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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.
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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.





1 comments:

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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