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1-Moore c/s

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1st Biking/Caching Trek of 2010

It was great to get back on the bike on Sat. pm for a caching trek - especially after a week of cold rain. It has not been a great week due to a leaky roof that has already been repaired a couple of times and then to top it off, the jukebox suddenly went on the blink.

I set out to park at Sams Burger joint around 1pm. The plan was to grab around 15 or so smileys up Broadway to the Terrell Hills area. This is about a 15 mile round trip. Should make for a nice productive ride.

On the way I called Ryan to check up on him. A lady passed me and yelled "Your bike fell off!". Great! So I started to back track on IH10 and another guy passes me and tells me the same thing. I pulled off and found the bike hanging from the rack without any damage. Maybe my luck is changing.

Finally got to Sams about 1:30 pm and headed toward my first hide - "3 in 1". This one was just put out this week, but pir2^3 had already grabbed it the day before. The hint was right on, but it took me the better part of 25 minutes to find it. I worked my way up to Incarnate Word to get the San Antonio Springs Earthcache. This used to be a virtual called Bluehole. Then up Broadway to pick up a few quick finds - Broadway Bus Stop, Island Kids Kache. I considered doing the Piece of Cake multi, but Ryan and I had already been there and the folks in the shopping center didn't seem to cooperative, so I head up to one I've a lot about and wanted to get off my bucket list - Barney Smiths Toilet Museum. This was quite a treat and I spent way to long talking to Barney. I left a pre-911 Twin Towers key ring momento on his Cache #4. This is the first swag item to be put on this cache.

It was already after 3pm when I got to the McNay Museum area to grab the Alamo Heights Travel Bug Exchange, the virtual at McNay and the McNay Geocache down in the woody area. It was pretty soggy after the rains- very unique container. It's interesting how some cachers take such pride in creating really great containers.

I continued up New Braunfels to check out the Sunset Ridge Multi. I'm not crazy about multis, but thought I give this one a few minutes. I rode right up to the redirector and then went right to the final, which I had encountered in Port A. This might have really been tough, but I had already seen both these techinques. A security guard came by with a greeting. He didn't stick around, maybe because I was in my orange vest and looked like I was doing something official.

Next I grabbed In the Meadow in an alley. I gave Bamboo Forest a try, but no luck. I just didn't feel too comfortable rummaging around this alley. Heading back I came back a young boy selling hot chocolate in front of his house - $.25/cup. I gave him $1 and just after that his dad, who was making the stuff inside, came out and told him they were sold out.

I made it back to my truck around 5pm and discovered I had lost my sunglasses along the way. Still, not a bad afternoon. I grabbed about 11 smileys, got some exercise, visited with Barney Smith and finished with a nice glow.