kayak. This trek will take awhile, so you may even want to camp on this, the North Branch of the Root River, to complete your mission. There are four campsites available from the Moen Bridge Access to the Highway 16
Access.

This trip is around 13 miles on the river and could take around 5 to 6 hours WITHOUT the geocaching you will be doing.

A map of the river is available here: (visit link)

You also will want to check the water level to see that the river is runnable and not too low or, on the other hand, too high and flooding. You can do that here, where this river gage is at the starting point at the Moen Bridge: (visit link)

Canoe and kayak outfitters in Lanesboro also can provide you with that information and your means of floating transportation: (visit link)

You may find this finale if you're at the peak of your power. Keep that in mind.

However, FIRST, you must find the other three caches. You will need to be diligent in your search. Each cache has a word to describe it.

You will find ONE LETTER from THESE WORDS written in each of the three cache lids in the series. Once you mark down the letters, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE DECODER BELOW ALONG (or better yet, two or three of them in different places - wouldn't want you to lose your only copy in the river and never make the finale!!!)

The caches and their words are:

1. The Root of All Evil - Part 1 - GC16GDP
N 43 46.940, W 92 01.903
You need to be TALENTED.
Cache listing: (visit link)

2. The Root of All Evil - Part 2 - GC16GEV
N 43 47.303, W 92 00.590
You need to be DEMANDING.
Cache listing: (visit link)

3. The Root of All Evil - Part 3 - GC16GF4
N 43 46.228, W 092 00.517
You need to be HARD-WORKING.
Cache listing: (visit link)

So, look for a letter on the lid of each find and plug it into the DECODER OF EVIL below for final coordinates:
A=2
D=3
E=5
G=4
H=0
I=8
K=3
L=1
M=7
N=5
O=2
R=9
T=6
W=3

FINAL COORDINATES ARE BELOW, with the needed letters marked by which part (cache) of "The Root of All Evil" the associated word comes from:

THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL - FINALE COORDINATES:
N 43 4(Part 2).(Part 1)60
W 91 59.(Part 3)91

****NOTE: You will want to have some good shoes along in your canoe or kayak. Once you have succeeded, send me an e-mail telling me what you found - and maybe a photo?!? - and I will send you a certificate highlighting your triumph over evil. ***DO NOT POST THAT INFORMATION HERE~~ although details of the journey to the finale are welcome.

ADDITIONAL NOTE FROM MARCH 31, 2008: If thinking of attempting this, please contact me to get my phone number in case help is needed if one shows up missing. Also, maybe take along a spare cache container with you. I have so far been unable to get out and check the caches on the river - Hmmm.... need a canoe partner?!?!? LOL!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ragre naq frrx, lbhe uvtuarff

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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Last Updated: on 10/4/2013 6:14:11 AM Pacific Daylight Time (1:14 PM GMT)
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum