Update on the ET Highway
There was a great article in the Las Vegas Review Journal on the ET highway and its archival. For the most part pointing out both sides of the story.
Well, last winter Connie West, co-owner of Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, was preparing to shutter her 10-room motel and RV park when convoys of geocachers showed up week after week. She decided not to lay off her housekeeper and hold on to the entire kitchen staff.
"They don't come in bunches of one. They come in bunches. Bunches," West said. "They came from Australia, Austria, England because the highway is considered a 'power cache.' "
and in another point
"For the first time in the history of our business, our rooms were booked all winter long," West said. "Since they removed the caches, we have had every single one of them cancel. They're not going to come here anymore. All that revenue is going to California."
A group from Ireland pulled into West's place last week to begin a trip they had planned for more than a year, West said. They had booked one night and then were headed to Alamo and Caliente. When they learned the caches along the Nevada highway no longer existed, they too aimed their car toward California.
"A guy from NDOT was in the other day and wanted ice in his Coke," West said. "I said, 'No, you're NDOT. You've pissed me off.' "
There are other power trails that are out there. Oklahoma, and Route 66 has some, along with our power trails here in Utah. There are a few others. I have heard of people looking about for others to rework their travel plans.
I have read a number of notes in the forums about it, speculation, and blame is thrown. Ultimately there is not much I can add with the many comments that are made in the forums. The full discussions between the cache owner and groundspeak will be silent unless the cache owner decides to say anything.
Once again if you are considering something similar think it through before you start. Look into the permission, cache types and speak to your reviewers before you get far into it and realize there are issues.