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Monday, April 22, 2013

Geocache Adventures: Tunnel Rat

Today I headed out to find a cache that on a map is in the middle of the road... without crossing any lanes of traffic.
Another way to look at it is that I decided to beat the heat wave by heading underground.
I can report success for both these goals.

The cache in question requires traversing a storm drain tunnel under a 4 lane divided boulevard. I have never done a cache like this, and being a large sized dude, storm drain spelunking seems to go against the general comfort zone of confined spaces, but I figured, whats the worst that can happen?

The entrance to the tunnel

I was able to walk upright in the tunnel, but it didn't give me a lot of headroom. The floor was dry and cracked. At several points other 2 ft pipes joined the tunnel - I assume these lead to grates in the road way above. Surprisingly one cannot really hear the traffic driving above.

The cache was half way down the tunnel - a small bison tube hanging from some wire - and once found I continued to the far side to see what was there. So if you've never seen the far side of a large storm drain tunnel before... here is one example:

The other side - definitely more "urban" scenic.

My sample size of one says: always go to the other side - you never know what you will discover.
This article was written by Dave DeBaeremaeker. If you liked this post please feel free to check out some of his adventures and hi-jinks on his personal blog: Only Googlebot Reads This Blog.


Kevin Bloodhounded said...

For some strange reason, the one thing I like about geocaching the most, is it gives you a reason to do things that you normally wouldn't do. Like climbing into man holes, mine areas, caves and of course as you so clearly show here, storm drain tunnels. I am a total tunnel rat brother! Right on!

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