Most geocachers around Ottawa are familiar with Binthair’s caches – a group of caches that, when taken as a whole, constitute a fairly well-rounded mental and physical geocaching challenge. These caches hold a special significance for many cachers in the area, and though others are not as enamoured, bringing up “Binthair” in a group of Ottawa geocachers is always sure to spark a lively discussion.
I’m about 1/3 of the way through “The Binthair Challenge,” set up and maintained by another local geocacher, kirok. I’m hoping to finish it off this summer.
A few weeks ago, Ottawa geocacher Taoiseach and I went on a little road trip to visit Bonnie and Clyde’s Cache. This is, without a doubt, my favourite geocache. Ever. For several reasons.
Being a lover of police drama and true crime stories, I have always been fascinated by the story of Bonnie and Clyde. I love that the key to solving this cache hinges on a little detail that requires a bit of research to find. I also love the way the cache location, the hiding spot, the story, and the puzzle all mesh so perfectly.
After solving the puzzle a couple of days earlier, Taoiseach and headed out late in the afternoon on April 29. Our first stop was at the infamous Hidden Treasure cache – but that’s a whole other post. It took us well over an hour to get to our solved coordinates for Bonnie and Clyde, but it was a beautiful day and the drive was pleasant (despite rush hour traffic coming out of Ottawa).
It took us a few minutes to find the hiding spot – like most Binthair caches, the final coordinates are a guideline, not an exact spot. The old truck was well hidden, and it has obviously been sitting there for a long time. I have always had a fondness for old vehicles, whether they’re “classic” cars restored to their original condition, or worn-out, rusty carcasses forgotten in a fallow field. The old truck is probably the biggest reason this cache is such a favourite of mine now.
After Taoiseach and I found the cache, I asked Dad to help me find out what kind of truck it was. Based on the fenders – they have a distinctive detail – he thinks it’s probably a White Motor Company truck from the early 30s. These trucks were made for hard work, and there don’t seem to be many surviving examples so I’ve had difficulty finding pictures of similar trucks in working condition. The best one I’ve found is this old ad.