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TomEagle55's 1,000th - Tricachelon Multi-Cache

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ILReviewer: Since I haven't heard from the owner I'm reluctantly archiving this cache. If the owner wishes to reactivate this cache in the next couple of months, please e-mail me at IllinoisGeocacher@yahoo.com and I'll unarchive it as soon as I can.

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Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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In the early days of Geocaching fallenfaery & Special Ed started a tradition to recognize those who pass a major milestone by placing milestone caches. After all these years the tradition still carries on today and is just a small way to congratulate local cachers on their efforts In continuation of this tradition EnPleinAire, Princess Margie, BAT & BDSmiley teamed up to prepare a special adventure for a special Caching Team; TomEagle55 (AKA: Tom & Mary) honoring the accomplishment of their first 1,000 finds.

This cache honors and pays tribute to TomEagle55 (Tom and Mary), and celebrates the large contribution they have made to the local geocaching community in terms of efforts, motivation, friendship, enthusiasm and good times. Through all seasons, and all types of weather, during special days and holidays, good days, and bad days, Tom and Mary have been a remarkable team and have found caches, attended events, and have introduced new cachers to this fun sport. Their next 1k should be just around the corner, and many cachers look forward to caching with them, meeting them at events, hearing their stories, and especially ... seeing more pictures of their adventures. Mary and Tom, congratulations on your first 1,000 cache finds!  I am proud to be considered on of your friends and frequent caching partner.  ...Linda (EnPleinAire)

WOW, what an exciting accomplishment!  All I can offer is that if you think this 1,000 find went fast, just wait and see how fast the next 1,000, 2,000, etc. go.  Tom and Mary certainly are the adventurous type and will go to any length to find a cache.  They will hike long distances, fabricate tools in the field, bike, paddle, climb or whatever it takes to get the job done.  They will go to these extremes not only hunt a cache but also to hide one as well.  Certainly I would be remiss if I didn't mention some of the time and effort they have put in to their own clever hides.  So as not to create "spoilers" I will simply leave it at that and if you have not experienced some of TomEagle55's hides then you really are missing out.  It seems that TomEagle55 is becoming better known as BAT's nemesis but really it is all in good fun.  Off the trail, Tom & Mary are probably one of the nicest couples you will ever meet!  Congrats to both of you, we are proud to have been with you on a few of your first 1,000 adventures and we look forward to being with the two of you on many more.  In addition to this cache being placed honoring your accomplishment, we have also created a little something else to commemorate your milestone which you can find by Clicking The Link Here, Happy Hunting!!.  ... Barry & Margie (BAT & Princess)

Tom & Mary congratulations on finding 1,000 caches!  It was less than one year ago when I first introduced you to geocaching at our company picnic in Busse Woods.  I had no idea how much you loved the sport… but the next thing I knew you had more caches than me!  I’ve been striving to try and keep up with you guys but it’s nearly impossible.  We have shared many caching adventures and I hope to share many more while obtaining your next 1,000 caches. ...Brian (BDSmiley)

OK, that's enough of that... lets get to the cache!  You are about to embark on a "multi-cache" adventure (or Tricachelon if you will), that has been created to take you on some similar hunts as TomEagle55 experienced during their first 1,000 finds.  Based on the name, you will find your self taking on 3 different sports similar to an actual triathlon.  The only difference here is that we replaced swimming and running with paddling and spelunking!  For the initial portion of this adventure you will be taken on a leisurely hike to get you started, consider this the warm up phase.  From their you will head over to your first sport, cycling.

Cycling:

You may choose to to this segment on foot but I can assure you that biking will be much quicker.  This leg will provide you with a tour of an area that we know TomEagle55 loves and will allow you to experience it from a new perspective if you have never biked it before. 

The cycling leg consists of multiple stages. At each of the stages you will find a micro container containing coordinates for the next stage in your adventure.  Each stage is large than a bison tube but smaller than a standard pre-form.  The final stage will direct you to your paddling adventure.

Paddling:

The paddling leg will take you on a lovely paddling adventure about two miles round trip. It is recommended that you combine this leg with the spelunking leg for maximum efficiency. On this tour you will have a chance to see abundant wildlife. The following were spotted during cache placement: Deer, herons, beavers, fish, huge snapping turtle, geese, and large tadpoles.

The paddling leg consists of multiple stages. At each of the progressive stages you will find a micro container containing a clue of partial coordinates for the final stage of this leg. The final paddling stage is a micro container, larger than a film canister that can hold very small trading items (such as a mini BAT), this final stage will direct you to your spelunking advnture.

Spelunking:

You are about to embark on an urban faux-spelunking adventure. This spelunking journey will take you to three urban ‘caves’ where you will collect clues to determine the coordinates to the final stage of the spelunking leg.

You will use the clues to substitute numbers for letters to the following sequence:

N42 AB.CDE

W 088 FG.HIJ

 

Cave #1

Position yourself inside this cave, in a central position. Look up and count the number of pink flowers painted onto the ceiling of this cave. Use this number for F and G.

 

Cave #2

Position yourself 30 feet north of the north cave opening so that you are looking south. Look to your left – you will see a tree just to the left (east) of the cave opening. Just beyond the tree you should see a 3-digit number. Add 102 to that number to get CDE.

Now paddle to a position just south of this cave and look at the west side to notice several white signs. How many signs do you see? This number will be B.

How many words are clearly visible on these signs? This number will be A.

 

Cave #3

Position yourself in a central position inside this cave. Looking up you will notice a number of very long rectangles. How many of these rectangles do you see? Add 814 to this number to get HIJ.

 

Upon Conclusion of this final leg, you will be rewarded with the coordinates of a location where a special Ammo Can has been hidden.  Have fun and enjoy your adventure!  And most of all, be sure to take plenty of pictures... you know Mary would!

Special thanks to cacher '612' for suggesting the route used for the paddling and spelunking segments!

 

In consideration of all you efforts here, feel free to log the 3 Tricachelon legs and the Final as individual finds (giving you a total of 4 smiley's!), you certainly earned it!

 

 


 

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ab anabf jrer hfrq va gur cynprzrag bs guvf zhygv pnpur

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)