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    Default NY I-84 miles 3 and 17, I-90 mile 18. PA I-476 mile 100

    These were inspired by clues on Floor 9 - or so I thought.

    I set out to check mile 100 on I-476, thinking I had multiple clues to confirm the mile 100 and Bear Creek location. Nothing. Even the rest area was closed. I had been so sure about my evidence that I pulled over into a service drive at mile 99 and walked back through the mile 100 sites on both sides of the highway. There were lots of ticks, and I know that tics could be clock-related, but I didn't see anything that looked like a marker or a dig site.

    On the way home, I stopped at I-84 mile 3 in NY (eastbound side). This is a small turnout, and there are literally five trees in it. They are surrounded by asphalt, and there would be no way to dig near their bases. No pentagonal marker on any of the trees.

    On one tree at the turnout, there was a special set-up for trapping Emerald Ash Borers, a beetle that kills ash trees. I laughed to myself about life imitating art, and wondered whether my obsession with this hunt has made me an Emerald Bore (or maybe even an Emerald A--) to my family and friends.

    I could look across at the westbound site at mile 3, and it looked like the same deal - five trees surrounded by asphalt.

    Fourteen miles up the road, I took a quick look at the rest area at mile 17. It was getting dark, and I wanted to get home by that time, so I didn't make an exhaustive search. I walked up and down most of the site twice, but didn't go around every tree. I thought it was unlikely that a dig site would be in front of the office of the State Police station, so I didn't look closely around that part of the site.

    Finally, my first search in mid-May was at I-90, mile 18 in NY. This is a one-sided rest area. I was trying to solve Floor 12 at that time, and I thought the state and mile clues were clear, although I didn't have anything to support the I-90 theory. I searched this very large site very thoroughly, and found nothing.

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    Default Tenn. I-40 mm 324

    My searcher in Tenn. just did a thorough search
    of the Crab Orchard rest area on I-40 mm 324.
    It is between Nashville and Knoxville.

    No luck.

    The primary clues were good.

    4-T (cups and shirts)
    324 (colored eyeballs)

    The secondary clues are convincing for this
    stretch of I-40 in Tenn.

    the fireplace "forge" (Pigeon Forge)
    the nuclear cooling tower (Oak Ridge Nuclear plant)
    the spring on the chair (Spring-Sit-y...Spring City)
    Smokey the dog (mascot of Univ of Tenn. in Knoxville)
    the gramophone (Nashville the home of the Grammys)

    It may be another rest area along this Hyw...
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    So, I've searched the I-95, mm 37 rest area in MD x3 times. I'm puzzled, nay, shocked at no find...something I should be use to by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyoftheWasatch View Post
    (all of these are in Idaho)

    I-15 mm 7 northbound
    mm 101 northbound and southbound
    mm 47 northbound and southbound
    mm 25 southbound

    I-86 mm 31 westbound
    mm 19 eastbound

    If I'm reading right...the only rest area that has not been checked by people is I-15 mm 167 north and southbound. I would've gone but it's a ways from that last stop on 101.
    Lady, I don't know if anyone thanked you for this big effort. The Idaho clue seemed so straightforward, and a lot of people were waiting for these results. Even though you said you like to drive, that was a lot of time and gas spent to come up empty-handed.

    I hope we will be able to pinpoint another site for you in one of the western states. Currently I'm leaning toward Utah, somewhere near Glen Canyon, as the Floor 12 solution. The Glen Canyon notion comes partly from the "dam cypher = pachyderm" clue, although that may apply only to the Tennessee site. (Or it may be "mad cypher" and we are all supposed to go insane before the last treasures are found.)

    I've enjoyed my hunt expeditions in retrospect, even though I've had no luck so far finding a treasure site. The initial let-down stinks, though.

    Anyway, thanks for putting the theory into practice and checking all those sites.

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    Default Orange Again

    Got up at 2:30am and drove 3 hours to this site.

    I really thought this was the one. This rest area was tied into a campgrounds and had a pretty good sized search area.

    Oregon, I-5, mm 45.



    It really didn't feel right to dig here when I didn't find a metal marker. An old tree scar just doesn't seem like the real deal.

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    Default Nj I-444

    Quote Originally Posted by emeraldhunter View Post
    I checked mms 18.3, 41.4, 100, and 123 on the Garden State Parkway long ago, with no luck.
    Adding to the list of fruitless searches...

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    Default Looking for Someone in Arkansas

    Please PM me right away .
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    Default NC I-40, mm136

    Inspired by floor 12. I-40, from the 4 teas. 136 from the equation on the blackboard, solving for y. And the lost Carbon on the blackboard, I convinced myself could be interpreted as No C. I ignored the red circle on the periodic table and was a little uncertain about the NC clue, but it was relatively close to my uncle's house so I talked myself into believing it. And found nothing. I searched both sides of the freeway pretty thoroughly. There was some construction on both sides, with a few trees cordoned off that I could not check. I did not see anything to confirm that I was in the right place.

    I also checked a few rest stops between Nashville and Asheville, mostly on the south, eastbound side, but those were more cursory checks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by animal painter View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by emeraldhunter View Post
    I checked mms 18.3, 41.4, 100, and 123 on the Garden State Parkway long ago, with no luck.
    Adding to the list of fruitless searches...
    Thanks, AP.

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    oregon i-5 mm 45, 82, 143, 144. nada. searched carefully, very.

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