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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the luck I've been having caching lately, you guys don't want me on your team!
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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are we still on for 7:00 Thursday night?
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JT
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moe the Sleaze wrote:
Are we still on for 7:00 Thursday night?


As far as I know we are still on. I will be there at 7 sharp.

-JT
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JT (aka KC0QEG) wrote:
As far as I know we are still on. I will be there at 7 sharp.

I have no life outside of geocaching so of course I will be there Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2004 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moe the Sleaze wrote:
Are we still on for 7:00 Thursday night?


See you tomorrow.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what are we bringing and what route are we taking?

I have the stove, two propane tanks for it (probably won't need even a whole one), and the large cooler (in addition to my own crap). Do I need to bring anything else?

What route are we taking? JT said last night straight down through IA then over and down again... Are we taking the shorter route back?

Did we decide for sure on the bikes?

Bill
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
So what are we bringing and what route are we taking?

I have the stove, two propane tanks for it (probably won't need even a whole one), and the large cooler (in addition to my own crap). Do I need to bring anything else?

What route are we taking? JT said last night straight down through IA then over and down again... Are we taking the shorter route back?

Did we decide for sure on the bikes?

Bill


OK.... Using DeLorme Street Atlas here is what I have come up with for the route down....

Minneapolis South to Mason City to
Cedar Falls to Cedar Rapids to
Iowa City over to Kewanee South to Springfield
Through Saint louis and down to Hawn State Park.

As for the route back, we could go straight north up into WI and across, but that is up to the group.... Ideas???

Sounds like Silent Bob has the camping crap squared away.... The only other thing I think that might be nice to have with is a Colemn gas lantern. Since we might not roll into the camp until after dark, etc....

Bikes are a go, I was hoping to try the carrier last night at the event, but since towelbooth was a no show..... He and I should probably meet up sometime this week to give it a whirl.

Thoughts?
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JT (aka KC0QEG) wrote:
Sounds like Silent Bob has the camping crap squared away.... The only other thing I think that might be nice to have with is a Colemn gas lantern. Since we might not roll into the camp until after dark, etc....

I only have a flourescant lantern for my tent. Someone else will have to bring the propane ones for outside.

Bill
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How far from the route are we willing to travel to get caches? There are 70 caches within 1 mile of the route on the way down (from the border of MN/IA to the event itself)
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.lazylightning.org/20040319.gpx

It has a route w/70 caches on it. They are all within 1 mile of the route that S&T drew up for my address to the campground at Hawn State Park. Even though it is a route you can just use EasyGPS like you normally would. It will send all 70 waypoints and they will be accessable like any other cache info.

Now, you fancy fools w/your blinging GPSs that read extended info. This is only going to show the waypoint name. Sorry, S&T doesn't keep it as nice as a GPX from GC.com.

Let me know if that is acceptable.

Bill
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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can bring a bow saw if we think it might be handy for cutting up kindling.

I plan to stop at AAA tomorrow (not AA) to pick up a set of tour books. If nothing else, they may help us find places to eat along the way.

I've got a bad headache tonight so I don't feel up to fiddling around with the gpx files but I'll check them out tomorrow.

And finally... The Arrow weather forecast for Saint Louis later in the week is starting to look up!
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rickrich
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
http://www.lazylightning.org/20040319.gpx

Now, you fancy fools w/your blinging GPSs that read extended info. This is only going to show the waypoint name. Sorry, S&T doesn't keep it as nice as a GPX from GC.com.


You *could* use one of my tools written in that awful shell and awk to convert your list of cache ID's to GPX with the cache name and URL also in it.

First, make a file 'gids.txt' with just the GC.... cache ID's in it. Then:
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$ geo-gid -ogpx -Otrip.gpx `cat gids.txt`

Note those are backquotes.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rickrich wrote:
You *could* use one of my tools written in that awful shell and awk to convert your list of cache ID's to GPX with the cache name and URL also in it.

My GPS doesn't show that info anyway and you read too much /.

Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As promised, I picked up some AAA tour books and road maps this noon. I know, I know, paper maps are obsolete, but I'd like to see you use your GPSr or laptop for kindling!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moe the Sleaze wrote:
As promised, I picked up some AAA tour books and road maps this noon. I know, I know, paper maps are obsolete, but I'd like to see you use your GPSr or laptop for kindling!

Thanks Moe.

I will have the GPX for the return route probably done tonight or possibly tomorrow. I am going caching w/Tixer tonight and doing some cleaning/laundry so the route caches might take a backseat.

Moe did you get my email yesterday?

Bill
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