Archive for January, 2011

2011 Race Participants List

The following is a list of all Travel Bugs that were registered for the race AND were present at the starting event.  Before I give that list, I had three people whose bugs were not seen at the event who I have already contacted:

  • Slightly Tall Paul
  • swfirefly
  • Swimingfish

Now this list is done in alphabetical order by the owner’s name (column 3).  Please check this list and confirm that you are on the list.  If your name is on the list, you are good to go.  Please do not comment on this list.  As far as I can tell, this list is complete between the check-in list CachingCop helped compile and the data from the registration form that people filled out.  I believe I caught everything, but if for some reason your name is not on this list, please contact me.

Oh…yeah.  One more thing.  When you filled out the registration form, all the data was sent to a file seen only by me.  If your name IS NOT on that list, it means you did not register for the event.  Please do not try to contact me saying that your entry is missing, hoping to get in even though you didn’t follow the registration process.

Ref # Name Owner
TB43535 JabberJaw alswelke
TB3M06M coccinellidae apyro
TB3M06W Musca Domestica bafl01
TB3M0K4 Fly Me BB aka “L”
TB3ZM29 Cape Cod TB bmlussier
TB3M3K6 Drunken Swede Cache Chick
TB3M3JE Speedy Kitty TB Racer 2011 Cache Chick
TB3ZAF3 Ballycumber: Eat, Sleep, Cache, Read, Release cachebether
TB3N5HT Joe Momma’s 2011 Great TB Race Entry CachingCop
TB2MCXC Amandazon Geocoin (Barclay) CASM327
TB2R4KN 2 Wheel Racer casninocanines
TBNKAW Racing for ALS in memory of Uncle Bill civilwarbuff
TB33XD0 Flashy deb3day
TB3MDXQ Here Kitty, Kitty entogeek
TB3N5HK Sneaky Snail faithamor1337
TB40401 Mario’s Racing Around famof410
TB3MDX8 Fangly’s Racing Coin! fanglyfish
TB3M1CR Inch along Racer FarmboyKevin2
TB3N5GY One Fish Two Fish Flo.
TB3MXWY Porpoise with a Purpose! FloridaFour
TB401CB Franks Travel Bug Racer – the Bike Chain Frank AZ and NJ Girl
TB401BZ Christines Travel Bug Racer – Geo Honu Frank AZ and NJ Girl
TB34V1W fuzziebear3’s Great Adventure fuzziebear3
TB3KZXZ Let’s See If #88 Can Win One GeoJunkie
TB1R0Z3 Prepared to Travel GPS Derek
TB3ZRJ2 Hogybear’s TB Entry hogybear
TB3M1CV LB’s Mouse Racer Hurry Up Lets Go
TB2A3VD jadefalcon’s Eagle TB jadefalcon
TB40M4C Team Flakes Kbfamily
TB3M1ZK Larry522’s Truckin TB Racer II Larry522
TB20Z6D Rudolph and the 2011 Great TB Race LisaandDarin
TB3N5HA N2Froggie’s Race to the End N2Froggie
TB3N5GZ A Coyote Cactus NC Cachegeek
TB3ZRH6 Neeterbug’s TB for TB Race neeterbug
TB3HMC2 Split Happens!! NYSandy23
TB3ZMVE Lilly’s 2011 Butterfly Racer pkupmn98
TB3RVF8 Tiki Tiki Taka Taka Tookie Tookie Hike pyromomma
TB3YVXW Whiskers & Willie Play Cat & Mouse pyromomma
TB3D971 Hans & Frans want to Pump You Up pyromomma
TB3C45W Pip Pip Old Chap – UK Flag TB pyromomma
TB42140 radDad1 Racer radDad1
TB336N0 Huskies RobmanW
TB3YPJZ Basshole II rrwriii
TB3Q12R Scooby Drew’s HQ Race Contestant Scooby Drew
TB3851V Scrappydoopup’s GeoBoy Race Contestant Scrappydoopup
TB3MDXT Smile! sestary
TB3MDY1 Smile for the camera Skyecat
TB3N5H5 Travel Bug Dog Tag Sleepynow01
TB3N81K Light Cycle Racer Solomon Grundy
TB3N5GA Cat in the Hat stink bug crew
TB2HNA4 O.K. Corral at Tombstone tcreiglow13
TB199DQ “G”eocaching Travel Bug Team Gamsci
TB33JA1 Tanner’s Dog Bone Team K9
TB2RTNC Ghost Racer The.Doctor
TB39EFX Texas Travel Boot TheBunchucks
TB3N5H1 Racing Bat TripCyclone
TB3M1D0 Case Racer Wee Be Team
TB3MMMQ Grateful TB willandem

By the way, there were 59 bugs present at the starting event. When including the bugs that were missing, we have 63 entries to the race. I’ll be honest. As December rolled around, I was beginning to wonder if we’d even have half that amount. I’m happy if we get over 50 entries, so this is good. A good luck to all our entries. Over the rest of this month, I’ll be posting some details about keeping track of your score, and we’ll be introducing two volunteers who will be helping with site maintenance.

For everyone new to the race, please be aware that we aim to have monthly updates to the scores. We try to get them at the end of the first full week of the next calender month. However, as we have volunteers helping, sometimes life gets in the way. We did pretty good last year with trying to update within 2 weeks at the latest. I will always post an update when the scores have been posted, so if you’ve signed up for an e-mail subscription, you’ll be alerted when that happens.



And the 2010 Winner is….

I know many have been dying to find out who won the race.  Well, maybe not so much as Eek! the Spider has been pretty secure in it’s 1st place position for the last few months with almost a solid 200 point lead.  So how about we rephrase that and say that people have been dying to find out who got 2nd – 5th place.  Yeah.  That sounds better.

So, a quick recap.  Here are the standings at the end of November:

1    Eek! A Spider!    TB2RZJD    698
2    Herkamur    TB32NBD    492
3    sbc’s traveler    TB2HP94    449
4    My Travel Log, by X    TB14VX7    442
5    Basshole    TB32NVN    416
6    Patriotic Find!    TB2AYQ8    413
7    Blue the Wonderdog!    TB34VKT    410
8    Keep on Walkin’    TB21E21    402
9    Sparkly Tube    TB2HVK9    395
10    Cape Cod Travel Bug    TB32NWE    394

Herkamur has a good lead, but with two racers in the 440 range, one good move could change that. Basshole is in 5th, but has several racers hot on it’s fin. It would only take 22 points for our 9th place racer to take over 5th place and win some prizes.

Before we announce the winners, let’s take a quick look at spots 6-10 from the final results:

6 Fingerboarding Racer TB2KA02 444
7 Cape Cod Travel Bug TB32NWE 437
8 Patriotic Find! TB2AYQ8 413
9 Sparkly Tube TB2HVK9 411
10 Blue the Wonderdog! TB34VKT 410


What’s this?

Clearly the 6-10 positions have had a shakeup.  Sparkly Tube and Cape Cod Travel Bug have made some moves.  My Travel Log, which was at 442, is not on the chart so that obviously means it jumped enough to pass SBC’s previous score of 449, who was in THIRD PLACE!  But then we add in Fingerboarding Racer, which wasn’t even in the top 10 after November, with a surprise jump to 6th place!  So that raises the question…what has happened to the top 5?  All of these points are still lower than the top five….sorry, spots 2 – 5 as Eek! had such a clear advantage.  Let’s move on and see what damage has occurred.

Fifth Place

Finishing in fifth place was SBC’s Traveler with a score of 449.  No movement in December was dangerous for this guy but he lucked out in the end and only dropped from third to fifth.  I actually happen to know SBC so I’ll get to hand deliver the prizes.  BTW…he didn’t even want to join the race, and had no expectation to win.  A friend of ours forced him to enter.  I’m thinking that that friend (whose own entried went MIA back in January) might need a huge thanks.

Fourth Place

Coming in at forth place was My Travel Log X with 458 points.  Some December movements saved this one, otherwise it would have been in sixth place with less points than Fingerboarding Racer.  Talk about good timing.  Wait, wasn’t Basshole in fifth?  Those fins must have drove it into third.

Third Place

The Bronze Medal is awarded to Herkamur, who unfortunately did not see any points in December.  This was too bad as it seems to have clearly been the difference Basshole needed to jump into second place.  However, third place is a pretty good spot to be.

Second Place

Now, here is where we find a racer that has knocked several other racers out of their positions.  Bass…wait. Basshole wasn’t 2nd?  EEK! THE SPIDER IS IN SECOND PLACE!!!???  After an amazing string of luck that vaulted this little spider well into the 1st place spot for several months, with no clear chance of catching up, including being the only racer to get the extra bonus points of not only attending Geowoodstock, but getting a picture taken with the race host…ME…to end in 2nd place?  Wow.  And with no movement during the month of December, this guy seems to have run out of luck. But still, it maintained a solid lead, still 200 points ahead of the next person in line.  So with that…



Basshole made some major point jumps in the final months of the race.  Roughly in the middle of the pile for a while, having made it to Northern Europe, but then only bouncing around Finland and Sweden.  Then, in early October, a leap was made to Eastern India.  A month later…back to Europe, this time to France.  After sitting for two weeks with no action, a cacher was given permission to go back and move it.  Soon after, a jump to Greece landed it within the top 5 by the end of November.  So how did it make it to 1st place?

At the end of November, the listed score for Basshole hadn’t changed.  I have discovered that this was due to an error with copying the numbers over.  After moves in November, it should have ended in second place.  So moving into December, we saw another jump, albeit a minor one into Turkey that helped get it into position for a massive jump from SouthEastern Europe to Ohio, earning it a considerable amount of mileage points, but more importantly, the border crossing points that helps shot it up close to Eek!.  But then when we add in some photos, events, exchanges, D/T ratings, we find it nudging just past Eek!.  About 30 bonus points pushed it even further.  An extra smack to Eek!’s drop from the position of leader of the race.  Quite an amazing comeback for this little fish.

So there we have it.  Our winners of the 2010 Great TB Race.  The rankings have been updated under 2010 Race Details for those who want to check out how they did in the end.  A number of other racers bounced around the rankings as well.

We’ll have prize announcements coming shortly.


Awaiting Race Results

Right now, even though I have one set of data still coming, I’d go ahead and post the incomplete results.  I can’t do that yet.  Why?  Because the top 10 positions have been altered.  There have been a few leaps by various TB’s that have rearranged several positions.  Plus, one item in the awaited data set has shown enough movement, including the 30-point December Bonus Goal, that it could come in and adjust it even more…including the person currently sitting in the prize winning 5th place!

So, everyone awaiting the final results will have to wait just a tad bit longer.  After the November results, the Top Ten were:

1    Eek! A Spider!    TB2RZJD    698
2    Herkamur    TB32NBD    492
3    sbc’s traveler    TB2HP94    449
4    My Travel Log, by X    TB14VX7    442
5    Basshole    TB32NVN    416
6    Patriotic Find!    TB2AYQ8    413
7    Blue the Wonderdog!    TB34VKT    410
8    Keep on Walkin’    TB21E21    402
9    Sparkly Tube    TB2HVK9    395
10    Cape Cod Travel Bug    TB32NWE    394

Will Eek! The Spider maintain their amazing lead and win the race?  Will the Wonderdog fly into some prizes?  What is a Herkamur?  These questions and more will just have to wait.