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    Anyone Up For A Trip West??

    The Nevada Geocachers Association has developed a power-trail, which curiously is in California. Here it is: (I apologize for possibly making you scroll, if you aren't set up with dual side-by-side, 25" Wide-Screen monitors. I couldn't really scrunch it down any more without making it hard to read.)



    Notice the tiny distance-bar at upper-right. That's a 2-mile bar. This trail is 50 miles+/- from end-to-end. There is a road underneath all those icons, with 1 transmission line on one side, & 2 of them on the other. The caches are set an average of about 1250 feet apart on each of the outside power-lines. Those lines are about 550 feet apart, & there is almost always a cooresponding cache directly opposite of all the rest. Basically, you have 2 complete trails, 550 feet apart.

    There are a total of approx. 525 caches in this 50 miles, or about 7% of the total amount in the entire state of Arkansas. Around 1 out of every 15 caches in our state would fit on this single trail.

    Evidently no one has ever done it in one day, since the current record of about 450 is being claimed by a group which cached in Colorado. I'm not sure 1 person COULD do it in a day. Four people probaly could, by starting at the 4 opposite corners & working inward. I don't know if that would be fun or not, probaly closer to self-inflicted punishment, but I sure would like to try it once .... but most likely ONLY once. This could never be done in Arkansas, since our power-trails were restricted with an extra guideline almost the same month they were made legal.

    I can't even really figure out what the best way to work a trail like this would be. The way it's set up, they aren't along-side only 1 road .... most aren't even on the main road at all. Each of the transmission towers has an access road which leaves the main road at usually something close to a 90 degree angle. So to DRIVE these caches would require going down the road about 500 feet, then 250 feet down a trail, find the cache, back to the road, go another 500 feet, down another 250 feet trail .... all the way to the end.

    Sounds like a good way to torture a vehicle out in the desert. They highly recommend a 4WD, high clearence vehicle, so evidently they planned on people driving it. But for someone in good shape, I'm not sure if it wouldn't be quicker just to walk out about 2 miles on one side (8-10 caches), then cross over to the one 550 feet away & back to your rig. Another way, as long as you had someone to pick you up, would be to work it in a zig-zag fashion .... find a cache, cross over 550 feet to the next, then 1,250 feet down the line to that one, cross over to the opposite one, rinse & repeat. If you did the entire trail by that method, you'd gain about 1,600 feet every mile of trail, because of the cross-overs. So you'd wind up walking around 65-70 miles to complete the entire 50 mile trail.

    Sounds like fun. Anyone want to put together an official Arkansas Geocachers Tackle-The-California-Trail Group? I'm in.

    P.S. This was almost surely a group effort, since the owner of all of them is the NGA, which has 636 hides, but only 2 finds. :P They have at least 3 more much smaller trails in the immediate vicinity, one of which is visible on this map. Another one is almost an extension of this big trail, starting about 2 miles off-map at upper-right. A person could very easily pick up 1,000 caches here, within an area of about 50 X 75 miles, within just a week or two .... and only drive down about 5 roads.

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    Sounds like an awesome power trail. Why could you not drive one way and do all the caches on that side of the road and then turn around and come back doing the caches on the opposite side of the road. You would be stopping every 1200 feet or so and could maybe walk the 250' off road to each cache. THis sounds like about a 10 day trip. Driving out and caching and then driving back to Ark.

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    Well after looking at the map I see that my ideal would not be feasible.
    Driving and stopping that many times would play havoc on a vehicle but I read a few of the longs and saw where some had done around 400 in 23 hours.
    If you could put together two teams of two (one team for each side) and maybe a 5th person as a driver , it might could be done in one day.
    I am lucky to get the 50 or so caches on the power trails around here in one day.
    There is an 84 cache trail in Oklahoma that I am thinking about doing,

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    Would you share one of the GC #'s of the 84 power trail in Oklahoma with all of us? We can't seem to find it. Thanks

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    Nukework must have been reading my mind. That was the same question that I had. Where in Okilahoma is the 84 cache trail?

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    Check under the Sooners caches hidden. It should be called Country Road Series. Or you could look under my caches found on Memorial Day Weekend last year. Been there, done that, it was awesome! Actually, they have added to it since last year, and I am going to Kansas this weekend...
    Guess what?! I got a fever, and the only prescription...is more cowbell!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jffok
    THis sounds like about a 10 day trip. Driving out and caching and then driving back to Ark.
    As long as the group wasn't over 15 people, we could take my airplane.

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    Thanks for the info QC. The Country Road Series seems to have 38 total. A GC number to get you there would be GC1MW37. It is Northwest of Tulsa. According to the above posts, there is another power trail that has 84 caches. Anyone know where it is?
    QC ... we think that the power trail in CA is calling your name!

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    FYI

    Here are a couple of links to bookmark lists of the power trail that is shown in the pic in astrodav's post. I believe they are calling it "Trail of the Gods"

    Trail of the Gods Part 1 Letters A-I

    Trail of the Gods Part 2 Letters J-Z

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    I will get you the information in just a little bit. I have it written down at home but am at work right now. I think I can find it again. I am thinking it is fairly new and it is 84 caches.

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