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Calvary by Bike

A cache by Péter60 and Strombus Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 05/29/2013
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3 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

We are inviting you to a 45 km bike ride with 12 stages in the varied landscape of the Geresdi Hills.

A geoláda a oldalon GCKPK név alatt szerepel.
This cache is also available on as GCKPK

Geocoins and Travel Bugs are welcome!
The track leads mainly on reasonable good quality dirt roads (in dry weather) and on paved, virtually traffic-free forest and country roads through tiny villages, forests and fields. The elevation is 750 m, so the trip can be done by someone in average shape riding an MTB or trekking bike. We created this route for bikers, but it can be a nice hike on foot as well, maybe divided into smaller portions. If you try to get to the stages by car you will miss out on the experience.

Don't let the number of stages scare you off! Occasionally you will feel grateful that there is a reason to stop. :-)
The hides are creative, be prepared to use your grey matter occasionally!
Seven stages are traditional. At one of those you will find the logbook, in the rest you will find 2 or 3 letters in the container. Five stages are virtual, where you will find letters written on something.

Getting credit for your find
Task 1: Sign the logbook!
Task 2: Write down the letters you find at each stage (a total of 26 characters) and send them to cache owner (do not post them with your log!) OR post pictures of the crosses with your log (12 pictures).
Logs without meeting the requirements or part of the requirements will be deleted.

Getting there
Park in the village center of Lovászhetény which is 6 km off Route 6, near Pécsvárad, 24 km from Pécs (see waypoint). There is also a small food store here where you can get supplies - you won't find food or drinking water easily on the trail. Stage 1 is not far from here (coordinates are in the heading).
As the tour is a loop, you may start it at any stage that works best for you.
If you would like to break the trip to two, the best is to return after finding Stage 5, makig a smaller loop.

Roadside Crosses
Christian man's inhabitancy had a sacral spatial hierarchy that was defined by the church, the Holy Trinity, the chapels, the Calvary, statues of patron saints and crosses. By now the spiritual importance of these has diminished, but they remained architectural relics.
Crosses were erected by private people as a demonstration of faith, piety or to commemorate some tragic event. The church just sanctified and blessed them. Most crosses were erected on the roads leading from the village to mark the edge of the settlement. They also helped orientation, marking high points, borders of geographical regions, villages, fields, properties, trailheads of dirt roads, location of accidents or catastrophes. Passers-by stopped for a quick tribute, might have said a prayer, had a little rest. Women were taking care of the crosses by bringing fresh flowers regularly, lighting candles on All Saints' Day, and praying together in front of them.
The oldest roadside crosses in Hungary are from the edge of Sopron: the Romanesque Pinehő kereszt (Restig Cross) and the Pék kereszt (Bakers' Cross) that was carved in 1484 to tribute murdered bakers.
Erecting roadside crosses became truly widespread in the 18th century. The ones still around are mainly from 1850-1930, made of stone. The ones made of less sturdy materials such as wood or metal have generally disappeared by now.
The decorated, gothic font and the German signs prove that this corner of Baranya coutny was inhabited by Swabisch people. The crosses around here were mainly the works of the stonemason of Mecseknádasd.
The crosses that you will visit are diverse both in style and condition. One is happy to see the nicely renovated ones with information boards near Feked, but you will also pass a cross that is partly ruined and another that lost its corpus.

We wish a great excursion not only to your body, but to your soul as well!

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

1. Ab arrq gb tb gb Antlcnyy.
2. Cbcyne.
3. Oruvaq gur pebff.
4. Oheebj.
5. Jbbq.
6. Ba n gerr.
7. Zntargvp.
8. Ba vg.
9. Ghea.
10. Qra.
11. Gvtug svg
12. Ybbx sbe gur pebff!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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