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Simply Paul: 13 miles on foot? There's a reason this series has suffered a lack of maintenance since my bicycle was stolen... So, time to let it go. Sincere thanks to everyone who did this cache and/or the series, and to Sustrans for the permission to place them. Sorry for any DNFs here!

Such a shame GZ has been used for dumping dead teddy bear carcases. Fluff everywhere. Very upsetting.

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GC01-West Ender. Geolympix Cyclerama 1

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Hidden : 03/31/2012
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Geocache Description:

Set with the support of Sustrans along their National Cycle Network Route 57 - The Phoenix Trail - between Thame in Oxon and Princes Risborough in Bucks, this 6.5 mile (each way) series of caches, mostly along a disused railway line, are a part of the Geolympix Legacy.

Gather a letter and a number from this cache to find the Bonus cache.

About this series: Designed to be done by bike, many cachers may like to skip caches to do on the way back, to break-up the return leg a bit. Alternatively, some people will prefer to do them in order (it should work from either end, or from Towersey, about 1/3 the way between Thame and Princes Risborough, around GC7-Rest Awhile) and have an unbroken return leg. It easier to get a bike up to speed and keep it there than starting and stopping, but it's up to you! Whichever method/approach/parking you use, you should still be able to gather enough info to get the Bonus caches without needing to backtrack. If you're a letter/number short, it may help to know (A+B+C+D+E)=(V+W+X+Y+Z+1).

A word on wheelchair access: This series is designed to be do-able by wheelchair. Some of the hides may require help to recover the caches, depending on the user's range of movement and physical abilities. The info sheet, link below, has extra info. Certainly it's possible to get close to most of the hides by 'chair and if you cache with help, you'll still be able to take an active 'I see it!' role. Exceptions include GC02 (up steps if caching from the cycle path), GC05 (up a steep bank), GC08 (off the route, past a stile) and GC19 (down a steep bank). Caches in this series marked with a Wheelchair in the Attributes field mean it's possible to get very close to them via chair, but perhaps not make the grab due to them being a bit too high or low. Please contact me via my profile if you need any more specific information.

To find this cache: Start at the above co-ords, where you'll find a 'Blue Wo' and a sign. To locate the cache at this end of the series, answer the following questions:

How many Millennium Mileposts are there along the Phoenix Trail? F= ___

Which number is Viewpoint Seat by Ryo Makio? G= ___

Which number is Simplicity Bench by Yumiko Aoyagi? H= ___

Which number is Shiplap Shelter by Rory Lobban? i= ___ (lower-case i to avoid confusion)

What number is above the blue 'WO'? J= ___ K= ___ L= ___ (J is also below WO) (May be hidden by nettles in summer. Look to the left of access to the road from the track, as viewed from the track)

The cache is hidden at N51° 44.(K-J)(F+J)(H-F) W000° 5i.LFH

To reach it, you'll need to pass a forest... Good luck! Please note, this cache contains a stamp, making it a Letterbox Hybrid rather than a Multi. Please don't remove the stamp!

Caches along the Phoenix Trail:
Thame Moreton Circle - 01*, GC01-West Ender, INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION 1 (short detour)*, GC02-Not the Ivy!, GC03-Rocky Moment?, GC04-Sleeper Cell, twixt Thame & Towersey*, GC5-Beware the Rabbit, GC06-Classic Hide, Old SideTracked - Towersley Halt*, GC7-Rest Awhile, GC08-Off Track, GC09-Yumcrete , GC10-QEF?, GC11-Tree Cover, GC12-Stand Sit Jump!, GC13-Reflective Space, GC14-Lost Signal, GC15-Blasted Thing!, GC16-Eclipse, GC17-First Class, GC18-Rooky Error, GC19-Isolated Location, GC20-Bridge Hand, Virtual Insanity*, GC21-Gated Community, GC22-Antlers, GC23-Front Door, GC24-Around the Bend, GC25-East Ender, GCB-Bonus!
*Not part of the Geolympix Cyclerama series, but you may pass close-by along the way.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[A high muggle area! Please cache with care and don't get this cache muggled!] Nobir urnq urvtug, oruvaq n ebpx.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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