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Geodashing: Jun10   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 108 (GDAI)

"Almost as soon as I threw my leg over the bike to leave, big, fat
drops of rain started falling. As I got out of town and up to speed, I
discovered that my MX-type helmet did nothing to prevent rain drops
from hitting my nose and cheekbones. Now, a rain drop doesn't feel so
bad when you are walking, or even at 30 MPH, but when you are
traveling at 65 MPH each one feels like a needle on your face. I
headed up the Powell Butte Hwy, and as I got near Prineville, the rain
let up, only to be replaced by hail. Huge noise on my helmet, pain in
my face, and little pebbles of ice all over the road.  The rain never
let up, just varied with intensity.  Down the Crooked River Hwy, about
50 kilometers of twisty pavement, then another 50 kilometers of
gravel. It's the last state highway in Oregon that's unpaved. I headed
down it, and after about 20 minutes on the gravel/mud, with two
streams of muddy water splashing on my legs, I had to stop and make a
fire to warm up and dry out, as I was soaked through. Nothing that you
can buy/make is waterproof enough to stand up to that amount of
splashing water. I finally got home at 2030. Total time: 7 1/2 hours,
raining the whole time, except when it hailed."

That's Geodashing in Oregon with nn2s2u


Game 108 (GDAI) of Geodashing was won by team "Llama League" for their
second win in a row. Honorable mentions go to "En Dash!" and "Home for
the Itinerant."

Individual honors go to Jack Frickey. Honorable mentions go to
geodasher and, tied for third, riverdash, RogBarn and Webfoot.

The game saw 63 dashpoint hunts in seven countries (the US, Estonia,
Australia, Finland, Italy, Canada and Norway.)


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

on Interstate 5 in central California, with a field of alfalfa in the
foreground and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the far

at the entrance to the training ground of the old Joliet Arsenal in
Illinois, now converted to an army training facility, the Midewin Tall
Grass Prairie and a military cemetery

eighty-three meters from a small country road in Estonia ("I went
there through the forest, crossing a ditch and eating some delicious
fresh ends of spruce branches on the way, full of vitamins.")

along a graded road on Arizona State Trust Land near a blooming

in an empty stretch of desert south of Edwards Air Force Base in
California, where Joshua Trees were found at the unusually low
altitude of 2380 feet

along a horse and hiking trail in Maryland's Northwest Branch Park,
where except for the abundance of mud puddles, the one mile round trip
hike is quite pleasant

in the San Rafael neighborhood west of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena,
California, where a million dollars might buy you a starter house

between two cul-de-sacs of large houses on small blocks in a Melbourne
housing estate

near a concrete sheep trough along a fenceline of the Nannawarra
woolshed in Victoria, Australia

along a deep cut in Interstate 240 in Asheville, North Carolina, where
the exposed rock has amazing large swirls in it ("That's some severely
tortured rock.")

in the Mississippi River in Minnesota, scorable from the east bank

near a semi-hidden glen populated by grazing sheep ("We don't see lots
of sheep in Nebraska, so it's always fun to spot them.")

near a high mountain pass in Utah, above the timberline, with
elevation about 2,950 meters or 9,700 feet, but there was lots of
green grass around

in a stand of tall birch trees on the Willard Munger trail in

on a gravel path in a forest patch of spruce and birch in Finland ...
near a Cambodian restaurant

in the gentle hills of southern Tuscany, with a lush growth of
wildflowers on both sides of the road and many plant nurseries
specialising in the famous Tuscan pencil pines in the area

just off the road near Nelson, Nevada, a little old mining town south
of Las Vegas, mostly abandoned now

in an Indiana cornfield, with the closest access from a LARGE
windmills in a soy bean field next to it

in a private garden with a trampoline in it in Norway

near Ülemiste Lake in Estonia ("It was kinda jungle out there, really
tall grass/hay and lot of mosquitoes.")

and in Oregon, at the junction of the Waldo Lake Trail and the access
road to Islet Campground ("I had the place to myself. There were not
even many mosquitoes which can be awful here in summer.")


geodasher reminds us to notice the scents, too:

"The highlight of the day's drive was north on a state highway. We
crested a hill and were overcome by the fragrance of several square
miles of evening primrose in full bloom. We pulled over and moved
among them like bees. An unexpected treat that we would have missed
except for the dashpoint detour."

Jack Frickey reminds us, that however unlikely, you just might be told

"A man (Brian) emerged from the garage of the house.  I hesitantly
asked Brian if I could walk out couple hundred meters into the wheat
field and take some pictures.  He seemed less concerned about my
walking out into the middle of the field than of the fact that the
wheat was not yet mature and would produce much better pictures in a
couple weeks when it would be a nice golden color."


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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