41835Re: What the heck HiDude_98
- Aug 21, 2013Paul,
Congrats on this amazing adventure. I am in owe.
Arnaud - SoaringEagle.
--- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, Paul Albers <palbers@...> wrote:
> Hehe, this one made me smile!
> Love the story about the guy flying back from New York sitting next to
> Chris asking about
> TBI. I do miss our caching adventures. I hope they start back up on day!
> Thanks for all the wonderful words. I'm blessed to have my week each
> year that I can go
> totally insane with caching.
> This last trip we cached 20+ hours each day, in 120+ degree heat. We ate
> one meal each
> day and then we only stopped for fuel. The two of us went through 150
> bottles of water
> and 160 bottles of gatorade over those 8 days. Two of the days we still
> ended up getting
> dehydrated. The soles of the shoes of Tombmaker! actually melted through
> to the cloth
> lining. We both lost around 15 pounds. We call it the road trip diet. It
> took me over a month
> to plot every cache, the precise order, when to stop for fuel, drinks,
> etc... I had two hotels
> planned and then it was, "if we got lucky, we found a hotel", but often
> times we just slept in
> the jeep. We jogged or ran when we could to each cache.
> This year, we were trying to outrun a massive lightening storm in the
> dark. Eventually a massive
> fire was started just behind us from it that is still burning towns have
> been evacuated from. Guessing
> many of those caches we found may not survive the fire. We got great
> video of the fire until we
> were 'politely' escorted from the area. The week before we were in the
> Mojave desert, they had
> .79 inches of water. Doesn't sound like much, but in the desert, that is
> huge. They hadn't seen that
> much in decades. Well, that meant that many of the routes I had planned
> were washed out. We
> ended up having dig paths in many spots to created paths through the
> trenches the water created.
> It was intense! It was FUN!
> That just scratches the surface of an epic journey, and I'm not lying or
> exaggerating. Sometimes
> it takes unbelievable feats to reach what appears to be exaggerated
> I hope to tell more stories of our adventures when I see you at an event.
> We found 4450 caches during the 9 days. We cached in NV and ID. We got
> flat tires on both 4x4s
> that we had, out in the middle of the deserts. Only thing that almost
> stopped us was when I had
> a long barb of the desert yucca plant drive through my forearm. It was
> an ugly scene, but we are
> both EMT trained and had a full first kit. It was put to good use and we
> pushed on. :)
> Sorry, I ramble. It was epic!
> Thanks again everyone!
> Cacherats! wrote:
> > I tell people and they literally think I'm lying or over exaggerating.
> > They just can believe it!
> > Christa
> > (Cacherats!)
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