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YTR Is A Kalamazoo! (Bonus Cache) Mystery Cache

Hidden : 11/07/2015
Difficulty:
3.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Cache is NOT located at the posted coordinates!!

Kalamazoo County needed a piece of geo-art, and this has been in the works (at least in my head) for quite a few months!  Most of these 16 caches (plus 1 bonus) are on a bike trail, and are available during the winter, but some are not that winter friendly.  A couple may be available as park and grabs, but are the minority.  Please enjoy this piece of geo-art!!


I hope you enjoy this geo-art as much as I have enjoyed placing all of the caches!  You will find yourself needing to answer 16 questions about the history of Kalamazoo County, and based on the results of the coordinates for those 16 caches, you'll have the information you need to seek this final bonus cache!

*** There are 3(!) tokens in this cache for the FTF, STF, and 3rdTF ... please help yourself to one of them, if you're one of these three finders! ***

The difficulty rating on this cache represents solving all 16 caches in the geo-art and doing the required math steps. The actual difficulty rating for this cache is somewhere around a 1.5

Now for the nitty-gritty math to locate this cache!  Take the N coordinates from all 16 solved caches in the series, and add just the minutes portion together -- the "zzz" in N 42 xx yy.zzz

So for example, N 42 10.050, N 42 12.253, N 42 15.540 would yield  50 + 253 + 540 = 843

Same thing for the W coordinates, add the minutes portion (zzz) together for all 16 caches

Now, you'll have a four-digit number from adding the N minutes, and a four-digit number from adding the W minutes.  A checksum of a 4-digit number abcd is defined as a + b + c + d.  The N checksum is 13, the W checksum is 26, should you want to verify your math.

Take the N number, and subtract 5257, call that ABCD.  Take the W number, and subtract 4948, call that EFGH.

The coordinates to find this final bonus cache are:  N 42 1A.BCD  W 085 3E.FGH

Happy hunting!!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Abar lrg!

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)