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cache type Great Trojan Crypto Cache cache size

by Eltee1
(Finds: 7  Score: 25)    (Hidden: 4  Score: 16.5)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 44.190'   W 073° 41.268'
This may not be the actual cache coordinate.
Green Island,   New York   12183
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 14 Feb 2004
Waypoint (Landmark): N01078
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Multi-Part
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps gps (moderate)
Terrain: gps gps (easy)

Misc: Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!

Comments:

Maps are queued for generation.
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A multi part virtual tour of historic Troy, New York followed by a regular cache at the end.


This is the first crypto cache for our area. In order to find the final real cache, you will need to locate the 13 virtual caches first and copy the appropriate letter down from the instructions of each virtual. These letters, put into the order you are told, will create a KEYWORD for the decryption of the cipher. This is a VIGENERE cipher and you can either manually use the attached Vigenere Square to decode the encrypted message or you can use one of several pieces of software and or websites that will decode it for you once you enter the proper keyword.
I hope you enjoy your tour of Troy and learn a few things along the way. There are so many more interesting and beautiful places to explore in this historic city so do this cache when you have plenty of time to take in the sights and maybe find some other places along the way to check out as well. It can be done anytime of year with each season offering its own unique experience at many of the various locations you will see.

I welcome pictures of your adventure as well but please do not post any pics that give any of the virtual answers away.

The following 13 virtual locations can be done in any order, however after you plot them all on a map, I’m sure you can figure out the best route to take so as to not have to backtrack several times. Most of the coordinates were taken from a car and put you close enough to each location as to best see the information you are looking for. For numbers 4, 7, 10, 12, & 13, I’d suggest parking and walking to those. Also the Troy Vistors Center is right in this area too with lots of great information and suggested tours of their own. Loads of other interesting places all around this great area! None of the coordinates will put you right on top of the virtual cache itself except the final location in the encrypted message. That coordinate may also be slightly off as I wasn’t picking up the best reception the day I placed it, but finding the cache wont be that hard once you get close. I’ll update this on the next really clear day to improve the accuracy.

For the first character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 44.190 W073deg 41.268
At this location, find the sign on the roof of the small bldg here and copy down the forth letter of the word on this sign.

For the second character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 43.873 W073deg 41.045
At this location, find the vertical sign/banner on the north side of the bldg here (above and to the right of the door) and copy down the third letter of the second word on this sign.

For the third character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 43.705 W073deg 41.544
At this location, find the monument here to this historic figure and copy down the first letter of the first word on this front of this memorial.

For the fourth character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 43.872 W073deg 41.573
At this location, find the sign at the intersection here noting a special event that took place here and copy down the first letter of the first word on this sign.

For the fifth character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 43.219 W073deg 40.821
At this location, find the brown govt sign near the overlook here and copy down the fourth letter of the third word of the second to last line on this sign. Got that? Clear as mud huh? Sorry.

For the sixth character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 43.273 W073deg 41.400
At this location, find the sign at the on the south side of this really interesting and unique bldg and copy down the first letter of the first word of the second line on this sign.

For the seventh character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 43.937 W073deg 41.531
At this location, find the memorial here with a silhouette on it and copy down the first letter of the first word of the second line on this memorial.

For the eighth character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 46.114 W073deg 40.737
At this location, find the small monument here and copy down the first letter of the first word of the third line on this monument.

For the ninth character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 44.373 W073deg 41.219
At this location, look straight up and see the road sign for the street above you. Now copy down the first letter of the third word on the sign.

For the tenth character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 43.899 W073deg 41.491
At this location, find the tall memorial here and locate the corner stone on the east side of the monument and copy down the first letter of the first word on this corner stone.

For the eleventh character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 42.636 W073deg 39.886
At this location, find the blue and yellow state historic sign and copy down the third letter of the first word of the sixth line on this sign.

For the twelfth character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 43.969 W073deg 41.408
At this location, find the memorial/statue here and copy down the last letter of the first word on the foot of the front of this monument.

For the thirteenth character in the 13 letter keyword go to: N42deg 44.010 W073deg 41.410
At this location, find the memorial here with three plaques on a wall and copy down the first letter of the forth word of the first line of the left (western most) plaque on this memorial.


Okay so now that you’ve completed most of your virtual tour of Troy……decrypt the message below using the keyword and Vigenere Square and go find the real cache and log your find.


MBVIBEKVLCDMFXFVQGSEUOVRIWSAINMETIEIYXF
XBZVRJFVRVIXNYQMIBIVTFQEVKIFQZZSZOTPSRVPVDGJIIP
WGCXQOEWUOZVOTJBIVNROTOIJUHKBXPXVVGZSZOTUSBKGBNQEV
LODGBEGSAMVBIV


Please remember to close the container tight when done and cover it as best you can so that it is not exposed to anyone casually walking by. Thanks and I hope you enjoy this hunt.


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I found it! 28 May 2004 by  MapLady  (Finds: 35  Score: 131)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 24)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

This cache was so much fun and I got to see so much of Troy. I was here for 2 days for a workshop, so I started getting some of the locations the first morning. After a couple I was pretty sure I knew the keyword, but the locations I had visited were so interesting, I decided to try to visit all of them so I could see more of Troy. I got most of the rest that evening and decrypted the clue. The next morning before the workshop I went to find the cache (and I did find the rest of the locations that afternoon before I left Troy). I took a I Love NY pin and left a Yuengling bottle opener. Thanks soooo much for this cache.


 

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