MAY 28, 2011 – Route 66, #800

May 28, 2011

While my Acer laptop was being repaired in Texas I went on another 500 mile daytrip to find the last 172 caches in the Route 66 series. The morning began unpromisingly with rain all the way from Pasadena to Devore.
I’m glad that I trusted the weather.com forecast because after the Cajon Summit the skies were clear. Two hours later I was back on Route 66.

Multiple previous trips showed my maximum sustained solo speed to be about 35 caches per hour so I didn’t push for another record. I took more time to appreciate the desert.

A commemorative brass plaque at Cadiz:

A non-series cache Route 66 Pit Stop #1 (GC69CD) offered a short uphill hike and a nice view.

As I signed the log I heard sirens below then a loudspeaker demanding that the owner of the silver Prius (that’s me) come out. I knew that I was legally parked and NOT trespassing so I was curious. I climbed down and saw 2 CHP cruisers with lights flashing and 2 annoyed officers behind my car. It turned out that a commercial was about to be filmed and that that section of the highway was being closed. Fortunately for me, the next unfound series cache was several miles down the road.

Here’s the commercial film crew. A few days later I read in another cacher’s log that the CHP stopped her team for the commercial and then escorted them through the zone, bypassing 10 caches in the process. It’s strange that they didn’t catch up to me later.

After clearing the commercial zone, car traffic was very light. As always there were many trains.

I’m all for cachers having fun with rocks, even when they make dummy geopiles. But this crossed the line!

My only DNF was a non-series cache at this old well. I should’ve searched longer but I started to feel run down.

With only 97 caches to go I threw out my back while getting out of the car. Rapidly getting sicker and with a sore back I managed to hobble to only 24 of them. Even those were made harder to find by the increasingly rocky terrain. I forced myself to find the last 6 in a row. Then I spent 15 minutes at #800 admiring the celebratory creations of happy cachers. Fun stuff. The short rest made me feel a little better so I found 8 more post series caches before going home.

Thank you Team Stevecat. I’ll eventually go back to find the 700’s that I skipped.

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