ZC Theme Earned Bonus Codes

It is very important for riders to track the codes they've earned, especially in the ZC theme.  Remember bonus codes can only be earned once.   In the ZC theme, each bonus code earned eliminates multiple zip codes.

Not only is it important to not submit the same code multiple times to the scoring team, also critical in ride planning to know what bonus codes you've earned.

Below is a list of all earned ZC theme bonus codes, this is in real time and a great resource.

Another great resource is the

Your Earned ZC Bonus Codes Can Be Found Below

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51 thoughts on “ZC Theme Earned Bonus Codes

  1. Curious how people are managing this thread. I have a pretty good tracking system in Excel. I use it for routing too. Makes sure I get mostly 3fers and don’t claim duplicate codes. I’m all about efficiency – most points per PO’s visited. Am willing to share. How do others do it?

    I wonder if some folks haven’t figured out this thread. At the bottom of this page there are people who have earned only 1 or 2 bonus codes. Even if you only go to a single post office, you should be claiming all three bonus codes for it.

    • Frankentheme for sure as far as data management but I love it. Overall management: I have 3 Basecamp lists. ZC, Non-ZC and “To Get”. All “Non-ZC” within 500 miles-ish is “send to”‘d “To Get” and loaded as waypoints in GPS. Waypoints are deleted as I claim them, and then deleted in basecamp when I verify they scored when I get home. ZC within 500 miles are loaded as POI’s (export to gpx, load with POI loader) in the GPS so they don’t clutter.

      Specifically for ZC, I just started closest to home. Open google maps in web browser and type in “18045 post office”, hit enter, click on first item in list and verify through street view. If it’s not a good PO, I delete it from basecamp. If I can’t tell, it gets a question mark icon so I don’t check it again, but don’t rule it out. If it’s good, I go back to basecamp, edit the location with the URL coordinates from google maps, change the icon to something other than a blue flag, and click “send to” “to get” list. I then go back to my main ZC list and highlight all the bonus codes that PO counts for and change the icon for them as well so I can ignore them in Basecamp. Then I just hover my mouse over blue flags looking for next nearest blue flag with 2-3 blue flags and go verify that. Rinse and repeat. Sounds complicated, but takes less then a minute or 2 per PO.

      Post ride, I delete all the waypoint icons I changed in my previous steps from all lists and start the process over. I’ve cleaned out most everything within an hour already that are obtainable and next hour out is a lot thinner than it was last week.

      • Didn’t think to make a POI file–good idea to manage the large amount of locations.

        I kept them as waypoints, but wanted to pare down the number of them. With some spreadsheet manipulation, I created a ZC waypoint file witin Basecamp where every zip only has one waypoint and the name of the waypoint included the zip code and all three bonus codes. At the end of a ride, I do a search within Basecamp for the ZC codes I got that day, and then delete those ZC codes from the name of any remaining zip code waypoints that have it.

        I also keep a separate list within Basecamp for the zip codes and use three different symbols. One symbol means it has the lat/long originally provided. Another symbol means I have put in a correct lat/long for the post office, but valid signage is unverified. The third symbol is correct lat/long and verified signage.

        • I use POI’s heavily both touring and rallying. One of my favorite parts of the Garmin. Truck stops, speed/red light cameras, Walmart, Roadside America, Open WiFi and a bunch of others. Doesn’t eat up storage and easier search than going through the Garmin pre-installed. http://www.poi-factory.com/poifiles/popular

          For what it’s worth, some of these ZC points are way off, but most are close. Had one Sunday off by @50 miles I was trying to grab on the fly because POI said it was close (waypoint said Lambertville, NJ, zip was for Sayerville, NJ). Better to grab the phone and search first before blowing too much time. I got trapped by seeing a PO was 3 miles away, then using the garmin to find nearest PO in that direction. Grabbed the phone and saw I was still 1.5 hrs away. YMMV

          • I use POI’s particularly when I’m riding in multiple rallies at the same time like BMR, TOH, SMOKECHASING, Etc. That way if I’m focused on one rally and happen to be near another rally’s bonus point I get an alert. In this year’s BMR, I’ll put all of the BR, RV, and PT bonus’ into POI files.

        • Eric – this is a good approach. One waypoint per PO, and when you bag the PO you know which bonus codes to claim. Is it a hassle to rename the waypoints that are remaining? There are 24 zip codes per bonus code – so when you claim ZC101, you have to find 23 other waypoints in Basecamp and remove the 101.

            • Yabutt – if you have one waypoint per PO, and the waypoint is named “90210–ZC183-ZC818-ZC945″…and you claim ZC945 at some other post office, say 90266…then if you go searching for ZC945 and delete all the waypoints with that in the name, then you’ve just deleted 90210. But it still has two valid ZC bonuses on it.

              • In your example, I am not deleting 90210, I just pull it up and delete the ZC945 out of the title only, which leaves the other two active codes in the name. As Nancy mentioned, it is easy to pull them all up quickly by putting ZC945 in the search window of Basecamp, and it does take a few minutes to edit the remaining names one by one, but it makes everything else so easy for me that I think its worth the time. Also, after my third post office in the area, I did a search for ZCxxx, and six came up that only had that bonus active, so I just highlighted them all and deleted six zip codes.

                Not the best way, but it works well for my processes.

          • Are you constantly renaming dozens of bonuses? I don’t think I could manage that way at all which is the great thing about these conversations. You would be manually be renaming 24 waypoints each stop assuming no others were triple matches correct? How do you ensure you don’t resubmit a code?

            • When I’m on a ride, I don’t have every zip code in my GPS, only the ones that are close to my base route, and ones that are likely to be three-fers or two-fers. So after claiming a bonus, I would not have more than 2 or 3 actually in the GPS with that bonus code still in the name. If it is a short ride, I would be able to keep track of it in my head. If it is a longer ride, I might take the time to edit the waypoint names directly in my GPS before leaving the post office. It would take me two to three minutes at the most.

              Again, not necessarily the best way, but it makes route planning much simpler for me, and it keeps the number of waypoints down.

              • I have been using paper notes in the tank bag to know which codes to claim when I’m at the PO. Think I’ll follow you guys and start naming the waypoints when I put them in the GPS.

    • Jerry, I also have multiple Basecamp lists and every evening I delete the news ones I obtain, deleting them from my choices to ride.
      Then I keep a list of the codes I intend to ride that day and cross them out as I go. That may mean I get to skip some on my list as I go but I schedule multiples in case something happens and I can’t get the bonus. Data nightmare to be sure. Also separated my “local area” being CA/NV/AZ into a separate list. This weekend brought a lot of light to this thread for me….much better understanding now.

      • Nancy, I’m interested, what were your a-ha moments this weekend? Sounds like you had it sorted out but learned something along the way. I haven’t done any long rides with the ZC thread yet and am wondering how to deal on the fly with blown POs that you were counting on for 3fers but turn out to be bad.

        • I only went to a couple that were within 5 miles of my route that weren’t confirmed available. Problem was that I used so many codes that it was moot to go to some, no longer available. I think better preplanning is the key. Also, if you start looking at them on basecamp the same ZC# are all geographically close. Forces you to fan out. Brilliant theme. I also do what Eric is doing in creating a 1 for three but I don’t delete the originals as I delete them when no longer available. Not sure this makes sense to you…and it’s surely not proven yet.

          • Agree, preplanning is super key to this thread. You can burn a lot of time chasing worthless POs. Of course, any saddle time is good time, so it’s not totally wasted. :)

            BTW, not all the ZC#s are geographically close. Look at ZC119.

            I only delete the waypoints when all 3 of their bonus codes are gone. Until then they are still worth something. In my local area I have grabbed 3 POs for 9 ZC codes, which actually ended up killing 20 POs. And I have a couple more biggies on the ride plan. But there are still a few with 1 remaining ZC code available so I’ll keep them in the map. Maybe some day in May I’ll need 1.67 points.

            • Which gpx file are you using Jerry? I find it way easier to work with, and especially manage cleanup, with zcxxx – 12345 than 12345 – zcxxx. Deleting claimed zc codes is key to efficiency for me.

  2. Jerry, I also use EXCEL to track my successes. I have a spreadsheet for WA that has all of the eligible Post Offices and the 3 ZC codes that score points in separate columns. When I complete a ride, I do a search for the code and color the cell purple. That way it visually is a signal to me as to what ZC is really available for a given bonus. One quickly learns that scoring a ‘threefer’ quickly eliminates or reduces the points available for nearby otherwise eligible PO’s.

    This is a great theme in which to develop riding strategies as one can’t just ride simply to every eligible PO and score points.

  3. I like the coloring idea. My Excel sheet has a scoring formula where I know how valuable a PO is based on how many ZC bonuses it has available to it. I can sort on the score, and when all the 3fers in an area are played out I’ll go after 2fers. There are lots of POs in my local area but you have to be strategic about which ones you get, since they’re so interrelated.

  4. I too uploaded all the PO’s into basecamp. I mainly use the zip code list VS the bonus code list. I will search XXXXX post office on google maps and try and verify that it is a good PO through street view. I use two different icons for the post offices to differentiate a verified PO that you can plainly see through street view and also ones where there should be good signage but is blocked by trees, etc. in street view.

    When it comes to ride day, I prefer old school and write a list with the zips and available bonus codes next to them. For tracking earned codes, I keep a list in my iPhone notes app. Unfortunately, some stops are only single bonus locations but at 1.67 points per bonus, it’s still worthwhile.

    • We’re using very similar methods, Eric. I can see from your efforts it’s paying off with lots of ZC submissions. Kudos.

  5. I don’t have a clue what most of you people are talking about!! This thread does show that it is different strokes for different folks, and there is more than one way to skin a cat. It seems like it would be very difficult to plan a cast in stone multi-day ride with this theme, my brain says that I have to re-plan at the end of each day.

    I have found a way in BaseCamp to search and isolate all 24 post office locations for each ZCxxx, but I can’t find a way to highlight these 24 and delete all at once. It takes me about 3 mins per ZCxxx to delete all 24 xxxxx’s from my planning map. The low hanging fruit is just about gone. To make this theme even more maddening for me…I very rarely am able to type “Z” and “C” without error; usually wind up with AC, then have hunt and peck to get it right (that is my personal skill level problem).

    McCaa…I recommend you NOT serve as a scorer or spectator at the ButtLite check point in Reno this summer :>). I may not be able to control my sense to seek revenge!!

    • Are you using basecamp John? There’s 2 gpx files. The one with the bonus code first works well for what you are doing. I don’t use the zip code – bonus code one. If you use the bonus code one they all sort together alphabetically in the waypoint list in the lower left. Click on the first one, hold down the shift key, then hold down your down arrow until you get to the end of that bonus code and hit delete. Click on the waypoint on the map again since all 3 are stacked and it will take the list to where you want to be. Then do the same thing again. Once you get comfortable with it, you can delete all 75 pretty quickly. I found it too difficult to work with the waypoints sorted by zip code.

      • Thanks Joel, that is the direction that I needed to be pointed in. Only problem is that I have moved all the OH post offices to the correct location on map. Will deal with that when needed. This will speed up post ride paper work.

    • John – Exactly! That’s why I brought it up. Everyone has different approaches and I thought it would be interesting to share. This whole thread has been the most mentally interesting to me. When it warms up I will actually go out riding and do the motorcycle rally thing. :)

  6. I stalked our #1 finisher John Huval. He’s visited 23 unique POs and claimed 45 ZC bonuses. That’s a 1.9 efficiency score (perfect score is 3, worst score is 1.) He’s made 47 total submissions, and 2 were denied due to bad ZC number. So out of 47 tries he was denied twice. That is extremely respectable on a complicated thread like this. John is obviously tracking his codes somehow, and doing a great job planning. He also has a number of 2-fers and 1-fers. The moral is – this thread can be exploited by brute force but also requires complex planning. JH has accomplished both. Bravo.

    • Jerry, I am not buying into the efficiency deal. It is nice to get 2 and 3 fers, but you need a ZCxxx and it is near the loop you are riding…you go get it. It is a big bonus when you score other ZCxxx’s at the stop. John H may have planned a very efficient route, or he may be riding a couple hundred miles so that he is into an area where they are mostly all “fresh” ZC’s, gets some 2 and 3 fers there, then move on down the road. I may be wrong, but my mindset is to get the ZCxxx, any ZCxxx I don’t have, and have one less of the 1000 to get. I only have 976 more to get!!!

      • I’m pretty interested in efficiency. There at least 100 post offices within a day ride from my house. The plan is to squeeze as many points in as short a mileage as possible, without subjecting the scorers to a barrage of ZCs that I’ve already claimed. Efficiency matters in a dense area.

        When you’re on the road, riding a loop, not as much. You try to make the most out of what’s near by.

        • I went to three “local” POs within 5 miles of my house. 6 ZCs were attained and I elimiated 144 waypoints. Doesn’t take much to clean out your local area.

      • Look at MoBob’s scoring this morning. He’s running the table with 2s and 3s. That’s efficiency in action.

          • Well, that depends on how you define “local”. Missouri borders 7 states. Perhaps the only person with better BMR geography is Frick.

        • IMHO it seems there are two efficiencies that one could go for. Most points per stop OR most points per mile ridden. It appears MoBob has ridden by some ZC locations that would only be one ZCxxx, but not add that much mileage to his route. I am in and entirely different group…most points (regardless of miles or points per stop). We each have are own agenda, and as long as there is a big ass smile on our face as we motor on down the road, makes no difference what your plan is :<).

  7. I’ve read all of the comments above and all I’ve been able to glean out of them is that I may be able to find McCaa in Reno.

  8. Steve’s distribution of bonus codes seems to eliminate the advantage of large metro areas like Houston where there are lots of post offices clustered in an area. Our experience in FL seems to bear this out. The Miami area offered no advantage in available codes. On our ride from Homestead to Daytona we only located 2 3fers — Palm City and Flagler Beach — a far ride between. We were on a schedule and didn’t want to venture too far from 95 — so there’s some unclaimed codes along the route. The great thing is that the codes are assigned to 24 zips so there’s many chances to claim a single code. But the way Steve assigned the codes means duplicated numbers in geographic clusters — more riding to get unique codes. And there’s some randomness to make it interesting — a code in Flagler Beach showed up multiple times in the Florida Panhandle. In FL our goal were the CB, PT, and BR bonuses with zips claimed along our routes .

  9. I put them all in Excel and played with finding duplicates and matching zips and sorting in an effort to organize the CA/NV zips somewhat efficiently. I eventually gave up after going a little crazy and just imported the zips by bonus code into base camp. I’m deleting the waypoints by bonus code group each time I’ve confirmed that I’ve earned the code. The days that I’ve gone out I’ve put a ride together in my GPS and written out the bonus codes to collect at each location on a sheet of paper as a guide, then just check it off as I go so I don’t forget anything. I also printed the bonus book and am crossing out each code after I’ve earned it so that I have a hard copy in the event of a catastrophic failure. (I had a click-of-death hard drive this week that I just barely managed to clone before it went kaput!)

    Anyway, I have lots of excuses why I haven’t earned more points. Mostly because this rally has to fit into my schedule and so far it has only fit a little.

    Just reading this thread gave me some good ideas though.

  10. Warms the cockles of my heart to read these comments! Glad some folks are seeing this as a puzzle and not just brute forcing the theme.

    Also nice to read comments like “seems to eliminate the advantage of large metro areas”. Yes, indeed I wanted to distribute things around.

    Also glad people are using a lot of tools to solve the puzzle. As many people know I’m one of the folks that loves using tools to solve rally puzzles. So yeah I designed something that would help those that do too!

    Sadly I’m not likely to make the BL Reno checkpoint. I would love to be there… but as I did mention in my IBR report July 5th is my wedding anniversary. As I’ve been on a rally the last 4 years on that date… I probably need to let my wife chose where I am this year!

    Speaking of the IBR… yes I will finish my ride report! Just slow going, my new job takes a lot of my time.

    Thanks!

    Steve

    • Then you’ll be happy to know we’re spending lots of time working out ride plans to include unique zip code bonuses. When we strike upon a new area with some unique 3-fers, we’re very pleased.

      Keeping track of the zips earned and the research to find them is taking some time — and I know more about post offices than I ever thought possible — can almost tell from satellite imagery whether a PO is going to have valid signage from the shape of the building. :)

      • I’m right there with you John. Just from the map view on google, I am about 95% knowing if it will be a good PO or not.

        It’s a sickness and the only cure is more cowbell!

  11. Did you notice the rather large ZC void right in the middle of a large swath of Texas? We rode for several hours Sunday from Brady to I-20 passing many valid post offices that weren’t in the ZC list. How’d you do that, Steve? :)

  12. Three months in the rear view mirror, wondering if any new wisdom, thought or cuss-words that apply to this theme? Nothing like this theme has ever been done before, ..kudos to the riders who have engaged with it. It’s wild.

  13. John, Concerning ZC, I really enjoyed the planning required to get the most ZC points from each ride. Also there were times when you could have ‘backup’ locations if one of the planned PO’s did not have correct signage. I do wish the PO would cut the trees before the Google camera car drives by. :-) I also thought that the 1.67 bonus value worked great. Even when a PO was down to 1.67 for you, it was still worth a good distance ride to collect the bonus. I managed my zip codes using a spreadsheet, google maps and updating the .csv data file when a PO was ‘used up’. I will probably try using basecamp directly in the future. (didn’t get my Zumo until recently). Thanks, Gary

  14. It’s been great. I had a couple of trips planned, but once I went through where I’ve been, they got cancelled. Save a bunch of un-needed travels.

    Thanks for all the time and effort everyone has put in!!

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