A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD ON THE "SCHNAUZ-AIR" EXPRESS!
The cache is hidden at the given set of coordinates below. In order for you to figure out these coordianates, you will need to pay close attention to the details given in the story below. You will be jet-setting around the World with Team Schnauzer's fearless mascot pilot, Fritz "the Flying" Schnauzer! You will also need to have Google Earth open and running in order to solve this puzzle. You'll understand why after you begin your adventure. Captain Fritz will take you to many wonderful locations around the World and at each of the stops, there will be a set of numbers for you to view. It will be CRITICAL for you to see these numbers, as they will help you discover where this cache is hidden. So, sit back and come along with Fritz as he shows you the World, one airport at a time!
THE FINAL CACHE IS LOCATED AT:
NORTH AB CD.EFG WEST HIJ KL.MNO
STOP "A" - We begin our trip around the World in Ames, Iowa at Fritz's home airport. Fritz sets the coordinates to N 41 59'30.72" W 93 37'06.68". Here you will see a two-digit number. In order to find "A" please add the two digits that you see together.
STOP "B" - A long flight across the Atlantic Ocean has brought you to Bucharest, the capital and largest city in the country of Romania. The plane touches down at N 44 30'27.19" E 26 07'17.15". You look out the window and you see another two-digit number. You will need the first digit.
STOP "C" - After a short stay in Bucharest, Captain Schnauzer points the plane northward and after being in the air for a few hours, you cross the Baltic Sea and make your final approach on Helsinki, Finland's capital and largest city. The plane touches down at N 60 19'52.01" E 24 56'32.56." As has been the case all along, you discover two digits on the end of the runway. Please subtract the first digit from the second digit and you will get the number you need for "C."
STOP "D" - Since Fritz never turns down the request of a passenger of Schnauz-Air, he bids a fond "nakemisiin" to Helsinki and heads south to your next stop, Yaounde, Cameroon. Though the number here isn't as easy to read, you'll be able to make it out at N 03 50'38.59" E 11 31'38.77" where Fritz explains that this is, once again, a two-digit number and if you want to find the cache, you'll have to write down the first of the two digits.
STOP "E" - Though the weather in Yaounde is pleasant enough this time of year, you and the rest of the passengers are getting a little bored with Western Africa. Fritz says that he knows just the place for a new adventure and flies east, touching down at N 02 00'18.88" E 45 17'35.30" in Mogadishu, Somalia's chief port, capital and largest city. The first digit you see is the only one that you'll need to bring with you back to Ames.
STOP "F" - Staying on the continent of Africa, Fritz points the plane south-westward to little-known Bujumbura, the capital city of the tiny African republic of Burundi. As the plane lands at this small airport, you look down to the runway below you at S 03 18'28.76" E 29 18'59.67" where you memorize only the second digit as the first will not help you solve the puzzle.
STOP "G" - Fortunately for you, you were able to brush up on a little French while you were visiting Burundi, as it will be helpful to you when Fritz takes you to the French Riviera for your next adventure. A day or two of relaxation in the Mediterranean sunshine is just what the doctor ordered! You arrive at Marsailles, France's 2nd largest city at N 43 26' 48.17" E 05 12' 05.11" and add the two numbers together that you see as you land here and then add one more.
STOP "H" - There is no denying that Marsailles was a great stop on this journey, but Fritz explains that there is another great Mediterranean and Black Sea port, spanning two continents at the "Crossroads of the World." The plane crosses the sea and lands in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city. You arrive at N 40 58'01.98" E 28 48'42.10" and memorize the first of the two digits that you see. This is a bustling city and an enjoyable place to kick back and relax. Turkish coffee? "Sagol!"
STOP "I" - You travel from one end of Asia to the other on this leg of the trip landing in Kobe, Japan's 3rd largest city at N 34 37'56.35" E 135 12'39.67." You'll need to add these two numbers together. Fritz decides to try on a schnauzer-sized kimono while you and the other passengers enjoy a sushi roll and a shot of saki. Konnichi-wa, Japan... it's time to move along to your next stop.
STOP "J" - East Asia is awesome, to say the least, and since everyone seems to be enjoying their time in this part of the World, Fritz points the vessel to the northwest where he lands at Incheon-Seoul International Airport at N 37 27'16.39" E 126 27'35.46" where you spot two digits that are the same. You only will need to take one of them with you. You all decide that kimchee isn't your thing and that a metro area filled with 25 million muggles isn't a great place to spend time.
STOP "K" - As you are nearing this stop on the journey, Fritz comes over the intercom and explains that the place he had planned to stop, Sydney, Australia, was closed for the season. Oh Fritz, you are such a silly boy! Instead, Fritz touches the plane down at S 43 29'49.50" E 172 31' 19.72" in Christchurch, the 2nd largest city in New Zealand. Here at this location you will take the 2nd digit along with you.
STOP "L" - New Zealand was beautiful, but the passengers on board are getting tired of being in Asia/Oceania. Since Fritz is always eager to please his passengers, he ventures East across the International Date Line and vast Pacific Ocean, landing in Santiago, Chile at S 33 22'20.93" W 70 48'11.56" where you spy the 2nd digit painted on the runway.
STOP "M" - The journey has been long and tiring, but in order to see this through to the end, you will have to make a couple more stops before heading off to find the cache. Two of the passengers on the plane are Canadians. One of them is from Alberta and the other from neighboring Saskatchewan. Fritz being the ever-clever pilot that he is decides he can satisfy both Canadian passengers by landing the plane in Lloydminster, a small city on the Canadian prairie that has city limits in both provinces. Excellent thinking as usual, Captain Schnauzer! The plane lands at N 53 18' 34.75" W 110 05'03.60" where another two-digit numbe appears. Fritz says that you need to add the two digits together, then subtract one from that to arrive at the total you need.
STOP "N" - "How can we be this close to Alaska and not stop?" asks one of the other passengers. Well, we are going to stop there, silly. Fritz lands the plane in Nome on the Bearing Sea at N 64 30'28.54" W 165 27'05.31" where only one lonely number has been painted on the runway. Fritz tells you to take that one number and add it to the number of paws that a schnauzer has to arrive at your "N" number here.
STOP "O" - All good things must come to an end, and this is where this journey finds it's demise. After stopping on six of the seven continents, Fritz has returned you to the place where it all started in Ames, Iowa, this time arriving on the other end of the runway you took off on when you started this journey at N 41 59'52.65" W 93 37'33.57" where your final instructions are to add the two digits together.
Now that you've traveled the world, you should have all the numbers you need to solve for this cache. Fritz hopes that you enjoyed your journey with him around the World aboard the Schnauz-Air Express. Thank you for choosing this journey and best of luck to you on finding the final cache hiding spot!
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