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Geodashing: Mar08   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 81

"Google Maps shows that the dashpoint lay about 200m west of
Kennedy’s Lane which was a turnoff to the west. I took what I thought
was this Lane, but it turned out to be the Chepstowe-Pittong Road, the
one before Kennedy’s Lane. So I backtracked, and then took the next
turnoff, but it turned out to be the North and South Road, which was
one too far. I thought, uh oh, another Google Maps fictitious road,
so I slowly turned back and then I discovered a rough track taking off
up a bank at an angle to the road. I drove my Outback up the incline
and it became a barely discernable track which was overgrown with
grass. I followed it and it gradually became more defined and I
realized that I had rediscovered the long lost Kennedy’s Lane."

That's Geodashing in Australia with geoffj3191

"Beautiful day to go outside! It was warm and sunny and I knew where
this dash was, a nice little drive in the country through rolling
hills that are normally brown. Today they were a beautiful, almost
iridescent green from all the rain we've had."

That's Geodashing in California with Binky del Mar

"I decided to do a large driving loop on this wonderful, almost
Spring, day.  I drove north into areas and on dirt roads I'd never
been down before. Because of the rain last week, most of the roads
were clear of snow and ice, though this section of northeastern
Pennsylvania still has snow on the ground. The dirt roads I took the
last couple of miles to this dashpoint were quite muddy and somewhat
rutted and one still had some ice on it, which made for interesting
driving in my low clearance Honda Civic."

That's Geodashing in Pennsylvania with MapLady


Game 81 of Geodashing was won by team "Llama League" by a large margin
over teams "GeoTerriers" and "En Dash!."

Jack Frickey took individual honors again, by a single point over
deodasher and Douq Millar.

The game saw 114 dashpoint hunts in just 3 countries (Australia, the US,
and Germany).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in a colourful pattern of painted lines for basketball, soccer,
hockey, handball and who knows what else on the asphalt court of
Australia's Pembroke Secondary College

in very, very sparse grass and sagebrush ground in the flat valley
floor of Utah's Pine Valley just west of the Wah Wah Mountain

in California, "in a quiet residential neighborhood of twisty little
streets, all alike (obligatory Zork reference)"

in a Minnesota neighborhood of one and a half story bungalows from the
late 1940s or early 1950s

in a Cape Cod style home with a double dormer in New Jersey (scored by
Gary Pratt, his first score since Game 28, one of the longest dry
spells between Geodashing scores ever)

on Pennsylvania's Shoehouse Road, home to a two story white structure
exactly in the shape of a shoe ("well actually a hightop boot")

in New South Wales, in a real scrubby area near some aboriginal rock
carvings, now home to houses with no sewer and power, but with solar
panels and a satellite connection for phone and Internet

along the banks of Oregon's Wychus creek, with fancy McMansions on the
rim rock above

in southern California, on Las Palmas Road, literally in the
(massive!) shadow of the freeway

in Florida, between the interstate highway and the railroad tracks,
among large piles or rubble, the remains of demolished buildings

on the entrance road to Colorado's Bandimere Speedway, today packed
with bicyclists instead of drag race fans

in a coniferous forest in Germany, with thousands of very young firs,
many with a black plastic shelter on top to protect them from deer
biting them off

about half way up a sloping paddock in Australia, in dry grass among
sheep and kangaroo droppings

at the edge of a "conservation" area (actually for hunting) in
Missouri, in a marshy area with unseen, but not unheard, multitudes of
frogs ("I guess the near-spring gets them going.")

and in Missouri woods, less than a mile from Elephant Rocks State Park
where large blocks of red granite stick up out of the earth


geodasher explains that the landowner is the landowner and gets the
last say:

"AGON is on the wrong side of a house at the end of a road. I parked
next to the house and saw some motion inside. The residents appear to
be members of the Blue Tarp Clan judging by the yard clutter. There
was a big, shiny pickup out front. I waited a minute and a man came
out. I explained my mission and asked if I could walk behind the house
a few feet just to say I was there. He seemed to know only two
phrases: 'No' which he used repeatedly and 'Private Property.' When he
finally growled, 'Tell 'em to move their @#%* point!,' I apologized
for bothering him and left."

PLMerry gets the perseverance award for still scoring after all this:

"I was going to grab these on Tuesday after grabbing a GaoCache on
Padre Island, in Corpus Christi, TX while heading north to New
Braunfels, TX.  Unfortunately I found myself in a Corpus Christi
hospital Emergency Room twice for a total of 14 hours.  To add insult
to injury during my first Emergency Room experiance my Ford expedition
was broken into and my laptop along with two backpacks were stolen so
all my geodashing and geovexilla point except those that I had
downloaded to my GPSr were gone."

Jack Frickey reminds us what a difference a century or two makes:

"Had you been standing at GD81-CIUM on August 29, 1862 there would have
been musket balls falling at your feet and the sound of thousands of
dying soldiers in your ears. You were but 500 feet behind the Union
lines at the Second Battle of Bull Run.  Now it is an idylic spot in
the forest a short walk from one of the historical markers
in the Manassas National Battlefield Park."

geodasher reminds us what a difference a few million years make:

"Wheeler County, Oregon is known for its fossils and scenery. The
dashpoint is on the Shaniko-Fossil Highway, halfway between the city
of Fossil and the Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National
Monument, called with poetic license the 'Journey Through Time.'"


Thanks to all the Geodashing players, whose many great reports are
quoted here, not always with proper attribution. Complete, original
reports are available on the Web site.


About Geodashing: Geodashing is a game in which players use GPS
receivers on a playing field that covers the entire planet. The
waypoints, or dashpoints, to be reached are randomly selected. The win
goes to who can get to the most dashpoints; that is, if you can get to
them at all! Each game has a new set of dashpoints making each game
different and unpredictable. For more information and to play, visit .

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