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Geodashing: Oct13   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 148 (GDBW)

"Just down the road I stopped and pulled over to the side of the road
to take a photo of a property sign advertising breeders alpacas
(similar to llamas I guess), but as I was running the engine for the
headlights to try and get enough lighting for a camera with an almost
flat battery (couldn't use the flash), the car ran out of petrol. In
this area the service stations usually close at 6pm, so I was very
grateful I had thought ahead and brought along the lawn mower fuel can
to get me going to a large enough town where there would be overnight
fuel. I jumped the fence and walked across an open paddock to ground
zero. Only one car went past in all the time it took me to get there
and back."

That's Geodashing in New South Wales with Grahame Cookie

"I could have just driven there of course, but that would have been a
little bit too easy and boring. So I took a bus to Liiva 7km away and
walked from there. The weather was nice and there were beautiful
autumnal colors everywhere. After leaving the main road, the traffic
become very sparse, so during 4km only 5 cars passed by me. And 2 of
them stopped to offer me a lift!!! Crazy friendly people of Muhu
island ;) But as i had the 4.5h walk planned already, I refused
politely."

That's Geodashing in Estonia with Haraldpoiss

"As I drove down Bluff Road in Illinois in the broad area between the
Mississippi River and tall bluffs, I could tell it is October.  Many
corn fields were completely bare, a few still had corn stalks, already
harvested and brown and dry and waiting to be cut down. The few
soybean fields I saw had varying amounts of yellowing leaves, another
sign that the crop had ripened and was ready for harvest.  After I
scored the dashpoint and was driving on top of a levee, I approached a
turkey vulture feasting on some road kill.  I slowed down to let him
fly off as they always do but I was amazed at what I saw next.  The
vulture bent over, picked up the carcass and slowly flapped his way
off the road towards some trees.  Weighted down by the carcass, it
never gained much altitude but it didn't need it as the ground sloped
downward from the top of the levee."

That's Geodashing in Illinois with RogBarn

==================================

Game 148 (GDBW) of Geodashing was won by team Llama League. Honorable
mentions go to teams Laid Back Dashers and GeoTerriers.

Individual honors go to Douq Millar. Honorable mentions go to Grahame
Cookie and deodasher.

The game saw 57 dashpoint hunts in six countries (Australia, US,
Estonia, New Zealand, Germany and Canada).

==================================

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

among the red and yellow autumn leaves above two switchbacks
on Utah's Mount Nebo

on Estonia's Muhu Island, in a sheep pasture only 100 meters from the
Baltic Sea

in a pine forest, ten years or so from harvesting, on New Zealand's
North Island

on Discovery Point in Seattle, off a typical Washington narrow road
with dense heavy undergrowth, tall trees with big canopies

in vineyards in Wackenheim, Germany

a drive-by on central California's Interstate Highway 5, with grape
vines on one side and nut trees on the other

in a cotton field in California's Central Valley, where a nearby
orchard owner posted this sign: "Prayer is the best way to meet the
Lord. Trespassing is faster."

in Iowa, in a cornfield across a gravel road from five storage bins
which must be loaded with grain as the drying fans can be heard
whirring

in a farm field in central Illinois, now shared with hundreds of wind
turbines generating power

just inside the fence of an unharvested soybean field in rolling
western Iowa hills

in a cornfield in Nebraska down a dirt track with gravel in the tire
tracks and grass between ("Our tires were caked with mud, so that when
we got back on the main county road, we were throwing clods from all
four tires.")

in Illinois, in a harvested cornfield in the broad area between the
Mississippi River and tall bluffs

out of reach on a peninsula formed by a looping river in New South
Wales, a peninsula whose neck had been washed away, leaving the point
on an island

on an abandoned dairy farm in Chino, California ("Lots of stalls, feed
racks and water troughs to be seen, and a couple of empty houses with
some broken windows stand guard over all of it.")

across the street from a Safeway grocery store in Arnold, Maryland

in the lounge room of a large, modern two-storey grey house in a very
nice neighbourhood just a block away from the beach and the popular
Main Street shopping strip of Mornington, Victoria, Australia

next to a barn at the dead end of a road in a housing development in
Maryland, near a tree that isn't there (that is, the tree shown in
Google Street View is no longer there)

beside a pond, very near to the Illinois state fairgrounds in
Springfield

and in bare rolling hills, but out of reach, on Utah's Fort Williams
State Military Reservation

==================================

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
http://GPSgames.org .

Last Updated ( 14:53 Monday, 04 November 2013 UTC )


 
 

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