Welcome to the Tour de Cornwall! I enjoyed the caches in your area while visiting and finding myself with extra time have left you one to enjoy. This is a multi-stage cache that will require not only legwork but also some calculating! Below you will find 9 waypoints; each of these will require you to note a numerical value at that location. Once you have all the numbers all you have to do is add them up, perform the final calculation and the result will give you the cache coordinates. (Providing you and I have performed the math correctly!)
The waypoints can be found in any order but be forewarned, I only had a bicycle while visiting so some of these points can be driven to and others require a bike or a walk. The total distance is probably close to 30km of riding.
1) Lat. 45 02.019 Long. 74 39.869
You are looking for a marker that will tell you the total number of acres that this area was originally given for use, if you read A.A. Milne when you were a kid you might not even have to go there to get this number, except this is ten times larger!
2) Lat. 45 01.707 Long. 74 40.960
Here you are looking for a brightly decorated water distribution device, there should be two letters and three numbers, write down the numbers. This one’s for Captain No Beard from Vancouver Island; it was his alma mater! Also one of the city’s largest homes!
3) Lat 45 01.949 Long. 74 43.287
This one is in one of the quieter ends of town, you want the street address that would be used if you had to make a delivery, however not many do! This place is not on a dead end street so watch the traffic, it can be hectic. The number should be 3 digits.
4) Lat 45 01.124 Long. 74 42.723
One of the more beautiful buildings in town, make sure you check out the door’s detail work, its fantastic, here you want the year on the brass plaque.
5) Lat. 45 01.251 Long. 74 43.918
You should be standing in front of another beautiful edifice, look it over thoroughly, find all the numbers on the cornerstone, multiply them by six, subtract two, find the greatest common denominator, never mind, this is far too complex for me, turn around and check out the most impressive house across the street, I have always liked this house so write down its house number!
6) Lat 45 00.652 Long 74 44.508
Look up,waaaaay up at this Cornwall landmark, when your finished admiring it all, study its history, and find the length of the south span (as listed on the information board). Write down the number.
7) Lat 45 00.599 Long. 74 46.515
Another example of Cornwall’s history so much of which centered around the water, when I first was here I thought this piece of architecture was much older, but the date was suprisingly recent, write down the year.
8) Lat 45 00.783 Long. 74 43 953
This was a rather large historical gift placed in the city in a very obvious location, in truth it is far from where you would normally find them. Here you need to write down the full date it was placed here, in mmddyy order as one long number.
9) Lat 45 01.975 Long. 74 51.071
Another gift! A beautiful spot for a picnic and a leisurely bike ride from the city, this is an often overlooked spot and even a few locals I know have not been and yet it is almost right on the main road! Have a look around and then find the year the original park was donated.
And that’s it! You should now have a long column of numbers on your page. Add them all up and you should have a six digit number (digital root= 9). Divide it in half and add one half to each of the lat and long numbers below, ignoring the lat and long decimal places. Example:
44 11.006 + number from above (XX.XXX) = latitude, do the same for longitude
The lat. and long starting numbers are:
Lat. 44 11.006 Long. 74 01.591
The cache is now (Dec 2004) a standard ammo can and it's contents are:
Geocache info sheet, log book, pencil and pen.
A combination digital wrist watch/calculator because time and numbers are always an important factor.
A crystal (acylic?) porpoise because all successful geocachers always hunt with a porpoise.
Mini flashlight with battery, for those needed light shedding moments.
Whistle, very handy when totally lost.
Canadian beach ball, air not included but the river is so close by.
2 emergency AA batteries, to get you back to where you left yours behind.
A nice soft teether to bite on instead of gnashing your teeth while geocaching.
A bombproof (metal) keychain.
One first place medallion for the appropriate person.
A bike tire repair kit, goes well with all the hawthorne in the area.
If you have any trouble drop me an email and I will help, also if someone could let me know how long it took them that would be appreciated! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did setting it up!