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Geocache “Race” Finishes in Blanco
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 23, 2014

Wayne Gosnell was surprised recently when Karlis Gangis, a citizen of the country of Latvia in Eastern Europe, showed up in Blanco bearing an unexpected treasure -- a bright yellow, cast metal, toy Lamborghini, the winner of the "Great Trans-AtlanticTuscany to Texas Motor Race."

Wayne and his wife, Martha, had placed the Lamborghini, along with two other cars, a Mercedes and a Corvette, in a geocache in the Tuscany region of Italy four years ago with the goal of “racing” it back to Blanco, moved along by fellow geocachers.

Geocaching is a high tech sport in which participants use GPS units to find hidden “treasures" all over the world. "Trackables", such as the three toy automobiles, can be placed in geocaches and given a mission, which fellow geocachers can help fulfil.

Wayne and Martha's Mercedes and Corvette trackables crossed the Atlantic first but crashed and burned enroute to Texas. The Lamborghini was lost in Latvia for two years but later reemerged at a geocaching event there.

Karlis, a Microsoft contractor with over 10,000 geocache finds, had a business trip planned to Texas and personally drove the car across the finish line on the Blanco River.

There are at least eighteen geocaches within five miles of Blanco, some with trackables such as the victorious Lamborghini.

To learn more about the amazing sport of geocaching and the other 2.3 million hidden caches, go to www.geocaching.com, join for free, and discover a whole new way of looking at the world.

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