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    GA I-95 MM 111.

    I really thought this one was a winner. No luck though.

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    Had another fruitless search in Oregon today. I'm not ready to say where, but I do want to express my frustration with the theme-defying fourth floor.

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    I had a huge search area to cover yesterday. Got up at dawn, drove a hour or so west to the coast and began my search at the CG Washburne Day Use site.

    I had originally thought that the I-5, mm 178 in Oregon was the solution, and the book was giving us the mm clue in terms of the rest area name only, which in this case could be CG for either Gettings Creek or Cottage Grove. (From the Purple/Green = music notes CG). When I searched that area and found nothing I felt the 5 might be a red herring and the book intended an "off the beaten path" method in the case that this might be the 12, so I stoked the fire in my brain-furnace and thought the "1" depicted in the kitchen area refered to US 101, which is a very interesting candidate (not an interstate, but just as good -refer to "US 101" on the wikipedia). I thought the barbell weights looked like a "101" where the large pool of water in between was a "0". I also felt a strong "Seven Wonders of the World" vibe from various references throughout the book and the Heceta Head Light House was reminiscent of the Light House of Alexandria in ancient Egypt. More importantly, it resides within the bounds of the Devils Elbow State Park on the US 101, which sparks of a reference to the music notes DE. So I searched that too, it's just a couple minutes away from CG Washburne. Lastly, I searched and hiked the "Hobbit Trail". Talk about off the beaten path...well it really seemed to work within the theme of the page if you take into account the hobbit shaped doors and the Habit-Trail type tunnels. Oh, one more thing, I had initially thought music notes DE = colors Red and Orange, and took "RO" to mean OR for the state, but also I thought the grapes paired with the flowers in the vase meant state flower for Oregon, "Oregon Grape". I thought I did a pretty good job working on this puzzle...firstly it was a major Rhode Island red-herring, and then a superbly subtle Oregon red-herring, and finally...GA??..well, see the 4th floor thread for details. Hope to see pics and confirmation soon.

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    Default VT/I-91/mile 24

    In my mind, it seemed like all the pieces were in place for this solution at Vermont, I-91 in Westminster (mile 24).

    Interestingly, on one side of this turnout I did find side-by-side "tubes": one culvert big enough for a human to walk through and a small pipe next to it that is about the right size for a hamster. Oxidated water was running out of the hamster-sized tube, turning the water pooling beneath the pair of the tubes to bright orange.

    There were public art pieces on both sides ot the turnout. On the side with the tubes, the sculpture looked like two large refrigerators (one had fallen over). I wondered whether someone saw these as monoliths, like stones over a tomb entrance.

    Maybe I just wasn't looking in the right place, but I tried to be thorough.

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    Default Totally tubular, I'd say

    Interestingly, on one side of this turnout I did find side-by-side "tubes": one culvert big enough for a human to walk through and a small pipe next to it that is about the right size for a hamster. Oxidated water was running out of the hamster-sized tube, turning the water pooling beneath the pair of the tubes to bright orange.
    That sounds like an excellent confirmer alright. I don't have much confidence in that solution, but if you do, I'd say that those pipes alone make it worth another look.

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    Searched Locations...As of Aug. 4, 2010:
    Please make any corrections or additions...
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    AR / I-40 / mm 67-68 Animal Painter July 31
    AR / I-40 / mm 235 Animal Painter early July
    AR / I-40 / mm 243 Animal Painter posted (for Stercox) early July

    CA / I-10 / mm 91 Maskit July 18 (search was awhile ago)

    DE / I-95 / mm 1 (multiple searchers)

    GA I-95 MM 111 Snickers July 28

    ID / I-15 / mm 7 Lady of the Wasatch mid July
    ID / I-15 / mm 25 Lady of the Wasatch mid July
    ID / I-15 / mm 47 Lady of the Wasatch mid July
    ID / I-15 / mm 101 Lady of the Wasatch mid July

    ID / I-84 mm ALL Drewcow June 15

    ID / I-86 / mm 19 Lady of the Wasatch mid July
    ID / I-86 / mm 31 Lady of the Wasatch mid July

    ID / I-90 / mm 8 erexere June 10

    MD / I-95 / mm 37 erexere mid July

    MI / I-275 / mm 4 lindahl opolis 6/9

    NC / I-40 / mm 136 emerald eyes July 6 (also cursory checks of other stops between Asheville and Nashville)
    NC / I-40 / mm 324 Domino

    NC / I-95 / mm 5 Domino June 9

    NH / I-93 / mm 1 mizclaff
    NH / I-93 / mm 51 mizclaff

    NJ / I-444 / mm 18.3, 41.4, 100 and 123 emerald hunter

    NY / I-84 / mm 3 MayorSara (checked eastbound only, early July)
    NY / I-84 / mm 17 MayorSara (cursory check, early July)

    NY / I-90 / mm 18 MayorSara mid July (very thorough search was in May 2010)
    NY / I-90 / mm 210 pepsgra (posted on HitContests 7/18/10)

    OR / I-5 / mm 45 erexere mid-July and July 17
    OR / I-5 / mm 63 erexere June 10
    OR / I-5 / mm 82 erexere July 17
    OR / I-5 / mm 143 erexere July 17
    OR / I-5 / mm 144 erexere July 17
    OR / I-5 / mm 178 erexere July 20
    OR / I-5 / mm 206 erexere June 10

    OR / I-84 / mm 335 erexere June 10

    PA / I-70 / mm 5 Emerald hunter early July

    PA / I-476 / mm 100 MayorSara early July

    RI / I-95 / mm 6 Arielannette June 9

    SC / I-95 / mm 4 gdesignr July 19

    TN / I-40 / mm 1 animal painter early July
    TN / I-40 / mm 324 animal painter mid July
    TN / I-40 / mm 326, 362, 363, 446, Domino July 15

    TN / I-69 / mm 3 animal painter mid July

    VT / I-93 / mm 1 emeraldhunter mid June
    VT / I-91 / mm 24 MayorSara July 29

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    Default Aug 4-Revised

    I added some more to the list, AP. A few were posted as being searched by members of the Hitcontests forum and others were posted here, but somehow just missed being included.

    Searched Locations...As of Aug. 4, 2010:
    Please make any corrections or additions...
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    AR / I-40 / mm 2 Journo June 2
    AR / I-40 / mm 36 Journo June 2
    AR / I-40 / mm 67-68 Animal Painter July 31
    AR / I-40 / mm 235 Animal Painter early July
    AR / I-40 / mm 243 Animal Painter posted (for Stercox) early July

    AZ / I-8 / mm 84 Pellinore June 20 (posted on Hitcontests)

    CA / I-10 / mm 91 Maskit May 31

    DE / I-95 / mm 1 (multiple searchers)

    GA I-95 MM 111 Snickers July 28

    ID / I-15 / mm 7 Lady of the Wasatch mid July
    ID / I-15 / mm 25 Lady of the Wasatch mid July
    ID / I-15 / mm 47 Lady of the Wasatch mid July
    ID / I-15 / mm 101 Lady of the Wasatch mid July

    ID / I-84 mm ALL Drewcow June 15

    ID / I-86 / mm 19 Lady of the Wasatch mid July
    ID / I-86 / mm 31 Lady of the Wasatch mid July

    ID / I-90 / mm 8 erexere June 10

    MA / I-84 / mm 1 emeraldhunter June 4
    MA / I-90 / mm 84 emeraldhunter

    MD / I-95 / mm 37 erexere mid July

    MI / I-275 / mm 4 lindahl opolis 6/9

    MN / I-94 / mm 100 Polishprincess mid July
    MN / I-94 / mm 105 Polishprincess mid July

    NC / I-40 / mm 136 emerald eyes July 6 (also cursory checks of other stops between Asheville and Nashville)
    NC / I-40 / mm 324 Domino

    NC / I-95 / mm 5 Domino June 9

    NH / I-93 / mm 1 mizclaff
    NH / I-93 / mm 51 mizclaff

    NJ / I-444 / mm 18.3, 41.4, 100 and 123 emerald hunter

    NY / I-84 / mm 3 MayorSara (checked eastbound only, early July)
    NY / I-84 / mm 17 MayorSara (cursory check, early July)

    NY / I-90 / mm 18 MayorSara mid July (very thorough search was in May 2010)
    NY / I-90 / mm 210 pepsgra (posted on HitContests 7/18/10)

    OR / I-5 / mm 45 erexere mid-July and July 17
    OR / I-5 / mm 63 erexere June 10
    OR / I-5 / mm 82 erexere July 17
    OR / I-5 / mm 143 erexere July 17
    OR / I-5 / mm 144 erexere July 17
    OR / I-5 / mm 178 erexere July 20
    OR / I-5 / mm 206 erexere June 10

    OR / I-84 / mm 335 erexere June 10

    PA / I-70 / mm 5 Emerald hunter early July

    PA / I-476 / mm 100 MayorSara early July

    RI / I-95 / mm 6 Arielannette June 9

    SC / I-95 / mm 4 gdesignr July 19

    SD / I-90 / mm 100 teacup1611 late July

    TN / I-40 / mm 1 animal painter early July
    TN / I-40 / mm 324 animal painter mid July
    TN / I-40 / mm 326, 362, 363, 446, Domino July 15

    TN / I-69 / mm 3 animal painter mid July

    VT / I-93 / mm 1 emeraldhunter mid June
    VT / I-91 / mm 24 MayorSara July 29

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    would it help to gather which floor led to each fruitless solve?

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    Default floor 13 dead end

    Well heres what i got out of floor 13.Water dripping,towel with a T on it hanging on rack. ( Watertown) Snake in figure 8,towel on door looks like a 1 on it.( 81) All brown items , 1 brush,4 shower heads,7 knots on rope. ( 147) 2 drums,( Fort Dum , NY) So i came up with Watertown Rest Area on I - 81 at 147 mile marker at Watertown,NEW YORK. Got up in the middle of the night. Drove up to the rest area (5 HR DRIVE) hunted for about 6 hrs( LOTS OF TREES) came up empty,drove 5 hrs back home.

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    Default Floor 13

    Quote Originally Posted by wingman View Post
    Well heres what i got out of floor 13.Water dripping,towel with a T on it hanging on rack. ( Watertown) Snake in figure 8,towel on door looks like a 1 on it.( 81) All brown items , 1 brush,4 shower heads,7 knots on rope. ( 147) 2 drums,( Fort Dum , NY) So i came up with Watertown Rest Area on I - 81 at 147 mile marker at Watertown,NEW YORK. Got up in the middle of the night. Drove up to the rest area (5 HR DRIVE) hunted for about 6 hrs( LOTS OF TREES) came up empty,drove 5 hrs back home.

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    Hats off to you for your ambitious attempt, and I'm sorry it was unsuccessful. I do think there is something on the 13th floor, but haven't been able to pin anything down. I always wondered if Ternky kept the 12 for himself. Monecore anagrams to "remote con", so it is possible that the 4th floor leads to nothing but an empty gas tank!

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