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Found it RebelTJ found Some Assembly Required

Saturday, 12 October 2013Illinois

FTF with Smurfy98 at 1:02PM - Our journey to find this cache today started in Morrison when we attended an event hosted by our friends OregonThree. While at the event, we overheard the CO of this excellent multi talking about how it had been out almost two weeks without a find yet. We decided to ask the CO what the GC code was and since we had our bikes, we agreed to make an attempt if we found ourselves in the area.

Well, we did find ourselves in the area so we unhooked the bikes from the carrier and started to ride. Unfortunately, the weather when we started was just a little bit sloppy but this was not going to dampen our spirits because we love to ride.

Stage 1 wasn't too far down the trail from where we parked and we got there pretty quickly. Once at the stage, we got to looking and Smurfy found the container after a short search. When we opened it up, it was immediately very clear what we needed to do and we performed the task quickly.

With the coords to stage 2 in hand, we continued down the trail and encountered another little bit of wet weather which we endured. The coords we got bounced us around in this spot but it was manageable. We found a few places where we thought a container could be hidden but didn't find it in any of those. Once the container was found, we brought it back up to the trail to perform the needed tasks to get the coords to the next stage.

Our journey to stage three saw the clouds receding but a little bit of a wind kick up for a short while. Once close to the waypoint, we became a bit concerned that muggles were going to be a factor in toning down our search. We looked and looked some more but could not spot a container even though we had some pretty strong suspicions. We decided to call and confirm the suspicions given the nature of the hide spot but we were relieved to hear that muggles should not be an issue. With the container finally in hand, we set to work on this next task which was the longest task so far. We were able to get one half of the coords almost immediately but finding the proper steps to get the other half was trying to elude us with fervor. Eventually a break was made and the other half of the coords revealed themselves to us and we were able to move on.

This is about the point where we started to wonder if we were going to have to deal with a lot more muggles because of an event being held in the vicinity of the final stage. Luckliy, we discovered that this major event was winding down and none of the muggles were even close to where we needed to be.

Our search took a little while because we had a general area to look but also had to account for a note from the CO that was in Stage 3. After a few minutes, I spotted something suspect and got in closer to take a better look where I uncovered a very well-constructed container. Once we performed the tasks needed, we opened up the "logbook" we found inside and discovered that we were the first to find this AMAZING multi-cache and grabbed the FTF prize inside to go into our cache toolbox.

This cache is very deserving of the favorite points that it will be getting from me and likely quite a few others. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent to find this well-planned and well-executed multi and will be telling people that they should come and work this multi if they should find themselves in the area! Thanks again hat_man for placing this cache for us to have a good time finding today!!!

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infoA multi-cache ("multiple") involves two or more locations, the final location being a physical container. There are many variations, but most multi-caches have a hint to find the second cache, and the second cache has hints to the third, and so on. An offset cache (where you go to a location and get hints to the actual cache) is considered a multi-cache.
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