The Best Laid Plans: Thwarted by Aliens

9 09 2010

Out north of Las Vegas is a stretch of highway with no cel service, no services, and no crossroads. There are now over 1000 caches along a 100 or so mile stretch of it between Alamo and Tonopah, each about a tenth of a mile apart. I set out with a posse to do the whole run in one shot.

Well, the best laid plans of mice and men, as the saying goes… we got a great start and had ton of fun, but at Alien #353 (I think), my car started displaying a number of check engine warnings. We had to get the car towed back to Vegas.

We did get 355 caches in 5 hours. Our slowest hour was 48 and our fastest was 90!!

I also got to meet some other cachers doing the run behind us – a group from Pennsylvania. I look forward to reading their stories and those of my compatriots.

E.T. 001

Speaking of them, although our mission got derailed, our fun did not. Their attitudes and comaraderie were what the trip were all about. It was a day and half of geosilliness at its best!

Albackore, Team Perks, and RobbDogg:

We encountered an ancient life form:

It’s really called the E.T. Highway:

We loaded up on food and water:

There’s nothing out there but scenery…. and stars! There is no other light for miles and miles, so after the sun went down, the sky was brilliant and the constellations totally clear.

Even though we didn’t get through the whole run, we broke out the champagne anyway while we waited for the AAA guy to arrive:

After we got my car back to Vegas, we rented another one to drive back to LA. The next day, another geocacher, FishPOET, made a very generous offer to drive me back to Vegas to pick it up on his flat bed trailer that he uses for his Jeep! He is my hero
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It was such a relief to be able to get my car serviced at my home dealership. It turned out to only need a simple computer reset, probably from the short starts and stops we were making. Either that unusual driving pattern messed up the system…. or it WAS the aliens…

This series is really an ultimate adventure and challenge. We will return, though, later in the fall, to grab the rest of them!

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9 09 2010
oldweeb

Andy & Robb holding hands, Elin hugging a pole, a “GEO” sticker on the ET Highway sign. What’s the hobby coming to?!

9 09 2010
SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 – EMC’s Extraterrestrial Adventure « Dweeb's Diatribe

[…] 1,000+ closely packed caches on the Extraterrestrial Highway. Read her description of the trip: ET Highway.Here’s a picture of what really happened to cut their trip short:I hope that the group is […]

10 09 2010
SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 – EMC’s Extraterrestrial Adventure « Dweeb's Diatribe

[…] 1,000+ closely packed caches on the Extraterrestrial Highway. Read her description of the trip: ET Highway.Here’s a picture of what really happened to cut their trip short:I hope that the group is […]

10 09 2010
chaosmanor

Despite that fact that we are numbers people, I’ve thought that it would be fun to take a weekend and do as much of that series as could be gotten in a day. Sharon wouldn’t go for it, though, so it would either have to be me on my own, or with others. The thing is, I would want to do the alien face in the middle of it, so anyone I went with would have to want to go for that, as well. Some day, maybe… Good luck when you go back!

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