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Official Results and Full Race Write Up

Rules, updates and statistics for the 2013 Cache Across America TB Race. Race Host - TDB1977

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Official Results and Full Race Write Up

PostAuthor: tdb1977 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:32 pm

With the stroke of midnight on January 1st, 2014, the Cache Across America Travel Bug race concluded. It was a highly successful race. Below, you will find a full write up on each racers progress in this years race and their final standing in each race. So, let's start the countdown from 29th to 1st...

29. Jeepin' Across America

Overall - 29th - -17.49 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 29th - -17.49 points

Leaving the starting line cache on December 28th should have been a big benefit for Jeepin' Across America, but it would provide very little help for this racer. They landed in Florida in early March and became trapped in a cache that would later be achieved. The racer got back in the race in November when the owner of the cache went and retrieved the container and placed it into its second cache. By early December, Jeepin' was placed into its 4th cache of the race. They were picked up in the middle of the month, and at this point, the race went straight downhill for this racer. Over the course of the last 16 days of the race, this racer was dipped 23 times, which caused all of their points to completely disappear. At the stroke of midnight on the 1st of January, Jeepin' was in the hole at -17 points. If they did not end up with all of these dips, they would have finished around the 22nd spot in the race. It was just a cruel twist of fate that happened to this racer.

28. CAA 2013 Wandering Woody '32

Overall - 28th - 5.54 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 28th - 5.54 points

CAA 2013 Wandering Woody '32 started the race off with all guns a blazing with a quick departure from the starting line cache on 12/28. They were placed into their one only cache 2 weeks later on the 13th of January. With the move, they were able to pick up 5.4 miles and were one of the earlier leaders. However, tragedy struck for this racer as it appears they were picked up from the cache and never seen again. What started out to be a promising race for this racer, soon ended as they were declared missing in late March. We kept holding out hope that this racer would show up again, but they never did.


27. In Honor of Joe

Overall - 27th - 24.71 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 27th - 24.71 points

In Honor of Joe started was picked up from the starting line cache on January 3rd. About a week later, they were placed into their first cache and picked up their first points of the race. A few days later, another pickup was made on this racer and they were on the road again. This racer continued to make slow but steady movements around Southwestern Pennsylvania through March. In April, In Honor of Joe appeared to be heading away from SW Pennsylvania when it was picked up and noted that the cacher who had it was heading towards the Harrisburg area for work. But they never made it to Harrisburg as they were dropped into another cache in the area. Things started to go south as this racer had no activity through May. In mid-June, this racer made reappearance and was placed into what turned out to be its final stop in South Park. The racer was picked up on July 9th, and it appeared that this racer was going to really get a moving, but it was never heard from again. An attempt to find out the status of this racer was made, but no reply was ever received and this racer was declared MIA soon after that.

26. North Pole Alf

Overall - 26th - 36.07 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 26th - 36.07 points

North Pole Alf departed the starting line cache on Christmas Day and 9 days later, landed into their first cache. Two days later, they were picked up again and were heading south towards West Virginia, where they were placed into their second cache of the race. Both of these moves gave North Pole Alf a good start in the race for mileage. Shortly after being placed into their 2nd cache, they were picked up and crossed into West Virginia, where they sat idle for some time. In March, they were placed into their 3rd cache of the race. It was picked up again and again sat idle. The idleness continued until late May when they were placed into a cache close to WVU. This turned out to be North Pole Alf's final move in the race. An email to the cacher that place this racer here was sent and they replied back with this was the cache they thought they placed the racer in. A second email was sent asking if they could go and check to see if the racer was still there, but we never heard back from them. Unfortunately, because of this, the racer was declared MIA.

25. Funky Munkey's Smokin Guns

Overall - 25th - 74.38 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 24th - 74.38 points

The race for Funky Munkey's Smokin Guns started on December 28th when they were picked up from the starting line cache and they made a beeline straight for Ohio. The racer sat idle for about 6 weeks before being picked up and brought back to Pennsylvania and dropped again. Again, this racer sat idle for several weeks before being moved again. This time, the racer was moved north to North Central Pennsylvania where it was dropped. By August, this racer was still sitting in their 3rd cache, but things would change very quickly for this racer. They were picked up on August 19th, and that began close to 2 months of constant dipping but moving between several states. Over the course of 2 months, this racer was dipped 24 times but the mileage it was picking up helped out, so this racer would not fall into the negative numbers. On October 29th, this racer was picked up one final time and dropped on November 10th in a cache in Indiana. This is where this racer has been ever since. Over the course of the racer, Funky Munkey's Smokin Guns made it to 6 different states on 29 different moves, which include all of the dips that occurred. If this racer did not have all the dips that it had, they would be a lot higher up in the field but the penalty hurt this racer significantly. This is not the only racer who will be dealt a bad hand from dipping either.

24. Traveling Pete

Overall - 24th - 80.34 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 23rd - 80.34 points

The start of the race for Traveling Pete did not start on the right foot. Before this racer knew it, they were in the negative numbers with two discoveries right off the bat. Things got a little bit better for this racer when they were picked up from the starting line cache in Mid-January. However, they were quickly hit with another penalty with a dip. Things slightly turned better for this racer when they were finally dropped off into their first cache. The move netted them some significant points when they were dropped off into a cache in Key West, Florida. This erased the negative points they had quickly. But things turned to ugly very quickly after that. The owner of the cache that they were placed in, did not spot this racer there and marked it as missing. 2 days later, the racer reappeared back in the race when the cachers that picked up this racer pulled it out of the cache finally. However, this was the last time anyone had seen or heard from this racer. Numerous emails to the cachers that had this racer were made. They replied back a couple of times and one of the final times, they said they would be moving it to California, but that move never occurred. Traveling Pete was listed as MIA and has been that way ever since.

23. Hoppin' Across America

Overall - 23rd - 87.9 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 22nd - 87.9 points

One of the first racers out of the starting line cache, Hoppin' Across America took close to a 3 month break before being placed into their first cache. Once they were placed, they found themselves in Florida. However, luck was not with this racer as they sat idle until November. It would have probably been longer, had the cache not been archived by the local reviewer when it was discovered that the cache was now on private property. The owner of the cache went out and picked up the container to only discover that this racer as well as another was still sitting in the cache. They placed this racer into its second cache in Florida the same day, but the racer has not moved since. Hoppin' Across America spent more time listed as MIA unfornatually then actually moving in the race this year.

22. Travel Bug Racer: Team RED

Overall - 22nd - 137.96 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 19th - 137.96 points

Travel Bug Racer: Team RED started their race on January 15th when they were picked up from the starting line cache. Before being picked up, they had 2 discoveries that started them in the hole. Those two discoveries were quickly erased when 2 pictures were posted of the racer at a lodge up in Ohio. After being dropped off into a cache in Ohio, they were picked up again and were on the move for the second time. 2 more pictures were taken and 10 more points were added to their score. At this point, Team RED went missing for almost 5 months to only reappear again. By this time, it was mid July. Needing points quickly, Team RED got that when they were moved to Oklahoma, where they were dropped into their 4th cache of the race. They were picked up at the beginning of August and never heard from again. The cacher that picked up this racer said they were going to get it moving, but they never did anything with Team RED. An email was sent asking for an update on this racer, but no reply was received.

21. Blinky

Overall - 21st - 150.07 points
CAA - T-8 - 100.00 points
Cache/Mileage - 25th - 50.07 points

Blinky had a slow start in this years race. While waiting to be picked up in the starting line cache, they were discovered twice, a common theme for quiet a few racers. Their day to leave the starting line cache came on January 27th. 4 days later, they were placed in their first CAA cache of the race, where they claimed first place for CAA-Indiana. When they were placed in this cache, they also had a picture taken. Points where quickly adding up for this racer with this one move. Almost 2 months later, they were picked up and moved again. This time, heading to Michigan. They ended up at a travel bug hotel and the owners of the hotel picked Blinky up and brought them back to Pittsburgh. There stay in Pittsburgh did not last long and by mid-April, they were dropped off into a cache in Minnesota. Upon arriving in Minnesota, Blinky's fortunes took a turn for the worse. They were quickly picked up and before long they were dipped all over the place, which resulted in a dramatic drop in the standings in the cache/mileage race. Because of the first place points received in the CAA race, Blinky's place in the overall race did not drop as far as it did in the cache/mileage race. Front late June to late October, they were dipped constantly. Finally on October 27th, they were dropped off in a cache, where they could try to recover from some of the points they lost. However, no one picked Blinky up from that cache and they have been sitting there since.

20. Bonzo's Traveling Road Show

Overall - 20th - 214.15 points
CAA - T-8 - 100.00 points
Cache/Mileage - 21st - 114.15 points

Another racer who had a slow start with 2 quick discoveries before leaving the starting line cache, Bonzo's Traveling Road Show made up with it when they departed on January 13th and placed in a cache in Massachusetts. About 2 weeks later, Bonzo was picked up and was on the move again. This time, their destination was CAA-Connecticut, where they picked up the 100 first place points for this state. After a short state in Connecticut, Bonzo was on the road again and heading towards New Jersey. He spent a couple months in a cache, and after an email to the cache owner, Bonzo was picked up and moved to 4th cache of the race. Bonzo was eventually picked up and ended up a reoccuring event in New Jersey where he stayed for several months. In August, he cut ties with the event and was brought back to Connecticut. The beginning of September brought Bonzo's final pick up of the race. Numerous attempts to contact the cacher that had Bonzo in their possession where made but they fell on deaf ears.

19. Team Jeffshly's Rolling Across America Travel Bug

Overall - 19th - 215.68 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 16th - 215.68 points

Team Jeffshly's Rolling Across America Travel Bug did not have the start to this race that they did not want. As with several others in the race, their first points where in the negative column from the two discoveries that took place. Those negative points where quickly replaced by positive numbers when their first move of the race brought them to Key West, Florida. By the end of February, Team Jeffshly was picked up and was on the road again. But negative points began to pile up on this racer as they were dipped all over the southern Florida Keys. After an email was sent to the cacher explaining that this racer was losing points for each dip that took place, they placed the racer into a cache in the central keys. On March 5th, Team Jeffshly was picked up again and was on the move. It took to the end of May, but they were placed again. This move was another big move as they were placed into a cache in Oklahoma. This was their second 1000 plus mile move of the race. June brought some more movement for this racer around Oklahoma as they were placed in a couple more caches. Their final big move was when they went to Texas. It looked like this racer was going to get an even bigger move to Hawaii from Texas, but the cachers that had this racer placed it in a cache in Texas instead. There, it sat until late September. With on final pickup and move in October, Team Jeffshly was placed into a final cache in Texas, where it is still sitting. In early December, a discovery took place on Team Jeffshly.

18. Friendly Racer from the Burgh

Overall - 18th - 246.08 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 13th - 246.08 points

Friendly Racer from the Burgh was able to escape the starting line cache before all the discoveries took place as they were picked up on December 28th. 2 weeks later, Friendly was placed into their first cache and they were off and running. As January turned into February, Friendly made their first big move of the race and ended up in Florida. By the beginning of June and no movement appeared to be happening, an email was sent the cacher that Friendly, trying to find out when they were going to place them. They wrote back and said they had sent the TB owner an email asking where this bug needed to go but never heard back from them. The race committee helped get this racer moving again and that day, Friendly was placed into their 5th cache. Later on, on the 20th of June, Friendly was picked up again and was on the move. Their next showing didn't come until the beginning of September when they were placed in a cache in Tennessee. This was their second major move of the race. By early October, Friendly was picked up again and was on their way further north. They were dropped off into a cache in Ohio. October came to a close with another pickup, and on November 2nd, they were placed into their final cache of the race. They have been sitting in the cache in Ohio since.

17. When is a monkey not a monkey?

Overall - 17th - 249.05 points
CAA - T-8th - 100.00 points
Cache/Mileage - 18th - 149.05

Being one of the first racers out of the starting line cache proved to be a benefit for When is a monkey not a monkey?. After being placed in their first cache shortly after the New Year, they were picked up and brought south. Monkey was the first racer to leave the State of Pennsylvania, when they landed in Louisiana. On the 16th of January, Monkey was picked up and on the 18th, they were placed in CAA-Louisiana. They were the first racers to also reach one of the CAA caches. Monkey's luck would soon run out as they were picked up on February 24th and placed into their final cache on March 15th. Numerous attempts were made to find out the status of this racer but there was never replied. If anything could be said about Monkey being placed into a CAA so early in the race is that, there would be no doubt others getting to these caches as well.

16. "mini" racer

Overall - 16th - 263.4 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 12th - 263.4 points

Another one of the racers that took on negative points before leaving the starting line cache, "mini" racer did not have to wait long to get back on the positive side of the ledger. After some prodding and some help by another cacher, "mini" was placed into their first cache in Washington State by April. This one move was one of the biggest in the race. Two other racers caught onto the trip to Washington State when "mini" took off for the west coast. Another couple of months went by without movement before they were moved again. Their final move of the race brought them to the Groundspeak Block Party in August. "mini" has been listed as being at this event ever since.

15. purple pen TB racer

Overall - 15th - 295.94 points
CAA - T-11th - 75.0 points
Cache/Mileage - 15th - 220.94 points

Purple pen TB racer was another one of the unfortunate racers to take a hit at the starting line before leaving. They were one of the last racers to be picked up from the starting line cache, but when they were picked up, they were brought directly to CAA-Arizona. They were placed here with another racer, and because both logs came in within seconds of each other, each racer was awarded 75 points for being first to this CAA cache. While sitting in the cache and waiting to be picked up, purple was discovered a couple more times, which resulted in a few more points lost. Finally, on the 24th, they were picked up and on the move again. They were placed on the 28th of February and then spent the next 3 months in the hands of a cacher. They were finally placed into there 3rd cache in May in California. This resulted in another significant move for this racer. By the end of May, they were picked up and were dipped in several caches around the northern part of the state and on the 29th of May, they were placed again. Later that day, they were picked up again. This was the last time we heard from this racer. Several attempts where sent to cacher that had this travel bug, but they never replied back. It looked like this racer had a chance to go far, but their race was cut short unfortunately.

14. Touring Trolley Bus

Overall - 14th - 303.1 points
CAA - T-11th - 75.0 points
Cache/Mileage - 14th - 228.1 points

Leaving the starting line cache with the last group of racers, Touring Trolley Bus was in a slight disadvantage over the rest of the field. That disadvantage was quickly erased as they jumped the first flight to Arizona and landed into CAA-Arizona with purple pen TB racer. Because both of these racers landed at the same time, both racers received 75 points for this CAA cache. Touring got picked up in the middle of February and was off to their second state of the race, California. After being placed in their 3rd cache, Touring was lost for most of the race. It was thought that this racer was gone for good as no sign of the racer was ever seen. Finally, on the day after Christmas, Touring made a return appearance in the race. Later that day, they were dropped into their 4th cache of the race where they finished the race. This was another racer that met another unfair fate, with it going missing for most of the race. It was nice to see the racer reappear at the end of the race and grab a few more points before the midnight finish.

13. Jock's Army

Overall - 13th - 330.04 points
CAA - 7th - 150.0 points
Cache/Mileage - 17th - 180.04 points

With a quick departure from the starting line cache, Jock's Army headed south to get away from the Pennsylvania winter that was in progress at the start of the race. By the beginning of March, they made their first landing in Florida. They ended up in the same cache as Jeepin' Across America and Hoppin' Across America but they did not suffer the same fate as these two racer. They were grabbed for the cache after being found in a different cache in July. They were next moved north to North Carolina where they stayed for close to a month before moving again. There next move brought them South Carolina, where they ended up in CAA-South Carolina. They were the second racer to reach this cache, so 50 points where awarded to them. They remained in CAA-South Carolina until the middle of September when they were picked up and were on the move again. This time, they claimed CAA-North Carolina and the 100 first place points that goes along with being first to this CAA cache. Jock would spend the next several months of the race here until they were picked up on 2 days before Christmas. No further movement took place with this racer after this pick up. Jock's Army had a pretty good showing in this year’s race, despite sitting idle for large chucks of time.

12. Dog Tag Dog Tag

Overall - 12th - 365.85 points
CAA - T4th - 250.00 points
Cache/Mileage - 20th - 115.85 points

Dog Tag Dog Tag received an early departure ticket out of the starting line cache when they were picked up on January 3rd. Almost 2 weeks later, they were placed into their 1st cache of the race. Sitting for just about 1 month, Dog Tag was picked up and moved further away from the starting line and on March 16th, they were placed into their second cache. They would sit idle for just under 3 months before being picked up again. One their next drop, they began a series of drops into CAA caches. For the next 2 months, Dog Tag was dropped off in CAA-Maryland (first place and 100 points), CAA-New Jersey (second place and 50 points), and finally CAA-Delaware (first place and 100 points). Sitting in CAA-Delaware for almost 2 months, they were picked up and where quickly moved westward with a dips in Maryland and Ohio. Each move between the dips where greater than 150 miles, so the dip penalty was pretty much erased with the distance that was added on. Dog Tag was placed in mid-November in a cache in southwestern Ohio, where they finished the race. Dog Tag showed how valuable the CAA points where in this race with being able to add 250 points, which helped propel them into the 12th spot overall in the race.

11. Lightspeed

Overall - 11th - 466.85 points
CAA - 6th - 200.00 points
Cache/Mileage - 11th - 266.85 points

A slow start in the race for Lightspeed resulted in a couple of discovers to start the race off. But on January 13th, Lightspeed broke away and was on the road. They made a bee line to Massachusetts, where they landed for their first cache. 9 days later, Lightspeed was picked up and rushed out of New England before the big blizzard hit. They found their way down to coastal South Carolina where they were dropped for their 2nd cache in the race. 2 weeks later and Lightspeed was back on the road again, ending up at CAA-South Carolina for their next stop. They were the first racers to reach this CAA cache and they claimed the 100 first place points. Mid-March came and they were picked up again. The cachers that had Lightspeed posted that if all goes well, this racer will end up in CAA-Georgia next. And on April 4th, that is exactly where this racer ended up, scoring the 100 points for this CAA cache. Lightspeed didn't spend long in CAA-Georgia as 2 days later they were picked up again, and this time heading north. They were dropped off in Michigan in the middle of May. Lightspeed made one more move in the race and on May 18th, they were dropped off into their 7th cache. After this drop off, they never made another move again. Numerous cachers made the find on the cache where this racer was sitting, but not one of them picked up, discovered, or made any mention of this racer being here. It was as if Lightspeed vanished into thing air. Notes were posted and an email was sent to the cache owner but nothing was ever turned up on this racer. They were later listed as MIA.

10th. CAA Racer - USA Home of the Free

Overall - 10th - 534.78 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 9th - 534.78 points

As with so many others in the race, the start for CAA Racer - USA Home of the Free, was brutal. 2 discoveries before leaving the starting line cache had them sitting with -10 points. Luck turned for them as they were picked up on January 11th and they were placed into their first cache in Washington State on February 7th. Over the course of the next month or so, USA Home of the Free had a couple of pictures taken once they left their first cache. The pictures helped erase the -10 points they had accumulated at the beginning of the race. They were dropped into their 2nd cache in mid-March. By the end of April, they were picked up and placed into their third cache. USA Home of the Free then made their way to the lily pad with a stop in at GC Headquarters where they were picked up and taken on a trip to Colorado before being placed in June. Over the course of the next several months, USA Home of the Free made a few short trips in and around the Denver area. Then on October 1st, they were picked up and brought east again. They were placed into their 9th and final cache on October 9th. A couple of discoveries later, USA Home of the Free was picked up by a cacher with the intentions of taking this racer south. Those intentions never came to realization as the cacher never placed this racer anywhere and USA Home of the Free ended the race in their possession. Numerous attempts to reach out to the cacher that had this racer were never answered. This racer probably had a decent shot at moving well into the top 10 if they had gotten place another time, but that is all merely speculation now.

9th. Godspeed

Overall - 9th - 572.53 points
CAA - 13th - 50.00 points
Cache/Mileage - 10th - 522.53 points

Godspeed took off from the starting line on December 28th and didn't look back as they crossed the country numerous times in this years race. They were placed into their first cache in February and appeared to not be going anywhere after this move. They were picked up and on the move again in May. They were placed into their second cache back in Pennsylvania in May. Another slow month for this racer took them into June and they were moved to their 3rd cache. Finally, in August, action picked up quickly for this racer as they caught a flight to Las Vegas. At this point, the next several months turned into a whirlwind, cross country trip. The end of August, they were picked up in Vegas and 5 days later, they were dropped in New York. After sitting for a couple of weeks, Godspeed was picked up and taken to South Dakota, where on October 2nd; they landed in CAA-South Dakota. They picked up the 50 second place points for this CAA with this placement. On October 4th, they were picked up and then began to visit numerous states and caches through dips. On this dipping tour, Godspeed went to Minnesota, back to South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas. They were placed into their next resting spot on October 24th and before they knew it they were back on the road on October 26th. They were dropped back off in Colorado on Halloween. 10 days later, they were picked up again and on their longest dipping run of the race. From October 26th to Christmas Day, they were dipped almost 25 times around Colorado. These dips started hurting their score as they were not picking up enough points from the mileage to out weight the dips. This resulted in a drop in points but not in the standings luckily. They finished the race sitting in Colorado after a pretty exciting second half of the race.

8th. RaceWinner

Overall - 8th - 747.03 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 8th - 747.03 points

As one of the first racers out of the gate, RaceWinner had a quick start to the race. That quick start came to a complete stop as they sat in their first cache for close to 5 months. Finally on May 17th, they were picked up and on the move again. It took another 3 months before they were dropped into their 2nd cache, but this move proved to be big. They landed in Louisiana next. This helped vault them up the score board quickly. After a couple of dips later, they were placed in there 3rd cache of the race. On September 1st, the fortunes of this race changed big time and on September 14th, they were dipped over 4000 miles away in Hawaii. Their next placement didn't occur until they were in Washington State. So between drops, they picked up just over 6800 miles. In November, RaceWinner was grabbed by the current cacher that has them. Over the course of the final two months, they have been dipped all over southern Washington and northern Oregon. As the race came to an end, they were last dipped in Washington. If they did not pick up all of these dipping penalty points, they would probably be in the top 5 or close to the top 5 in the overall race.

7th. TDO's Moose Across America

Overall - 7th - 779.62 points
CAA - 14th - 25.00 points
Cache/Mileage - 7th - 754.62 points

TDO's Moose Across America started their adventure in the race with an early departure of December 28th. TDO unfortunately saw no race activity for the next 2 months while it was in the process of traveling to Florida. When it arrived in Florida, they were dropped off in their first cache and picked up their first points of the race. At the end of the month, TDO was picked up and appeared to be lost. Months went by and numerous attempts to reach out to the cacher feel on deaf ears. Finally on August 17th TDO made an appearance back into the race when they were dropped off in Seattle, Washington for Groundspeak Block Party. In their first two moves, picked up over 3000 miles along. While at the Block Party, they were discovered numerous times and with each discovery, they lost 5 points. The discoveries finally quit and TDO was picked up for their third long distance run. This time, they were brought back east and visited caches in New Hampshire and Quebec before being placed in a cache in Maine. On September 8th, they were picked up and were taken to an event in Maine. From the event, TDO was dipped into the CAA-Maine cache. Because they were dipped and not placed into this cache, they were not awarded any of the qualifying points available for the CAA cache. They were eventually dropped off in CAA-Connecticut. They would be the third team to reach the CAA in Connecticut, so they picked up the 25 third place points available. On October 24th, TDO was picked up and appeared to be heading towards CAA-Rhode Island but the cachers that had them reported that they could not find this cache, even with the help from the cache owners. They decided to move TDO westward and they finally placed TDO in New York on Halloween. TDO's final move of the race occurred on November 10th when they were picked up.

6. Ham, Pork, Bacon...Yummy!

Overall - 6th - 1013.94 points
CAA - T-4 - 250.00 points
Cache/Mileage - 6th - 763.94 points

Ham, Pork, Bacon...Yummy! was one of the more active racers in this years field. They had periods of inactivity, but most of the time, they were on the move. Their race started on December 28th when they were picked up and on the road. By mid-January they were dropped off in their first cache. They had to wait about 6 weeks before they were picked up again, but when they were picked up, they were brought to Ohio and dropped off into their second cache on March 3rd. At the end of March, Ham, Pork, Bacon, was picked up again and were ready to head for CAA-Ohio, but at the time, the cache had gone missing again so the cacher got it placed as soon as they could. They were then picked up and placed in several of the earth day events around Northwestern Ohio. On May 26th, they were placed into their first of three CAA-caches in the race. They were placed in CAA-Michigan and picked up the 100 first place points. On June 1st, they were picked up from CAA-Michigan and a week later, were placed into CAA-Indiana. They were second to the CAA-cache in Indiana and were awarded the 50 2nd place points. At the end of June, they were picked up again and were on the move. At this point of the race, it appears they were placed at Midwest Geobash, as this is where they were received from. On August 18th, Ham, Pork, Bacon, where placed into their final CAA cache of the race when they were placed in CAA-Ohio. They were again the first racer to reach this cache and were awarded the 100 points. The very next day, they were picked up and on the 30th, made their cross country trip to California and placed in a cache there. Ham, Pork, Bacon, did not wait long and were moving again and September 8th, they were placed into a second cache in California. By October, this racer made it to their second Mega-event of the year as they were retrieved from Geocoinfest in Las, Vegas. Ham, Pork, Bacon, made it to Wyoming in late October. They were placed in one final cache in late November and finished the race sitting here.

5. Just Ducky..

Overall - 5th - 1031.91 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 3rd - 1034.91 points

If you want to talk about a racer that benefitted quite well with a lot of dips and not get hit by the penalty that much, Just Ducky would be that racer. They spent most of the race getting dipped all over the place, but with numerous trips between Texas and New York, the penalty for dipping was pretty much not an issue for this racer. They where one of the first racers to leave the starting line cache on December 22nd and were placed into their first cache on Christmas Day. Just Ducky then sat inactive until March when they were picked up and moved to their second cache of the race. Ducky was picked up in the middle of March and placed in Central Pennsylvania. On May 25th, a log came in stating that Ducky was picked up in Florida at GeoWoodstock and was on the move again. A lot appears to have taken place for this racer, but it was never logged properly so we don't know how it got to Florida from Pennsylvania. Ducky was then taken north to New York where they were then placed on June 1st. Ducky's issues with the dips began shortly after this placement as they were retrieved on June 12th and spent the next month being dipped all over New York. Ducky would sit idle then until the middle part of September. They were picked up on the 19th and dropped off again on the 21st. Upon being picked up again on September 25th, Ducky would then spend the next 2 months bouncing back and forth between Texas, Oklahoma, and New York, where they made 7 trips of greater then 1000 miles during this time frame. They were finally placed into a cache on November 2nd and they would sit there until their final pick up on December 22nd.

4. CAA Racer - Red K's Adventure

Overall - 4th - 1462.0 points
CAA - Unranked
Cache/Mileage - 3rd - 1462.0 points

A slow start, numerous dips in several Great Plain states, sitting in a travel bug prison, and a move Down Under would be how one would describe the race for CAA Racer - Red K's Adventure. As with many racers in the race, before evening being picked up Red K's Adventure was discovered twice and lost 10 points. But finally on January 11th they were picked up and were off and running. February 2nd brought the first cache for this racer as they were placed in Washington State. They were picked up again on February 26th and on April 4th, they were dipped in Colorado. The dipping continued for the next 10 days as they went to 4 states before being placed into a cache back in Washington State. Red K's Adventure was then picked up again on April 14th and on June 7th, they were placed at the Lily Pad in Seattle. While sitting at Groundspeak Headquarters, they were discovered a few times. Finally on June 18th, they were picked up and moved south to Oregon originally. They were dipped in a couple of caches here and on June 24th, they were placed into a cache in Idaho. They would sit in this cache for 4 months, the whole time getting discovered and watching their place in the race drop slowly. Numerous emails were sent to the cache owner to go and see if they could pick up this racer but those emails appeared to have gone onto deaf ears. Finally, the wishes for this racer were answered when the cache owner pulled this racer on October 17th. One final dip and this racer was then off for a trip to Australia, where it was placed into its final cache of the race on October 27th. Though the 950 points helped this race in the standings, it literally too this racer out of the race for getting to any of the CAA caches. The racer would sit into this cache until the stroke of midnight to ring in the New Year.

3. Lucky Stripes

Overall - 3rd - 1485.55 points
CAA - 3rd - 455.00 points
Cache/Mileage - 4th - 1030.55 points

Lucky Stripes had some lady luck on their side in the race with visiting 6 CAA caches in the race, while picking up 13 states on 33 moves throughout the race. Their race started on January 5th, when they were picked up from the starting line cache and whisked to Arizona to be placed into their first cache on January 29th. They sat idle for a few days, until they were picked up and moved to north. They were then dropped off into their second cache in late March. In early May, they were picked up and on May 14th, they were placed into CAA-Arizona. They picked up the 50 second place points available for this cache with this move. Upon being retrieved on June 7th, they would travel to Florida and then to the central plains via numerous dips. Finally in July, they ended up being dropped in and picked up in 3 more CAA caches. They picked up first place points for New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Kansas. On June July 15th, they were placed into their 5th CAA cache when they were placed in CAA-Missouri. With this placement, they picked up 100 more first place points. They would not move again until August 14th, when they were picked up and move to Wyoming. On the 15th of August, another move occurred for this racer when they were brought to Utah. 3 days later they were picked up again and this time they were heading east when they visited a few caches in Indiana, North Carolina, and finally Kentucky. On September 15th, they were grabbed from an unknown location and proceeded to enter the state of Indiana. They were placed on September 16th. They moved a couple more times into October in Indiana. They reached their final CAA cache on October 27th when they were placed in CAA-Indiana. They did not receive any of the big point totals for this placement as first, second, and third had already been claimed. They received 5 extra points for reaching this cache. On December 24th, they were picked up and on December 26th, they were dropped off into a cache in Michigan. Their race was not over yet as they were picked up and dipped into two move caches on New Year's Eve. They pretty much raced right up to the stroke of midnight.

2. Lucky Penny

Overall - 2nd - 2050.04 points
CAA - 2nd - 1225.00 points
Cache/Mileage - 5th - 825.04 points

Isn't a penny considered good luck? Then if that is true, then Lucky Penny was definitely lucky in this race. They picked up 16 states over the course of the race on 25 moves. Most of their moves during the race was going between CAA caches on two separate trips. One trip through the New England states and a second trip through the upper Midwest. Their race began with a quick departure from the starting line cache on Christmas Day. They were then placed into their first cache later on that day. They sat idle in this cache until May when they were picked up and brought south to GeoWoodstock in Florida. Lucky Penny was then moved back north to New Jersey and placed into their third cache on June 2nd. They would sit here until August 5th and on August 14th, they landed into their first CAA cache of the race. They were placed in CAA-New Jersey where they picked up the 100 first place points here. Later that day, Lucky Penny was picked up and the very next day they were dropped off in CAA-Rhode Island. Again, they picked up 100 first place points for this CAA cache as well. They would sit idle in CAA-Rhode Island until September 8th, when they were picked up and later dropped into CAA-Connecticut that afternoon. Second place for Connecticut was claimed with being placed here. On September 20th, Lucky Penny was picked up from CAA-Connecticut and at this point, went CAA crazy. September 21st brought to Lucky Penny first place points for CAA-Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The 22nd they continued to stake first place claims to CAA-New York and Pennsylvania. They were not done yet with the CAA run they are on. A trip to Florida where they were dipped on October 2nd before taking off to the Upper Midwest for more CAA glory in the race. October 5th dawned two more CAA caches for this racer. They claimed first place in both Illinois and Iowa. On October 6th, Lucky Penny went to Wisconsin (second place - 50 points), Indiana (third place - 25 points), and Michigan (second place - 50 points). They finally lost their ride on this tour of CAA caches the next day when they were placed in CAA-Ohio but it was still good for 50 second place points. On October 12th, Lucky Penny was picked up and was dipped a couple of times in Ohio before being placed in Massachusetts on October 26th. November and December were slow months for this racer as they were picked up in Massachusetts and dropped off in New Hampshire. Their final move of the race took place on December 5th when they were picked up.

1. Smokin' Em Up Across America

Overall - 1st - 5483.37 points
CAA - 1st - 1450.00 points
Cache/Mileage - 1st - 4033.37 points

Smokin' Em Up Across America took a 5 point penalty at the beginning of the race when they were discovered on the 5th of January. They soon left the starting line cache on January 10th and placed into their first cache on January 16th. They were then picked up on February 10th and taken north of the border to Canada, where they sat idle for several months after being dipped in a couple of caches. They reappeared back into the race when they were dropped off on May 12th. They were picked back up on May 16th and at this point, spent the next 5 months being passed back and forth between 2 cachers while traveling all over the United States, picking up 15 CAA Caches, including ones in Alaska, Hawaii, and the series finale in Washington DC. On October 28th, this racer was dropped off into their final cache, the CAA finale in Washington DC, where it is still sitting to this date. Out of all of the CAA caches Smokin' went to, they scored first place points in all but one, where they scored 2nd place points at CAA-Maryland. The 269 pictures taken for this racer also helped them out as they got 5 points for each picture that was taken of them. Most stops along their journey netted them 4 to 8 pictures each time.

And that concludes the 2013 Cache Across America Travel Bug race. You can follow the link below to the full standings. I would like to thank each and everyone one of you that enter this years race. I hope that you are all able to come out to the race end event on February 8th in South Park. Prizes will be handed out this day. The next race will be officially announced at this time as well. Again, thank you all for participating this year.

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Re: Official Results and Full Race Write Up

PostAuthor: carawannababes » Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:24 pm

:mrgreen: Just want to say Thank-you Tom for the amazing and ever diligent job you did keeping track of each of the racers....not sure if i will be at the event but either way i will be there in spirit again thanks :compress:

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