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Geodashing: Nov09   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 101

"At the dead end of a country road ... a walking path continued. It
was posted for no-trespassing, and we would have asked permission from
a neighboring house ... BUT BUT BUT ... we realized it was VERMONT
our quest ... and guess what ... just then .... BOOM!  BOOM! went a
firearm somewhere!"

That's Geodashing in Vermont with sandrats

"Going down the interstate highway, we noticed that the Meramec River
was fairly high.  But it was when we got off the highway and found the
first creek that we went over had completely inundated a significant
amount of adjoining farm land that we realized how high the water
really was.  And it really hit home as we were headed down a rural
road, still a couple of miles from the DP and came upon large "Road
Closed" signs.  The Bourbeuse River was completely out of its banks
and had covered the road.  We saw a couple of cars go thru the water
and we could see that the road only had a foot or so of water on it.
So, we continued on."

That's Geodashing in Missouri with RogBarn

"The heat of the sun hard turned the road into a muddy quagmire and
the mountain bike was soon unrideable. I stashed it and went forward
on foot. Soon I was bush-whacking throught the pinion pine and juniper
trees. There were a couple of north-facing slopes to cross, each
covered with about 4 inches of snow. At my closest approach I was
facing a deep ravine which would require a long descent and then a
long ascent through the snow. It was getting late in the day and I
didn't want to have any problems, so I turned back. It was a lovely
walk on a bright, sunny day."

That's Geodashing in Utah with David Mower


Game 101 of Geodashing was won by team "GeoTerriers" by a huge margin,
118 points to 29 for their nearest challenger. Honorable mentions
go to teams "En Dash!" and "Home for the Itinerant."

Individual honors go to Jack Frickey again with honorable mentions to
PLMerry and Dashing Dog Mac and Madam Dash.

The game saw 123 dashpoint hunts in six countries (the US, Germany,
Australia, Finland, Canada and Italy).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

along the edge of a corn field in Ohio, scored at midnight on November
1, a night with a clear sky and a waxing moon

in Germany, in a meadow across the road from the last house in the
village, a house with plenty of apple trees full of ripe fruit

in Oregon, a few steps off a wide, bumpy dirt swath through typical
high desert junipers on public land

in suburban Melbourne, on a walking track in a park on the banks of
the Maribyrnong River in Smiley Crescent, Aberfeldie

on the shore of Lehtisaari island, a suburb of Helsinki, only a few
meters from the shoreline, where there's already thin ice

unreachable 16 km east of the Silver City Highway in western New South
Wales in arid and unforgiving country in the 40 plus deg Celsius heat

in Maine, "a could-be-(m)any-place geospot in a mixed woods with the
hardwoods dropping rather bland leaves" (Any place?  Compare with that
New South Wales geospot)

just off an unpaved "seasonal highway" in New York, with nothing but
brush and thin woods on either side

at the start of a long driveway in Ohio marked with a large white
horseshoe with a red "W" inside, with a field of dried corn waiting to
be picked across the highway

in suburban Melbourne, near Port Phillip Bay, with spectacular views
of white sailboats on blue waters and huge modern houses

near a huge rock that overhangs the road in Pennsylvania, where Walter
'Deb' Wiltrout is running for Supervisor of Bullskin Township

near a house with nice landscaping in Beamsville, Ontario, the year's
extreme southern dashpoint score for Canada (so far), which, oddly, is
a lot farther south than a lot of dashpoints in the US

a drive-by on a rainy afternoon in the Willamette Valley, Oregon ("It
was raining hard enough that I could not hear the radio. There's a
reason things are so green here!")

just offshore of Naosap Lake. That's Manitoba. That's Canada. Pretty
far north for November Geodashing.

in Maine, on the grounds of a very nicely done "Elderly Housing"
complex in calm woodsy setting

40 feet into the pines off the entrance road to Missouri's church camp

in the front yard of the large mobile home in Pennsylvania, near a
deer statue in a clump of trees that still had a few red leaves
clinging to their branches

in the heart of the Poconos in Pennsylvania, in a large lake resort
around Tego Lake near a 14 foot tall chimney standing over some
scattered rubble of a former structure of some sort

in Victoria, Australia, through a rusty gate that leads to a
tumbledown farmhouse, of which all that is left are two brick chimneys
and the corrugated iron sheet that was once the roof

on Damper Dam Track in Australia's Redcastle State Forest among thinly
spread stringy eucalypts and many yellow, blue and violet wildflowers

in Minnesota's Pike Lake scoreable from the edge of the cattails

in a farm paddock in South Australia ("I like these wide open spaces.
On an overcast day, it feels like the sky is falling on your head.")

near a small dressage area on a very large estate deep in Virginia
horse country ("One reason for all the traffic on this one lane road
was some sort of equestrian event.")

and in a hilly field in Templeton, California, in a mulch pile, within
site of irises and within sound of crickets chirping on a beautiful
fall day


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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