510california geocache rally
- Sep 23, 2008the cat is out of the bag!
betsy fessler (the buggy bunch) and i spent sunday scouting-out a rally course for the central california coastal area.
you heard right: i'm planning a geocache rally for california!
unalike the rally i used to produce in nevada this rally will not be the exclusive territory of 4-wheelers. in fact, several times during the scouting trip that we took yesterday, betsy said: "this road would be great in a sports car!" indeed, the roads we traveled on would be great to tour in a sports car, roadster, street rod, sedan, truck or even motorcycle.
the new, as yet to be named, rally will be similar to the rally i used to produce in that it will be geocaching-based and will be a friendly competition. but, instead of being a navigational rally, each turn of the route will be given to every team. the challenge in this rally will be finding the caches.
now, before you die-hard off-roaders think the cheese has slid off of my cracker for producing a strictly paved rally: hold on!
did you not see that betsy of the buggy bunch was part of this operation?
there will be a section of 2-star dirt road with an alternate paved section for those who may not want to rip the underside out of their bugatti veyron (most geocachers own a veryron, right?) out from underneath them. both paved and unpaved sections will have caches of equivalent value.
there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to pull of an event like this, so keep an eye out for future announcements.
at this time we are looking at a mid-march date, but that may change as we look at what's on our plate.
it will also be a while before we can begin accepting entries as we do not know what we are going to have to charge for entry fees; we still need to find out what insurance is going to cost us, what porta potties are going to cost, etc.
we also need to find out what gc.com is going to require from us since this is a new rally, not one with a history.
what we do know: the giant compendium of rules used in my previous rallies is not going to be used. look for the rules to fit on something slightly larger than the head of a pin. there will be rules but they will not be difficult to understand and have a great time. most rules will be regarding motor vehicle rules and how the rally is scored.
we also know: even though this rally is going to be much simpler to run than my previous rallies, we are still going to need a handful of volunteers to make it run smoothly. one such volunteer we need is somebody who can score, or create an easy to use scoring software, for us. since the rally and rules will be much simpler, so will the scoring.
we still have a lot of work to do but a lot of time in which to do it.
i just wanted to put this out there and let you know what is on the horizon.
and to whet your appetites for adventure: i have uploaded a few pictures to my online photo album.
oh, and here's a little tease: we are already looking at a route much closer to the bay area for a second rally. and since this type of rally is much easier to prepare and produce, we are even discussing doing two events a year; one down around the central coast and another up around the bay area.
i hope you will be able to join us!
carmel valley ,ca
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