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  • arnaud.geo
    Aug 21, 2013
      Paul,

      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
      > numbers.
      >
      > 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!
      >
      > -paul
      > HiDude_98
      >
      > 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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