The day after the power trail took a bit to get going for
some of us we were starting to feel a bit sluggish. Hurshh needed a few more caches so we could
double his find count and push him to 2,000 caches, so off we went to another
trail of caches. This first group of caches were in the Mojave desert just
outside of Searchlight, NV. This trail
was down a long dirt road to nowhere with caches on both sides but we only got
the ones down the middle since it was getting hot and we had a seven hour drive
today to get to our hotel.
So with the minor trail done and it was getting late we
decided to stop in Vegas for some grub before half of our train headed for
Oregon while we headed back to SE Washington. While in Vegas last time Grizz Rider had eaten
at the Heart Attack Grill and said the burgers were to DIE for so with a quick
straw poll it was decided, big fat greasy burgers it was. At Heart Attack Grill there is nothing
healthy on the menu but it all was excellent tasting. This was a sad moment for me because
Globaltreckers were breaking off from us
and we only had two days with them.
Gas and go we had a long drive and it would be 1am before we
got to our hotel in Wells, NV. So a
quick stop at a gas station in NE Vegas provided a surprise. DR D a fellow
cacher from the quad cities that was moving to Arizona this weekend. He stopped
for gas at the same station at the same time as we did. WOW that is unexpected. It was great to see
the Doc one last time before he was gone.
ET 001 we had to stop for that cache since hurshh was the
only one who had not found it. So he can say he did Route 66 and ET highway in
one weekend ;) On the way to ET 001 I joked about we should just do another all
nighter since we would be getting in so late and was feeling good and not too
tired. So while we were at the ET sign Hunter made a call and we were free from
the hotel reservations in Wells. So another all nighter it was. Time for the
riders to settle in for the night while I braved the dark Nevada night.
As the sun was rising on us we were approaching Twin Falls
ID and the Balanced Rock Series, we noticed that globaltreckers had not stopped
either and had cached all night long on the way to Oregon. Quick call to John
to make sure he was awake and enjoying himself. The INSANE Train was living up
to its name and having a blast doing it.
As the Balanced Rock trail approached it was time for the
crew to wake up and start getting ready for the assault on the last few caches
we needed on the trip before we all died from lack of rest. These caches while
close to the road were taking us forever to get because we all were very very
tired and had lost the spring in our step. Yes even hurshh the young pup just
wanted to get home! So only after 40 caches it was determined that hurshh had
enough caches for 2000 and they all wanted to get home.
So you would think that that was the end of the excitement,
nope not even close. The roads were we
were routed on were very bad and super sandy in spots so a little rally driving
was needed to get us back to gravel. At time the Train was doing 60 MPH just to
keep the momentum up to fly across the sandy spots. Man it was fun and helped
bring a little life back into the INSANE Train. With the sand behind us and on
a rocky road it looked like smooth sailing from here on out….. With a stop for one last cache on top of a
rocky butte the INSANE Train got one last scare/rush. SNAKE! On the climb to
the top I almost got bit by a Rattle Snake and hurshh was surrounded by
them. I was able to use a rock to free
us from the trap set by them and get my kids a rattle also. Yes we did get the
cache but man that was a little to close for comfort. If I had not spotted the
snake before I took one more step forward I would have been bitten. He never
rattled at me until I hit him with a rock. After that every direction we tried
to move there was a rattle. At least we
got a skin and a rattle out of the deal, I would loved to have saved the meat
and tried it since I have heard it is good to eat and that snake would not have
Now we are all super tired and still have seven hours home
with a stop in Boise to pick up my family and have one more meal before the
trip is over. A little BBQ in Boise and time for a nap while I ride with my
wife home. It is sad that the run is
over but we all need to sleep! We have
so many memories from this trip we could never put it all down for you
to read, but over the next few weeks I’ll add a few things here and there about
this trip while I post about things to come. And yes there are a few things in
the works but like I said last year after the ET highway power trail NO MORE
POWER TRAILS!! ;)
Totals on the trip? That information is still being compiled.
Well today was the day for the route 66 Power Trail. On our trip so far I have had 10 hours sleep starting this day but with the energy hurshh had we would not be stopped. The day started late with us leaving the Hotel about 7:15 so we didn't start caching until 8am. We cached non-stop for 12 1/2 hours to find 867 caches today. With hurshh doing most of the running with a few breaks from others and a crew stamping them and keeping him full of logs. While this has not been the highlight of the trip it is still something to say we have done with pride.
We used two vehicles to move six people down the road. Stamping was done in my car and handed to the Prius to be delivered.
This was all done over and over and over again untill there was no more light left in the sky, and then we did it over again.
While the caches were all the same today there was a few bright spots we did find.
What a day glad to be heading in the direction of home, but I have no clue what the next two days will bring. Hopefully a few more hours of sleep.
Just a normal day today for the INSANE Train we only drove 440 miles and grabbed 24
caches. That brings the total miles to about
1800 miles and 36 caches. Not a power
caching trip so far but a power run.
Today started out getting some real cool caches in Winslow
AZ and taking a trip back in time to before I was born. It is great to see the
history right before your eyes that you have seen on the TV and heard stories
From there we headed west stopping at some caches that were
close to the highway but mostly ones we thought would be cool. Like this Old
Bridge GC1CGFQ what a fun off road
excursion in the Contour to a bridge that was built in 1913!!! This cache would
set the tone for the rest of the day. Fun caches and great scenery.
We then stopped in Williams AZ for some caches and was pleased with the feel of the town. A total Route 66 type of town. I can see myself coming back to this town to spend some time and ride the train to the Grand Canyon.
After that we got started to put the petal to the metal so
we could get to Barstow and cache since it has a few power trails near it! NOPE Another side trip for a few caches
turned into a few hour stay with tons of
fun and a few souvenirs purchased for
the families. Seligman the town that Radiator Spring got some of it’s
inspiration from was the highlight of the day for me. It was fun from start to
finish. This town is kind of a tourist trap for car buffs and Route 66 lovers
so I was in heaven. You really have to go to appreciate it.
So we would not get to Barstow early so why not go see the
London Bridge. So one more detour was added to the trip but was well worth the
time. The bridge was AWESOME and I was able to go off road with the car one
more time today. Sunset was great and
dinner at Panda finished the day off great. We spent a lot of time at and on
the bridge so it was getting dark by the time we left for Barstow.
We were halfway to Barstow from Lake Havasu when a cop
pulled out behind us. Man I thought not again I wasn’t speeding and I had fix
the license plate lights so I was sure he was not going to stop me. But I
wasn’t prepared for him to pass me going over 100mph. So nothing broke and no
cops today it was a good day.
Oil everywhere, detour, friendly law enforcement officer and
crazy hotel guy that kicked me out!
Well our trip started late because one of the riders showed
up after six so a little behind but no big deal. Had a few things to do before
we could leave town so off to get the last rider and the car washed before we
left. When we got to the car wash it was closed and the car was smoking like it
was on fire! So upon further inspection I noticed that when I changed the oil I
forgot to put the oil cap back on so it blew motor oil all over the engine.
Next we changed the plans 8 hours before we left and decided
to go to Potters Pond GC3B instead of Wyoming which would save us miles and
cost us time. This was the best thing of the day so far. What an awesome place!
We would love to come back with the quads some day. Also was able to get a new cache at over 9600 feet above see level!
Then it was off to the races! We were five hours behind and
no way to make it up so blasting down the road we went. With only a few stops
for gas we would stay only five hours behind until Hursh want to go to four
corners to stand if four states at once. NO WAY WE ARE SOOOO LATE! But since it
was on his bucket list we wasted another hour and twenty minutes so he can say
that he has done it, but we did not get any caches. So now we would not get into Winslow until 8pm
if we did not stop to eat. So 9pm it is
with full tummies.
So now it is ten to 9 and we are three miles from our exit
and along comes a nice police officer who stopped me because my license plate
light was out. This was kind of an ordeal since the day I left I looked at the
insurance card in my wallet and it was expired so all I could do was log into
my account and save a pdf file of temporary cards on my phone with the date
that I downloaded it and the valid dates for my policy. So while I was showing
him all that info he asked me if I was burning oil…..well kind of and I had to
tell the story of my stupidity to him. Then since I just got my new plates for
the truck and the car when I put them on the vehicles I left the paperwork on
my desk at home. Don’t worry it is probably safe and sound with the twelve volt
splitter I forgot also. So I had to take a walk back to the cop car with him so
I could give him all the info he need to bring up the fact that I was QUADS and
that this was my car and I was not sad enough to steal someone’s 96 Ford Contour
(don’t get me wrong I love the car but really I would steal something way
better). After a few minutes he gave me some paperwork for the license plate
lights and I will fix them on day two before we head for Barstow.
Then comes the fun of the night, a small little man who has
nothing better to do than try and ruin someone’s night. We arrived at the motel that I had book and
was suppose have been charged in full at time of booking. So when he tried to
charge my card again I asked about my reservation and told him they took my
credit card info and was suppose to charge my card since the reservation price
was nonrefundable and needed advance purchase.
Then he started to yell at me saying that I was calling him a liar and a
thief. WHAT?! No I wasn’t there was a misunderstanding and I just wanted to know what was up? So he
kicked us out of his motel???? That’s fine we got a room it was more money and
no breakfast but its all good. So if you are going to stand on the corner in
Winslow Arizona do not ever stay at Americas best value inn!!!!!
Long day so good night.
28 Hours straight in the car it was well worth it. INSANE
yes stupid NO!
The last two weeks have been very busy getting everything ready for the trip and life does not stop just because you are planning on going on an INSANE trip. While I have not got our profiles up for all to see who is truly Insane we should have enough windshield time to get something going for you.
I did find another way for you to ride along with us as excess baggage. You can follow us from this blog post on Google Latitude. During our trip the live tracker map will be enabled so all can see our progress along the way. I have limited coverage on our trip but when we are on major routes it should update.
So now you can follow us on Latitude, NeonGeo, and twitter.
To follow on NeonGeo you must enable friend follow and look for Grizz Rider, Quadsinthemudd and Globaltreckers.
How can you become a virtual passenger on the INSANE Train?
We have a few ways you can follow us. The first is globaltreckers is in charge of the twitter feed that we have just started. https://twitter.com/#!/InsaneeTrain also we use a android app called NeonGeo with friend follow so you can see real time on the map where we are. The Train will be in two pieces until we join up in Barstow on Saturday night. Just lookout for quadsinthemudd, grizz rider or globaltreckers on Neongeo to see our progress. Or for slow outdated info just keep watching our Facebooks and Google+ accounts.
So jump on board the INSANE Train and take the trip with us!
With only 16 days until we depart the station the crew of the INSANE Train is getting real excited! We are all in the final preparations for our journey with only a few loose ends to sew up.
So the crew is set:
Globaltreckers Madras, OR
Grizz Rider Clarkston,
We are coming from all over the Northwest to meet up and do
some INSANE caching over the Memorial Day weekend-ish. We are a group of cachers that before
Geocaching we did not know each other.
But now we can all come together in one big fat INSANE trip to enjoy
each others company. This is really what
the power trails are all about for me an adventure with good people. I don’t
think I would do them alone and I know for sure I would not have done more than
one. So this week I am going to
highlight the crew members of the INSANE Train so you can get to know us a little
And as with any power caching trip I have designed a stamp
to use on the logs, to save time and make a letterbox cache when I get home. We will also have shirts with our logo on it
so all will know that we are certifiably INSANE!!!
First I start off with Microsoft Streets & Trips to see how far the drive will be and what is going to be close. Then I set the fuel prices and MPG of the vehicle we are going to take so I know how much it will cost to take the whole trip but also how much it adds like if you want a side trip to add Wyoming. It gives me how much extra time as well as how much extra money that one cache/state will add to the trip to see if it worth it.
Then once I have the route close to set I add start to look it over on the live map in Geocaching.com or on Neongeo on my phone if I am not close to the computer so I can see how many caches are close and if there are any that I can't/shouldn't live without. That is how I found the HistoricAZ66 caches in Arizona. Also I add the top 40 caches by favorite points for each state so if we are close to a super cool cache we will not miss out.
So now we can see on the map some points of OUR interest without all the clutter. On S&T I can add departure times or arrival times to each stop so I know how long it will take to get to my next destination. With that information we know how many caches we have time to get without being late. We still will be late but at least we know we will :)
So without caches and potty breaks it will take us about 6 hours to go from Winslow AZ to Barstow CA. Along the rout we can use the times for any given direction to know how long it will take to get to our destination for the day. So lets say we cross into Cali at 5pm we can figure on getting in to Barstow at 7pm. I can also add caches to the route and give them an amount of time that we think it will take to find it.
So you can now see that by adding five caches burned up almost an hour on the clock and that is with only six minutes at each cache. That six minutes is from the time the car stops rolling to the time it starts rolling again. So you can see how time is very precious on these trips so better make it count when you stop. No light pole caches for us (unless it is at the parking lot of any place we stop).
I still have to go through the route and look at all the caches (within .5 miles of the route) to see if there is one we just have to get. this is a little time consuming but worth it if you ask me. I hate this part because I it shows me how little time we have and how many cool caches I want to get.
So as the trip planner the most important thing to plan for is the unexpected. It is like a budget, not set in stone because anything can happen at anytime, so all you can do is look at the plan and manage the time as best you can. So Steve this means no Mountain Dew on the trip! LIMITED POTTY BREAKS!!!!
I hope this helps anyone out there planning a Geotrip from a small one to an INSANE one.