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Cache suggestions for my IN-IL-WI route?

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This May, my friends and I will be taking a trip from Ohio to Wisconsin Dells, WI, and I'm eager to find interesting caches along the way. We'll be taking I-74 to I-65 to I-90.

 

I especially enjoy interesting/ homemade containers. Try to avoid long walks or multi-caches, as we'll want to get to our destination in good time. Thanks in advance!

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Wisconsin doesn't allow geocaches at rest areas. It's a real bummer. I'm interested in the IL/WI ones as well. :)

 

The only cache I found along that route was a LPC at an oasis in Illinois - the Des Plaines oasis, I think. It was nothing to write home about, but it was a good cache to dip my TB into for the miles.

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Greensburg, IN (right off 74) has two virtuals. Continuing on 74 you get to Shelbyville next, which has a couple ECs and a relatively quick Wherigo. Rotten but not Forgotten was a fun traditional cache there. There's also a park and grab letterbox, Indiana Benchmark Series - Letterbox Hybrid, with a really nice stamp. Indianapolis is next and has quite a few virtuals, including one of the best in the state, His Favorite Niece, located in Crown Hill Cemetery, where one could cache in all day with all the variety there. Downtown has quite a few virtuals and a couple ECs too. There's also a virtual at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Quite a few ECs to do in the area too, as well as some hit and miss letterboxes. A fun traditional is Indy's Largest Cache. Heading up 65 you get to Lafayette next (other places come first but only average caching along the way). Three virtuals, some ECs and a longer but really nice Letterbox centered around a Purdue grad, Neil Armstrong. Downtown/ Main Street USA: Lafayette, IN is a fun traditional. At the state park just a bit north is a virtual as well as some nice ECs. This area (particularly north of Lafayette) has lots of challenge caches on country roads. There really isn't much of note the rest of the way, but I haven't really cached in the area north of Lafayette frequently enough to get a better idea of what you can find. Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

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Greensburg, IN (right off 74) has two virtuals. Continuing on 74 you get to Shelbyville next, which has a couple ECs and a relatively quick Wherigo. Rotten but not Forgotten was a fun traditional cache there. There's also a park and grab letterbox, Indiana Benchmark Series - Letterbox Hybrid, with a really nice stamp. Indianapolis is next and has quite a few virtuals, including one of the best in the state, His Favorite Niece, located in Crown Hill Cemetery, where one could cache in all day with all the variety there. Downtown has quite a few virtuals and a couple ECs too. There's also a virtual at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Quite a few ECs to do in the area too, as well as some hit and miss letterboxes. A fun traditional is Indy's Largest Cache. Heading up 65 you get to Lafayette next (other places come first but only average caching along the way). Three virtuals, some ECs and a longer but really nice Letterbox centered around a Purdue grad, Neil Armstrong. Downtown/ Main Street USA: Lafayette, IN is a fun traditional. At the state park just a bit north is a virtual as well as some nice ECs. This area (particularly north of Lafayette) has lots of challenge caches on country roads. There really isn't much of note the rest of the way, but I haven't really cached in the area north of Lafayette frequently enough to get a better idea of what you can find. Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

 

Gosh I wish I could hit all of those! But I'm pretty sure my friends would abandon me in downtown Indianapolis if I tried to drag them to that many caches.

 

But this is very good info, thank you!

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If I HAD to choose a couple, I'd choose His Favorite Niece and Indy's Largest Cache of the two in Indy. The Greensburg virtual with the tree in the courthouse is worth a quick stop too. The Shelbyville LBH is quick and fast, although not right by the interstate. You'll see it as soon as you pull into the private business lot, for which the CO has permission.

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If I HAD to choose a couple, I'd choose His Favorite Niece and Indy's Largest Cache of the two in Indy. The Greensburg virtual with the tree in the courthouse is worth a quick stop too. The Shelbyville LBH is quick and fast, although not right by the interstate. You'll see it as soon as you pull into the private business lot, for which the CO has permission.

 

Luckily, I've already got those on my list! But I'll make sure to give those caches in particular more priority.

 

Hopefully I can convince a few friends to take a few days coming back, staying in Chicago and maybe Indy on the way back. More time to explore, and more time to cache, both on and off the road!

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You can drive right next to His Favorite Niece. Indy's Largest is about a 5 minute walk and then you have to find the three numbers on the cache to unlock it. Should take from 15-30 minutes from car to cache and back to car. Greensburg virtual is no more than 5 minutes and the LBH in Shelbyville is about a 10 minute drive from the interstate. You should find it as soon as you pull in. Make sure to do it during daylight hours. Enjoy your trip and feel free to contact me if you want any other suggestions or help.

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