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Multi-cache

The Dark Tower

A cache by Crow-T-Robot
Hidden : 12/3/2011
In Wisconsin, United States
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: large (large)

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Geocache Description:

A short 4 stage multicache hidden near New London's new Jaycees Dog Park. Each stage has a container which will have the coordinates to the next waypoint. The posted coordinates are for WP1. The cache is hidden in the surrounding woods, which is all city owned property. The dog park itself is open 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m if you want to bring your four legged friend out for a run. The cache can be searched for at any hour and personally, I find that seeking it at night has its own unique feeling.

The Jaycees Dog Park is located on River Road, which can be accessed off of Highway 54, underneath the Highway 45 overpass.

This is a 4 stage multicache, but don't let that scare you off. The entirety of the cache is grouped roughly within a 1000' area (but none of it is inside the fenced "dog park" part of the park), so it's not long from start to finish. The terrain is relatively flat but there are many toppled trees and thick brush, so I tried to contain the cache in some open areas of the woods, but you might have to loop around a bit in places to find a path through. You could go straight through the brush/trees, but I wouldn't recommend it.

The note that I found:

As night descended and Roland had not returned, I was overcome with worry as to what might have befallen my friend. I decided to pay a visit to the last known sighting of Roland in the hopes that I could perhaps determine what had become of him. This note was the only clue I found and as you can see, it seems that Roland has struck off into the great unknown, chasing down his destiny: The Dark Tower. As it was very late and the night was very dark, I marked the spot where I found the note and made plans to return when daylight was abundant and hopefully follow the trail my friend has left behind and catch up to him.

Roland often talked about the strange and wonderful journey he was undertaking and many a moon had passed over us while he regaled me with tales of creatures that spoke in strange tongues, of forests that came alive, of spirits from the netherworld, of a train that had a fancy for riddles and finally, of the meaning to all existance: The Dark Tower.

If I understood Roland correctly, the path to the Dark Tower is one that must remain secret, as those who do not understand the Tower are apt to destroy it. The trail that Roland left behind is of no doubt a concealed one but the clues can be had. Roland had a talent for conversing with the creatures he encountered and entrusting them with his secrets. If you should discover any of these creatures along the path, I should believe that Roland has deemed them worthy to guard the trail and to only give an indication of his whereabouts to those who are also seeking the Dark Tower.

If you should happen to find Roland during your search, would you be kind enough to let me know how he has fared. I hope all is well with him.

Anyone who has read the Dark Tower series by Stephen King will no doubt recognize some of the names and settings that I've "borrowed" for this listing. Honestly, the only similarity with this cache to those books was going to be the title itself, as it is an apt description of the final container. As I was scouting out the area the cache is placed, however, more and more coincidences kept cropping up. There are some defunct railroad tracks not far from the park that Blaine the Mono might have traveled along. There used to be an old saw mill on the property but that was torn down and now the surrounding area looks quite alot like a neglected wasteland, with piles of rubble scattered about. And the waypoints themselves are similar to the creatures that guided Roland as he followed the path along the Beams toward the Dark Tower.

Please take care to handle the waypoints gently as they could be damaged/broken if dropped. The first three stages shouldn't pose too much of a problem to find but I've included hints just in case. The Tower should be absolutely no issue at all to find unless we get feet and feet of snow. Also, please note that when you reach the Tower, you'll find the logbook in the "rose", which would also be a good place to drop trackables into. Please make sure to re-lock the Tower to keep the door from opening accidentally. Above all, enjoy your journey into Mid-World! (Or is this End-World?)

Keep an eye out for nettles as it might be present at some of the waypoints. I haven't seen any poison ivy while placing/visiting this cache but that is always a possibility when entering the woods.

This cache placed by Crow-T-Robot, a member of:
Wisconsin Geocaching Association

Thank you to Chad Hoerth, Director of New London's Park & Recreation, for permission to place this cache.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[WP1]V'z nyy penpxrq hc
[WP2]Gnggrerq fcvaqyr-tebhaq yriry
[WP3]Ebhaq naq oebja, ba gur tebhaq. Va gur pnir.

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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