I'm not into power trails, but I am into a challenge. After studying the trail over the weekend, I decided to see if I could do the entire trail, solo, in one day. Better yet, could I do it in 6 hours or less? And, seeing that the trail consisted of 174 caches, could I find 26 more and make it 200 in one day, all done solo?
I left home a little after 5 AM on Memorial Day and headed to North Little Rock. I checked my watch after I arrived at #1 and started the timer. It was 6:25 AM. At 12:23 PM, I had signed the log and returned # 174 back to its hiding spot. Unfortunately, I did have 1 DNF (#27, I believe), which I believe is missing. There were a couple of others that I found had migrated from their hiding spots and had to be put back into place. But that one appeared to be GONE. Anyway, I spent way too much time looking for it, but I still was able to complete the other 173 under my goal of 6 hours. Then it was off to find another 27 to reach my goal of 200.
Between 12:23 PM and 1:35 PM, I took my time finding 5 other caches in the Brinkley area before heading south down Rt. 49 to hit the Delta Heritage Trail. Along the way, I picked up 4 other caches, including the ParkCache at the Louisiana Purchase State Park.
I arrived at the Delta Heritage Trail State Park parking area near # 1 of that power trail series, unloaded my bike, and found my first cache at 2:45 PM. By 5:10 PM, I had biked 3 miles, found 18 of the power trail series, found the ParkCache, and had 7 DNFs for my efforts. I cycled back to my van, loaded up, and headed home. I arrived home at 9 PM, worn out, but satisfied that I had met my goals for the day, recording 201 finds, including 2 ParkCaches. What a day!
In retrospect, I enjoyed the Delta Heritage power trail quite a bit, although I was very tired by the time I started and I think that, plus time pressure, contributed to my high DNF rate. I plan to return sometime again later this summer and complete the trail. Although this is a power trail, the hides are challenging and each one is a little different. The Americana Highway power trail, however, became too long and too boring for my liking. It is definitely all about the numbers. I am glad that I did it, for the experience and for the challenge of the personal goals I set for myself. But I doubt I will try to do a power trail of this type again. At least not in the near future.
"Wildness is a necessity." -- John Muir
"When you go to hide a geocache, think of the reason you are bringing people to that spot. If the only reason is for the geocache, then find a better spot." – briansnat