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Geodashing: Nov13   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 149 (GDBX)

"Like I've been lately trying to do, I decided to enjoy the features
of local bus traffic. The point was just 19km from my home anyway. It
was on a meadow, few meters from forest. After visiting, I took a
longer walk in the forest behind it. When I wanted to take the bus
back, the bus driver almost drove by me when I was standing in the bus
stop. Only after I raised my hand, he finally stopped about 30-40m
past me. That was a close one, but eventually I still got on it. And
of course it was the last bus back on that day. Next morning I
discovered a tick from the skin of my stomach. Dead. I must be
poisonous."

That's Geodashing in Estonia with Haraldpoiss

"It's a miserably cold day with freezing rain completely coating the
car with ice and then we have to drive on four different freeways with
multiple wrecks (even overturned cars) to get to a "rest stop"
(actually a closed weigh station). The stop provided a chance to get
out ice scraper and clean windshield and blades. Anyway a very quick
walk through frozen (ice coated) grass to the barrier fence got us to
the edge of a plowed field in otherwise flat farm country west of
Oklahoma City."

That's Geodashing in Oklahoma with Douq Millar

"I headed out of Boulder City early in the morning down a powerline
road, following it up and over the mountains and down toward Jean, NV.
The road over the mountains was rather washed out and my vehicle
"cluncked down" on some of the exposed boulders several times. I saw
in my rear view mirror orange arrow signs indicating a turn. It turned
out I was on an off-road race track and I was heading the wrong way on
it. I continued on hoping that I wouldn't come across any off-road
racers heading toward me at some breakneck speed. Due to the race
traffic the center ridge on the 2 track dirt road was so high that I
had been dragging my skidplate most of the way. When I got to the
railroad tracks, the culvert under them was looking awfully low. I
tried the right most arch but was going to scrape my roof rack on it.
It looked like the left most arch may be a bit higher so I tried it
and just squeaked thru by an inch or so. I followed the railroad
tracks south until I got to my closest approach to the dashpoint and
then walked in the final quarter mile. I headed back toward Boulder
City. I stopped for a short break and noticed a spray of fluid all
over my tailgate and back glass and limped to the closest repair shop.
I found out that the rear end housing cover had gotten dented and
caused the rear end grease to leak out but there must have been enough
left so I didn't totally destroy the rear axle, PHEW. Also, after I
got home I checked about off road races and found out that there had
been races the day before, the day I had planned to make this trek but
postponed so my brother-in-law could go along, double PHEW."

That's Geodashing in Nevada with D

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Game 149 (GDBX) of Geodashing resulted in a tie between teams Llama
League and GeoTerriers. Honorable mention goes to team Laid Back
Dashers.

Individual honors are shared by Douq Millar and deodasher, thanks to
their travels from Nebraska to Texas. Honorable mentions go to Dashing
Dog Mac and Madam Dash.

The game saw 99 dashpoint hunts in six countries (Germany, US, UK,
Australia, New Zealand and Estonia).

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

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

down a very rough dirt road containing water-filled potholes leading
to the edge of Australia's Corio Bay ("a great view of jet skiers and
fishermen in small motor boats")

behind a large wooden doorway just round the corner from the "Weiße
Burg" (white castle) in Sechtem, Germany

in the historic gold-mining town of Maldon, Victoria, Australia, near
a Diggings Heritage Area with a Goldfields Steam Railway in full swing

in Manassas Battlefield National Park in Virginia, down a dirt road
close to where Bull Run flows under Sudley Road, and across that road
from Featherbed Lane

in an unfenced green pasture next to sorghum fields near the famous
old cattle drive town of Dodge City, Kansas

in a beautifully green paddock of grass cows to enjoy on a dairy farm
on the North Island of New Zealand

in an unfenced unharvested corn field in Nebraska

in a plowed farm field in Illinois, surrounded by plowed farm fields
all ready for winter, only a few farm houses and a wind farm in the
far distance visible

in a green field behind a fence in the Texas panhandle, a new extreme
north for the state ("What can I say...it's flat and flat and flat out
here")

in Ohio, near a drainage area overgrown with brush down a private road
that used to be public until it was cut off the Interstate 70

on a dirt road in a very flat lonely part of New Mexico ("The main
things to see are center pivot irrigators and feed processing plants
at the feedlots.")

in a recently logged forest in New South Wales ("saw several large
grey kangaroos, lots of black cows and a couple of rabbits")

in Utah, down an unnamed dirt road in sparse, dried grass and
scattered bushes, just before a sandy dry wash

in typical scrub just off the beach near Wallabi Point, New South
Wales

in a little cluster of trees just up a bank and over a fence from a
quiet rural dirt road in New Zealand

in a wooded area, pine and birch, down a one lane road of natural sand
and rock, south of Lake Lawrence, Minnesota

in an "immaculately kept" trailer park in Tennessee

near an old chicken coop in the back yard of bright yellow house in
Illinois

near a low stone wall, behind a closed iron gate that blocks access to
the steep driveway leading up to a multi-million dollar home in
Burlingame, California

on the far northern outskirts of Melbourne, surrounded by empty green
fields waiting to be developed into residential housing estates
("available from AU$260,000 if anyone is interested.")

and northeast of Heathcoate, Victoria, in an idyllic pastoral scene of
softly sloping grassy fields, full dams, gum trees, the bleating of
fat sheep and the incessant laughter of a pair of kookaburras

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

deodasher explains the honor code of Geodashing:

"At about 600m the road had become very rocky and steep downhill, so I
parked and struck out on foot. At about 300m I could see that the
normally dry Rio Penasco actually had water; now I was trying to
remember which side of it the DP was on. And then there was the sign.
After no sign on the gate and a faded sign on the road, now there is a
brand new, completely clear and unambiguous No Trespassing sign,
literally in the middle of nowhere. I decided something terrible would
happen if I made the quick dash of another 84m to score so I
retreated. I continued to ponder the weirdness of a "public" road
ending at a pile of rocks and a sign. So a good adventure, lots of
country to see but no score. I should get honor points for obeying a
sign you have to hike nearly a kilometer to even find!"

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

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 ( 09:34 Wednesday, 04 December 2013 UTC )


 
 

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