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The home stretch, part 3

March 4, 2017

09-09-09 Cloud Nine continues its stunning comeback at the eleventh hour, as it adds Malaysia and Brunei to our list of visited nations (#47 and 48). It takes the lead in countries and is breathing down the neck of the mileage leader. 

Keep in mind that all this activity is taking place on the other side of the International Date Line, so log dates will be misleading. The race ends at 12 noon March 5 2017 CST.

The home stretch, part 2

March 3, 2017

Racing SWAT Truck was placed in a cache in Washington called Dr. Scholls. Here's a photo:

After spending a sleepy 11 months in Kansas, GoLD Farm's Traveling Pig suddenly woke up and went to Michigan.

The home stretch, part 1

March 3, 2017

Wow! With less than 2 days to go in the race, 09-09-09 Cloud Nine was picked up by a cacher (a pilot, maybe?) who has cached in 50 countries, and hopped from London to Portugal to Germany to Singapore! The overall mileage lead may be in danger (Kartchner Caverns, with 48,978, is only 1,252 miles ahead). Kartchner also held the most countries visited lead with 11, and now 09-09-09 Cloud Nine has tied for the lead. Here's to an exciting finish! (By the way, Singapore is our 46th visited nation.)

 

Weekend highlights, 2/26

February 26, 2017

Becca's Way has journeyed to mainland England after touring the Isle of Man. According to the cache logs, it crossed the Irish Sea by ferry boat. We'll see if this racer is dropped on the island of Great Britain or returns to the Isle of Man.

JB's Racing Heart visited the cache at the tri-state boundary corner of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. The virtual there is listed as being in Oklahoma, while the physical cache is in Missouri. There is an old monument there, in addition to this surveyor's monument:

The well-traveled Race Me! changed hands in Luxembourg and was brought back to Belgium. Race Me! has been to four continents:

Scamper the Prairie Dog made it to Washington, the sixth racer to visit the Evergreen State.

 

 

Nations 43-45: 09-09-09 update

February 25, 2017

One week left in the Great TB March!

We're catching up with 09-09-09 Cloud 9 Multievent's adventures. After it left Finland in late January, it visited Brazil, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, and then the previously noted Barbados. 3 of those island nations are new to the race, so that brings the total of worldwide national visits to 45. Then it was on to the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores (as previously noted), and then all the way to southwest England. This grand tour takes 09-09-09 Cloud 9 up to second place in total mileage, and up the charts in national visits, with 9. Here's a photo from a TB summit in Barbados:

Nation number 42: The Bahamas

February 21, 2017

Mileage leader Kartchner Caverns has logged the race's 42nd national visit, with a trip to the Bahamas. Looks like a great caching spot in February.

2-week recap (part 3)

February 20, 2017

Adventure point leader RBMAN'S Dog Tag has added another US state to its list, California. It's currently seeing the sights in and around Hollywood. It has a commanding lead in adventure points at 1,560.

Total adventure points earned by all racers? 5,438. Well done!

2-week recap (part 2)

February 19, 2017

Mileage leader Kartchner Caverns is about to take a big leap again. According to the logs a trip to the Bahamas is about to commence, which would give us our 42nd national visit. Looks like this amazing racer, which has logged the APE cache in Brazil and even been to Antarctica, has more tricks up its sleeve. Stay tuned!

As soon as it was in a tie for 2nd place (with Bouncing Tigger) in visited US states and territories, Mom & Little J's Event added one more with a trip to Maryland.

Paracord Man has returned to Germany after a long tour of Slovakia. This racer went overseas just a month into the race, and has changed hands 14 times.

Race Me! has returned to Luxembourg from its trip to Spain. 

2-week recap (part 1): Texas' oldest, Portugal

February 19, 2017

2 weeks left in the Great TB March! We do have a few items on our wishlist:
- The only continent unvisited is Australia.
- Despite being very nearly visited and even sometimes surrounded, there are some European countries left unlogged. Sweden, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are among those. 
- The only US states unvisited are Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
- The remaining US territories unvisited are American Samoa, Guam & the Northern Marianas.
- While we've covered the Caribbean pretty well, there are still some more ports of call we could log. For example, we've been to the Haitian side of Hispaniola, but not the Dominican Republic.

09-09-09 Cloud Nine unlocked our 41st nation with a visit to Portugal. This racer spent some quality time on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores.

Bouncing Tigger jumped into New York and New Jersey to log his 21st and 22nd states, tying for second place with Mom & Little J's Event. Six racers have logged New York state (and three have visited New Jersey), but none of them logged New York City while there. Scamper the Prairie Dog came closest, but even that was way outstate.

Caching USA is the latest racer to log Germany, the tenth racer to do so. Caching USA lived up to its name for the first five months of the race, but has spent the time since in Europe. Germany is this racer's 6th national visit.

Guru's Yellow Rubber Ducky logged Wisconsin. JB's Bug Will Travel is keeping a fairly low profile lately, but still has accrued 1,442 adventure points.

JB's Racing Heart has done something its accomplished sibling JB's Bug Will Travel has not done -- logged the oldest cache in Texas! 3 caches from 2000 were on this racer's list this past week including Tombstone, the oldest in Texas. 

Island hopping in the Great TB March

February 5, 2017

There's an impressive list of islands that have been logged in the race. Here is just a partial list:

Cayman Islands
Falkland Islands
US Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands
Power Island (Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan)
Ireland
Isle of Man
Great Britain
Hispaniola (Haitian side)
Jamaica
Cozumel
St Maarten
Mauritius
Cape Verde
Barbados
St Kitts & Nevis
Puerto Rico
Mallorca
Crete
Rhodes
Mykonos
Patmos
San Pietro
Murano

Kauai

Oahu

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