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Ancient Highway to the Middle of Nowhere Cache Virtual Cache

Hidden : 02/16/2002
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Size: Size:   virtual (virtual)

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Geocache Description:

A surprise for those who like the atmosphere of being out in the middle of nowhere. Going at night adds to the fun - there ARE ghosts out there. Really.

This is a virtual cache. The reward is visiting the location itself. There is no container full of goodies to be found there, but it's an interesting enough place to be well worth the visit.

Need: One map of Iowa. A map of eastern Monroe County is helpful but not necessary.

Coordinates above are to the first waypoint, not the cache site. Approximately 15 miles going the shortest route from the first waypoint to the cache site, 6 of which are on gravel roads. Cache site is a short walk from the road.

On your journey, expect the unexpected. You’ll know the cache when you see it. The place is rather well-known, it’s not a secret.

How many miles along the most direct route from 41°01.172’ N, 92°34.030’ W to 41°01.828’ N, 92°38.374’ W? This highway was built around the 1930s and has not been modified since.

Answer: A.B

A, B, and C represent digits. A>B. XXX, YYY, and ZZZ are 3-digit numbers found below.

XXX = The number of the U. S. highway that *begins* at an exit along I-80 in Iowa and leaves the state in Dubuque.

WW = The number associated with the east-west county road which goes through the only town in Bremer County that is within a mile of U. S. highway 63. County road is signed as C**, where **=WW.

C = B + (A / 2)

YYY = B * XXX - WW

ZZZ = A * B * XXX / 2

Cache is located at
41°0C.YYY’ N, 92°4B.ZZZ’ W

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)