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Old 02-08-11, 09:11 PM
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Bikes and Geocaching?

I guess I'm kind of a nerd because geocaching is a blast to me. Just wondered if anyone else enjoys it. And if you have ever combined it with cycling. Maybe routing a path from cache to cache.

Does anyone else enjoy these hobbies together?
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Old 02-08-11, 09:34 PM
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I haven't but think it would be a great idea. I am looking for a geocaching group in my area now
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I do some geocaching in my area, and when on business trips. Limited with time though. Just bought a Garmin 62ST this past summer ... way better than what I had been using.
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And here I thought it was just me. I started geocaching recently (December) and I estimate >75% my finds are from the bike. I usually plot the distance I want to travel, and then pick a cache to find at the turn around point. Works pretty well. I've explored side streets that I would have never looked at before; even if I were wandering on a bike anyway. At first, I kept forgetting to bring my trade stuff, especially a writing utensil.
I particularly enjoy the challenge of not reading the hints. I just download the co-ordinates of the standard caches in my riding area onto my GPS and keep an eye on the map when I am riding. If I feel like taking a break when I'm near a cache, then so be it.
It's kind of a long term game for me. If I attempt a find without success, I'll just check it out online on my next go-'round and enjoy a ride to the cache again on another ride.
I am certain that the addition of geocaching has increased my average riding/mileage.

I picked up a Garmin eTrex Venture for $100 -brand new- and I couldn't be happier with this device for a beginning cacher. Picked up some rechargeable batteries and a bike handlebar mount to complete the kit.

If I'm still an avid cacher next year, I'm going to upgrade hardware for ease of other cache types and upgrade the membership at the geocaching site for the additional features that will streamline my geocaching data/finds.

So far, geocaching is a blast!
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Old 02-08-11, 10:19 PM
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Mango-Come on up or down to Baltimore and we can find the 7 in town on our bikes (Bmore sucks for caching).

Alf-I just picked up a Garmin eTrex Legend for $50 off of Craigslist. I'm on a tight budget and it's great. That and the iPhone app is all you need. I just took a trip from Bmore to NYC and got some all along the way. My user ID is the same on Geocaching.com as it is on here. I'm still a noob over there but will be in triple digits as soon as it warms up some around here.

Rocker-Nice find on the GPS. I live in the city so my finds will all be close and mostly on my fixie. I find that riding in the city is stressful so I'm always up for a break when I get near a cache.

On a little different note me and three buddies incorporated it into a 90 mile canoe trip and it was a blast. Four days, 90 miles and 10 geocaches later we had traveled from High Springs, FL to the mouth of the Suwanee River at the Gulf of Mexico.
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Old 02-09-11, 12:05 AM
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I found a catch one, by mistake. I was @ the trail head and there was this funny looking pvc pipe screwed to the back of a tree... I looked into it and there was a plastic bottle inside... I opened it and saw a bunch of names and dates...

Now, the place was kinda remote and I knew nothing about geocatching... I thought it was a hide out where some serial killer was keeping a list of his victims. I brought it home to google the names so I could get the correct police number and report it... google came in with the geocatching thing.

So I added my name and took it back.
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Old 02-09-11, 01:03 AM
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I also just started geocaching recently! Since that crazy snowstorm dumped a big load, the roads are narrowed, and I have been trying to avoid cycling until it is cleaned up better. I have been riding with a Garmin Edge 305 on my bicycles/ motorcycle for about a year now, and had not geocached with it until about a month ago. This is strange to mention to a bunch of strangers, but placing a small note inside a cache, was the most creative way I ever asked a lady to be girlfriend... It was a success...

I cannot wait for some warm weather!!!

RubenX--- Nice job with the Juanes in your signature!!!
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I do both, and have combined them. I purposefully created a route for an afternoon ride where I went out by bike and found 6 or 8 caches along the route.
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Old 02-09-11, 08:45 PM
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Ruben--wow, 30+ cigs a day? How in God's name (sorry for any offense from the God reference) did you ever get on a bike and not pas out? Or do you just ride with one hanging from your lip?

+1 on the snow ruining outside fun. I'm from FL and can't wait to get back because I don't have cold weather riding gear. And in FL you can ride in bibs and a jersey for about 9 months a year..... I like warm weather. It's good for bikes and caching.
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Old 02-09-11, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by lucky53s View Post
Mango-Come on up or down to Baltimore and we can find the 7 in town on our bikes (Bmore sucks for caching).
Sig..says FL. When are you in Baltimore? I can't imagine caching in the city...eerrgh
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Old 02-09-11, 09:16 PM
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I live in Bmore right now. I moved up here last August and will be staying here for a year. Truthfully, I can't wait to get back to FL.
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Old 02-09-11, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by lucky53s View Post
I live in Bmore right now. I moved up here last August and will be staying here for a year. Truthfully, I can't wait to get back to FL.
I don't blame you. I just moved from Catonsville (Bmore County) last year.
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My boss lives in Catonsville. At least you could ride there a little. In the city it's not very friendly. That won't stop me this summer once I send my car back to FL with a friend to get ready for the big move home.
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Ruben--wow, 30+ cigs a day? How in God's name (sorry for any offense from the God reference) did you ever get on a bike and not pas out? Or do you just ride with one hanging from your lip?
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Not to hijack the thread but but yeah... I would ALWAYS carry a pack and a lighter with me while on the rides. I would ride & smoke on occasions, provided that NOBODY was nearby so their high-powered-intervals would not be affected by going trough a glorious cloud of smoke. Normally I would stop for a smoke break and (if on a trail) get out of the trail/park grounds.

After starting with the long-distance cycling I found out that cravings decrease with distance. I read somewhere it has to do with some make-you-happy endorphins that are released during endurance sports. I did 90Mi once, on 12h, and smoked like 1/3 of what I would smoke in 12h @ home.

I haven't ride with the vapor thingie yet.

Back to topic... any linkies for geocatching sites/groups? I think it could be fun... yet another motivator to start riding again.
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Geocaching.com for sure. It's a good site and free if you want it to be (kind of like this forum). I wish it was a little easier to hook up with other cachers. I guess there are some get togethers that get posted but I don't have friends up here that do it so I don't go to them by myself.

Feel free to hijack. This thread made it through 13 posts before anyone tried. And for Foo that is pretty good.
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There are tons of caches all with in riding distance of my house. My kids and I have ridden around and found most of them. The caches with tradibles are the most fun.
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Geocaching is more fun with one friend or your family. Having a huge group kind of takes away the fun, IMO. My girlfriend and I have done some together, and with just two people seraching once your at the location, its fun We do it as exercise too, since all of the ones here you have to walk in and around a park to get to...
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Dang this weather. All this reading about caching is making me want to go out and do it right now. I just downloaded a geocaching app for my phone. We'll see what it's all about soon.
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The wife likes to geocache. We usually just hike around, but have used our bikes a couple of times. I'm not that much into it, but I have to admit we have seen some pretty interesting scenery that otherwise would have been missed.
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My girlfriend is gonna love this idea. I kinda dated a girl a few years ago who was really into geocaching, I just haven't thought of it since then.
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Old 02-12-11, 01:37 PM
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My gf can be into it if the weather is right. She barely even goes outside when it's below 40. And in Baltimore it has been below 40 since......December. I can't wait for warmer weather.
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