On September 3rd, 2017, four geocachers will depart from Moncton, NB, Canada on a journey that will take them across all 48 states over the course of 13 days.
This trip was inspired by another group of cachers who did all 48 states in one week.
Originally, the four of us were just going to pick a random place in the USA to go caching for a week or so. But after hearing about the group that did all 48 states in a week, we got inspired to do our own version.
Why? Because we’re four geocachers who get along and want to have the trip of a lifetime together across the United States.
Our trip is broken in 10 “legs”. Each leg covers a specific distance and area with a target destination in mind. At the end of each leg, we take a minimum 6hr break to sleep, wash up, see the sights, and regain some composure. Some of those legs are longer than others and some of our layovers are considerably longer than others but in the end, we end up back in Moncton during the evening of September 16th.
The legs of our trip are:
- Portland, Maine to Chicago, Illinois
- Chicago, Illinois to Bismark, North Dakota
- Bismark, North Dakota to Seattle Washington
- Seattle, Washington to San Francisco, California
- San Francisco, California to Las Vegas, Nevada
- Las Vegas, Nevada to Amarillo, Texas
- Amarillo, Texas to Pensacola, Florida
- Pensacola, Florida, to Washington, DC
- Washington, DC to New York City, New York
- New York City, New York to Moncton, NB, Canada
Those legs also consist of several notable stops and extended layovers including:
- The newly re-activated APE Cache in Washington state
- Groundspeak HQ
- The stash plaque in Oregon
- 12hr layover in San Francisco
- 2.5 day “pause” in Las Vegas
- 1 day “pause” in Washington, DC (mainly to get all those virtuals)
- 12hr layover in NYC
We will be leaving Moncton for Portland, Maine on September 3rd and begin our journey on the morning of September 4th.
Originally our route also included the four most western Canadian provinces but we opted to skip those as we didn’t want to cross the US/Canadian border multiple times.
All of the legs and layovers are subject to change depending on how the trip goes. In some cases we may opt to skip a layover entirely if we simply want to continue on the road.
Keep an eye on our latest cache finds map and location history to get a feel for where we actually are.