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Geodashing: Jan10   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 103 (GDAD)

"The first dashpoint should have been a driveby, but Mount Aitken Road
had been commandeered by a local farm, turned into a ploughed field,
and closed off with a locked gate.  A heavy fog had descended and the
black cattle roaming in the paddock were difficult to see, so this was
an additional hurdle.  By now it was raining.  I walked slowly to the
zero point without seeing, or bumping into, any of the cattle I could
hear moving around.  As I returned to the car I caught a glimpse of
the cattle in the paddock moving en masse towards the gate by which I
had entered. I made it before they did, but the fog was so thick by
then that I had no idea how close they were. When I arrived at the car
with soaking wet socks and trousers, Madam Dash knew she had made the
right decision by staying in the car."

That's Geodashing in Victoria with Dashing Dog Mac


"The embankment was steep, the water deep, I was in someone’s farm
field and I had my slippers on."

That's Geodashing in Mississippi with RogBarn


Game 103 of Geodashing was won by new team "ImagineNation" whose five
team members travelled together to enough dashpoints to make up for
the significant team scoring handicap when doing so.  Honorable
mentions go to teams "GeoTerriers" and "Home for the Itinerant."

Individual honors go to McMeanderer.  Honorable mentions go to RogBarn
and Jack Frickey.

The game saw 91 dashpoint hunts in six countries (the US, Australia,
Germany, Canada, Estonia and France).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in a foggy paddock in Victoria, Australia, scored on a rainy New
Year's Day

next to a double Soaptree Yucca in Arizona, scored on an "absolutely
beautiful" New Year's Day

in a field next to a farm near Obergeislbach, Germany, with the road
to the farm uphill and covered with ice and the air windy and chilly

in the truck loading area of a now empty warehouse/distribution
facility outside of Chicago ("evidently the economic times had hit
this plant")

on a plot of California desert, with streets graded down into the soil
and street signs posted at the corners but no actual construction
begun ("I assume that the housing collapse in California stalled any
planned work.")

in the Doubletree Hotel complex in Tucson, Arizona, a place that holds
defensive driving courses for unnamed drivers unlucky enough to be
captured in their dashmobiles by speed cameras

in California's Charmlee Nature Park, once a working cattle ranch, now
a park with trails lined with sagebrush, with a little ceanothus,
chamise and laurel sumac for variety

in a dense brushy area of a house in Maryland with a manicured garden
with numerous statuary, a wooden bridge and entry arbor and a
beautifully restored 1930s green and white Buick or Pontiac in the

in a graveyard near Vallauris, France, surrounded by a fence with no
gate ("although there must be one somewhere!")

in a snow-covered field close to the Kuressaare-Kuivastu road in

in a snow-covered field in Minnesota ("I broke through the crust on
almost every step. I must get some snowshoes.")

in a snow-covered field in Vermont ("1st jaunt on the new Xmas
snowshoes! Got it!")

and in a flat paddock in Victoria, Australia ("Well, it was a shocker
of a day! 44 degrees Celsius and the car's air-conditioning was
feeling it just as we were. We stopped the car at 63 metres on the
side of Shepherd Rd and I was grateful that I didn't have to go out
into the blazing sun.")


Lord Drago demonstrates how to make the most of a failed hunt:

"Me and the not-so-loyal crew of the pirate ship Blood Gem, were
headed to claim the Treasure Island. We passed several other pirate
ships on the way, but they did not know were the island was, we did
because we had taken the king's son, Richard, hostage and he had told
us where to go. On the way to Treasure Island, there was a great storm
and we lost our way. Because of this we were forced to traverse a
giant waterfall with rapids. We did manage to make it to Treasure
Island, but there were so many ships there we were forced to dock at a
nearby island. We got to the shore of the island, but were
disappointed to find that a volcanic eruption had hardened the ground,
making the treasure unnatainable."


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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