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Mullum Trail Bike Multi-cache

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Ngaambul: As there's been either no response from the cache owner, no cache to find or log to sign, or it's been a number of months since the last owner note. I'm archiving it to keep it from continually showing up in search lists, and to prevent it from blocking other cache placements. If you wish to repair/replace/make available the cache sometime in the near future (next 30 days), just contact us (by email), and assuming it meets the current guidelines, we'll be happy to unarchive it. Should you replace the cache after 30 days has passed please create a new cache listing so it can be reviewed as a new cache.

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Hidden : 01/01/2004
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   large (large)

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Geocache Description:

A scenic bike ride with a historical and environmental flavour.

Welcome to the Mullum Valley! This multi-cache has been designed to be best done by bike, using the trail conveniently placed alongside the creek. It can be done on foot (allow at least 2 hours) or by car (various access points in the backstreets) but will work best by bike. You can also link in with public transport via Ringwood station.

Proceed to the initial co-ordinates. You should find yourself next to the picturesque, if rather brown Ringwood Lake. Before continuing, you might like to do Kiwideb's cache Towering View which is located nearby.

Near this location is a plaque showing when the bridge was opened. The date on this plaque is the A/B/CDDE

Next to the lake where you're standing is a sign about feeding birds. There is a duck with "F" ducklings depicted. The third dot point has "G" words.

Waypoint 2:
37 deg 48.6CC
145 deg 14.D1G

This should take you across the highway and under the bypass to nowhere. The sign here tells you of a change in the path.

Waypoint 3:
37 deg 48.3(A+1)D
145 deg 14.3D(B+1)

After a leisurely ride along the creek you will come to a section of the trail dotted with information signs. These signs detail the history and environmental significance of the area. Waypoint 3 is one of these signs. You will see a picture here, of the structure that the "Towering View" cache is the focus of.

KLMN = The year this photo was taken
KLOP = The year that Ringwood's population reached 2,000

Waypoint 4:
37 deg 48.(A/2)3F
145 deg 14.(A/2)F(G-1)

Only 100m further along is another information sign:
KLQR = The year the photo of the creek was taken.

On to the final cache location!
37 deg 47.L(P+1)(Q-1)
145 deg 14.LRN

This is a short ride further up the valley. To reach the final location you will have to leave your bike and cross the creek. There are a couple of places to do it, but be careful, the banks may be slippery, and, being an urban creek, it can flash-flood in heavy rain. The cache is hidden in a blue 7 litre bucket. Please cover well when you're finished.

If you're on your bike, why not finish the trail? It continues upstream to the headwaters of the Mullum Mullum. You can ride from there over the highway into Croydon and connect up with the train to go back to Ringwood, or ride back along the line.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vs lbh ernpu gur ybhatr ebbz va gur jvyybj gerr, lbh'er gbb sne abegu. Vg'f nobhg 40z fbhgu bs urer, orfvqr n thz gerr arne gur snpgbevrf.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)