The Adventures of Quartzcacher and Dentful1
Bruce and I have been discussing a 100 find cache run for a while now. Bruce has a personal goal of finding at least 100 caches in each and every month. Since he has been doing this he has shot up the state of Arkansas like buckshot hitting a deer. There ain't a city he has not been to that has great numbers for this to be achieved. We looked at the cache map and found that we can go after the 35 cache power trail in Williford and proceed to Pocahontas, Walnut Ridge, Paragould and then to Jonesboro. Bruce had read just about every cache description for that area and I had printed out the GSAK list to write notes beside each one. We agreed to meet at St Josephs hospital in Hot Springs and head on up. As we awoke on Saturday we discovered that it was going to rain all day up north. We immediately went into salvage mode to try to figure out something so we can still achieve our goal. We agreed on going towards Shreveport, Louisiana. Neither one of us has a Louisiana cache so that was a done deal. We went into the hospital so Bruce can get his WiFi hooked up and we dumped our GPSers of the caches already loaded and loaded up the Northwest corner of Louisiana. We had a moment in the hospital where we were about to go to jail. A nurse came out of some biohazard room right near where we were working and asked what are we doing. She asked in a nice tone and it seemed she was just messing with us. As she came back from wherever she went to and was opening the door to go back to the biohazard room she asked again and I told her we were hacking into her email and to help us out with her password. She went into the room and in 3 minutes a cop comes out of there asking us whats going on. We explained to him the whole geocaching thing and why Bruce has got his mobile command post scattered all over the double chair. The cop has heard of it and he seemed interested as he wrote down the web address of geocaching and left. Bruce got it together and we left the hospital an hour behind of our intended departure of 3:30am, so now it is 4:30am.
After driving down I-30 and hitting 71 South we found our first cache at 6:50am at "A Welcome Sign" which was the state line of Louisiana. We continued to cache our way into Shreveport. We arrived in Shreveport on find # 31. We had intentions of getting 40 or so caches in the city and head back up north for some power loops that we saw on the GPS and finish up our day. On cache # 37 we realized it was a mistake to go to downtown so we left that area and moved east. We gathered up some more caches in Bossier City and decided we need to cache our way out of here and head back north to the border. We got back on track and was knocking them out. I broke my previous record of 87 finds in one day at 5:50pm with find #88. At 6:50pm, exactly 12 hours after our first find, we found #100 for the day and was find #900 overall for me. We finished up that run of caches and got back on the HWY and headed back to Hot Springs and we grabbed a few easy grabs that were right on the road and finished up the day with find #110 at 8:05pm.
We stopped in Prescott to get a burger and you could see how exhausted we were. It was a long day, which is typical of a big caching day. We had loads of fun and we are planning on going back up to Williford and do another big day in a few weeks.
:arrow: I am happy to report of no flat tires or mechanical failures this time