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Anyone interested in a "Coffee Positioning System"?

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We've been geocaching for about six months now, and always hit the Tim Horton's before a cache run (and sometimes between caches, too!). It occurred to us that a link between the two was inevitable - thus we've hit on the "Tim Horton's Coffee Positioning System"! icon_biggrin.gif

 

The general idea is that there are over 1,000 Tim's around the country (Canada), and wouldn't it be nice to just punch up a website to find the nearest one when you're on a cache run (or vacation, business trip, etc.)?

 

We've only got about a dozen so far, but will soon be posting a website for the project where others could send in coordinates. It should be live in a few weeks, once we get the forms, etc. sorted out.

 

So, my question to all the Canuck Caffeine Fiends out there is: would this be useful to you and would you be interested in participating? Please post a follow-up and let us know. icon_smile.gif

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Yes - I would like Tim's locations as part of the "points of interest" in my GPS V. Every other conceivable restaurant, take-out etc is. For some strange reason the folks at Garmin have left out all coffee/donut shops.

No - I would not want to clutter-up my user waypoint file with all those locations. I have enough trouble maintaining an orderly geocache waypoint list as it is. Besides during an average cache-hunt trip I probably pass a Tims every 10 minutes or so.

Keep on cachin' and buying double/double, Olar

 

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I also replied to the General thread, but here I go again - I would contribute coords to your website - Tim Horton's was the 2nd waypoint I marked when I first my GPSr (house 1st of course). You wouldn't need to store them all Olar. If you were going out of town, say to a hockey or ball tournament, you could just replace your current Tim's coords with destination coords, or even create a TH route for longer trips. We can't seem to cache without a stop at Tim's first! Happy caching,

 

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While I would be interested in participating, I wouldn't even know where to begin.

Within a 15 minute walk from my house, I can count at least 5 locations. There might be hundreds around here! They might even out-number gas stations (considering several gas stations have Time Hortions in them), I wouldn't be surprised.

 

I once considered driving around and buying a single Timbit from each of them, but I've never been that hungry!

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Originally posted by KathyNPeter:

We've been geocaching for about six months now, and always hit the Tim Horton's before a cache run (and sometimes between caches, too!). It occurred to us that a link between the two was inevitable - thus we've hit on the "Tim Horton's Coffee Positioning System"! icon_biggrin.gif

 

The general idea is that there are over 1,000 Tim's around the country (Canada), and wouldn't it be nice to just punch up a website to find the nearest one when you're on a cache run (or vacation, business trip, etc.)?

 

We've only got about a dozen so far, but will soon be posting a website for the project where others could send in coordinates. It should be live in a few weeks, once we get the forms, etc. sorted out.

 

So, my question to all the Canuck Caffeine Fiends out there is: would this be useful to you and would you be interested in participating? Please post a follow-up and let us know. icon_smile.gif


 

I've been wishing for something like this for a while. The idea led to another concept:

 

Why should we pay tonnes of money to Garmin et al. for POI (Points of Interest)???? Why not have a site like Geocaching.com that lets people upload waypoints for things like Tim Hortons, or ANYTHING... a GeoEnabled search engine.

 

The idea would be that you could download all the _________ (Fill in with your favorite store, historical monument, subway stop, Yellow Submarine, etc etc) in an area of your choosing!

 

Like I said, this is something that I've been dreaming about for months. I've got the ability to do alot of the work but I'd need hosting support.

 

Cheers,

 

Rob

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Rather than creating a website on your own how about contacting Tim Hortons and convincing them to add a "location finder" to their website listing coordinates in a downloadable format. We geocachers could help provide them with accurate waypoints. I'm sure they would be so grateful that they would give us a special geocachers discount card and full privileges in special geocachers only express drive-thru lanes. Other retailers would scramble to be next for our free services. The possibilities are endless.

Olar (Where's my double-double)

 

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This is a great idea. Haveing been a military driver for 15 years I know were too many of them are LOL! It would make my passengers happy if I could home in on the nearest one.

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I like Olar's idea about getting on to the Tim Horton's page; perhaps we will approach them once we get more details worked out and a prototype up and running.

 

Will keep y'all posted! icon_smile.gif

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Originally posted by KathyNPeter:

I like Olar's idea about getting on to the Tim Horton's page; perhaps we will approach them once we get more details worked out and a prototype up and running.

 

Will keep y'all posted! icon_smile.gif


 

My wife's a manager of a Tim's (That's why I married here icon_wink.gif ) And we've discussed the idea. It MAY be possible to get a list of all of the Tims but I'm doubtful. I figure that part of the fun would be everyone going and getting the coordinates of their favorite tims anyways.

 

Cheers,

 

Rob

Mobile Cache Command

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