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Geodashing: Aug08   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 86

"Typically Friday night is a time to relax after a busy in our
household, the end of a busy working week, a time to stretch out, to
watch a Friday night footy match, and quietly prepare for the weekend.
Consequently I sent an SMS message to the local GeoTerriers on
Thursday afternoon suggesting that we treat this Friday, August 1st as
a sacred time, and that we commence our dashing hostilities on
Saturday, leaving the relatively close GD86-YKOG embargoed until then,
and then to be jointly claimed in a peaceful and gentlemanly manner.
But NO, an SMS message came smartly back announcing 'Life is too
short, weíll be there tomorrow night.'"

That's Geodashing in Australia with geoffj3191

"I bought a new GPS almost a year ago but it was pretty much bare
bones and I didnít do much with it except load waypoints so I could
find them. Then, a few weeks ago, someone posted a note on the local
geocaching list about a 2GB micro SD card for only $8 from Tiger
Direct. Thatís what my GPS uses, so I bought one.  In order to offset
the shipping cost, I bought three 2GB flash drives bringing the order
total to about $40.  Once I had the micro SD card in hand, I started
to research how to get maps loaded on it.  I needed to order the maps
from Garmin for $100 (plus tax and shipping).  OK, now itís getting a
bit steep, but this will really enhance my GPS, so in went the order.
The DVDs came a few days later, I eagerly opened it up and loaded it
into the drive.  It took me a minute or two to figure out why the
computer wouldnít read the DVDs.  I have a desktop that is about 8 1/2
years old and the drive is a CD drive, not a CD/DVD combo drive.  With
the trip to Michigan only a week away, the next evening I hurried down
to Best Buy.  The cheapest DVD drive was $65.  I decided this was
getting out of hand, so instead I bought a new laptop (on sale for
$599) with Office software (on sale for $100).  Total cost of my $8
micro CD chip:  $850 plus.  But, I got all the detailed maps for the
US loaded onto my GPS and figured out how to do routes and automatic
routing. It got used a lot during the trip."

That's Geodashing in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio with RogBarn


Game 86 of Geodashing was won by team "GeoTerriers" by a wide margin
over "Dashed Hopes." Three teams tied for third, "En Dash!", "Llama
League" and "Team 68N".

Dashing Dog Mac and Madam Dash took individual honors, thanks to a mad
dash across Victoria, Australia. Jack Frickey edged out RogBarn for
third place.

The game saw 116 dashpoint hunts in ten countries (Australia, the US,
New Zealand, Brazil, Qatar, Germany, Spain, Canada, and the game's
first ever visits to Croatia and the Philippines).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in Melbourne, in front of a house in a network of waterways created by
building canals off the Patterson River

in the Minnesota woods, near a creek flowing southerly toward the Elk

in Oregon, in level, open forest near First Creek (one of 13 in
Oregon; there only 10 Second Creeks and 6 Third Creeks), which feeds
the Metolius River

a driveby in Qatar, through a series of roundabouts and detours due to
the construction of a new highway and interchange in the area

a driveby on Skyline Blvd near San Francisco, with views of the
Pacific, of the Olympic Club Golf Course (once host to the U.S. Open)
and of some interesting people ("one had to have a nine inch spiked
Mohawk hairstyle")

in the middle of an eight-foot high corn field in New York

in a sunflower field in California, with plants just 3 feet tall and
flowers themselves at least 12 inches in diameter

next to a pasture with several horses, on an Illinois road crossed by
a railroad track on which a long freight train with cars full of coal
was rumbling past

in New Zealand, up a grass "paddock" that was nearly verticle for
100m, then a nice flat plateau at the top, from there an easy stroll
to the spot

in the Qatar desert, where the midday +52C temperatures normally keeps
on comfortably in one's car's A/C, unless it's to get a photo of a
fast moving 6 inch snow white desert lizard

at the fence of a very private hunting property in Spain (doves or

in a grove of olive trees near Madrid, with big stone piles between
the olive trees to give the rabits a hiding place

in Australia's Simson State Forest, where fleeting flashes of colour
from the lorikeets and galahs were a lovely contrast to the grey of
the gums

in a deserted field in Brazil - a few trees, hedges, fences and not a
lot else

in a wash in the California high desert, with sparsely planted
mesquite bushes and an occasional Joshua Tree

in a sea of green ferns just south of the Appalachian Trail in
Virginia's Shenandoah National Park

in mixed pine forest in Oregon, about 80m from a double lava plug as
tall as many trees

in the parking lot of Hurst, Texas' Shady Oaks Baptist Church, down
the street from the Elite Veterinary Clinic and Boarding ("Donít let
your pet get beat by the heat") and North Texas Tattoo

behind a bungalow-style house in Des Moines, with a detached
garage and two large maple trees along the street

and on the grounds of an unfinished castle-like house in the
Philippines, with a front gate with two walls like a shield


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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