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Geodashing: Mar15   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 165 (GDCN)

"The tracks are ex-logging tracks, with no maintenance. While I went
on Jeep Track it was no wider than a motorbike most of the way. Lost
the mirror protectors ($160 @), and then came to a downed tree. The
machete worked well on the vines, but not so good on the hardwood
tree. The chainsaw that I had borrowed refused to start. Tried too
early to get the car through, and got it promptly STUCK! Spent the
last of daylight getting the engine protector off that had gotten
caught in the vines and stopped me from reversing ($250). Slept over
in the car. Then at first light saw what still had to be done. By 9am
I was ready to have another go, and gunned it, almost stripping the
tyres. Then it was mostly down hill, and I was praying that I would
NOT have to come back that way, as I'm sure I would have done more
damage to the car. Finally found the track to the dashpoint, and the
first 400m fooled me into thinking it was just a dirt road. Almost
took out EVERYTHING under the car in the first creek crossing. Some
30cm cubed rocks were lurking in the mud. When I came to another steep
downhill section I took off on foot; now only 1.5 km as the crow
flies. Closer, then further away as the road zigzagged. Finally found
a road that was marked as a track on the GPSr, and that made the
walking easier. A lot of lantana blocked the way at times, and the
hillsides were quite steep. No signs of elapids (poisonous snakes), so
the biggest risk was broken leg or sprained ankle. Finally got through
enough lantana to get to 97m, where there was a more extreme wall.
After more than 24 hours 'on the road' I was happy to turn around and
get back to the car. On the way out I punctured a tyre in a creek
crossing ($125), and the exhaust pipe broke off its mounting (find out
next week how much that is worth)."

That's Geodashing in New South Wales with Grahame Cookie

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Game 165 (GDCN) of Geodashing was won by team GeoTerriers, their
eighth win in a row. Honorable mentions go to Llama League and En
Dash!

Individual honors go to SoccerFanatics. Honorable mentions go to
Dashing Dog Mac, Madam Dash and deodasher.

The game saw 49 dashpoint hunts in six countries (UK, US, Australia,
Estonia, Canada and Germany).

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

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

on vacant land that will eventually become part of the Inspirada
master planned community in Henderson, Nevada

south of Birmingham, England, off Poolhead Road inside the boundary of
a house called Lodge Farm

near Elk River, Minnesota, in the yard of a home with a flagpole
flying the Star Spangled Banner of the USA above a POW/MIA flag

in northern Wisconsin, in a second growth forest of pine, birch, and
aspen abut 5 km from the south shore of Lake Superior

near Thousand Oaks, California, in the right-hand lane of the
east-bound side of the residential Lynn Road ("all one can see is a
high bank of ivy and junipers")

in an empty paddock in the lush hilly area known as The Dandenongs
east of Melbourne ("A wooden cottage was adjacent to the paddock in
this idyllic location.")

in Mt Disappointment National Park, Victoria, Australia, an area
notorious for the 2009 bushfires that devastated the surrounding
countryside

near Woodbine, Maryland, about 90 meters up a long driveway lined with
6 foot high lights to house with white siding and black shutters and a
railing along the large front porch

in the pristine desert in the State Trust Land north of Tucson ("The
only man-made structures I could see in all directions were the road,
a small pond to the west and the tip of a tower to the south.")

outside a single-level cream brick house on Kangaroo Hills Road
in Smeaton, Victoria, Australia, an historic gold-mining town

in Bannockburn, England, near the base of a new pylon for a
high-voltage overhead line under construction to carry electrical
energy south from Scotland's growing number of wind turbines

in the middle of the slow lane of California Highway 84 east just
before it meets up with the Hwy 880 interchange ("Just about the time
you're reading the big green signs to see which lane ends up going
north to Oakland or south to San Jose, you're passing right over the
dashpoint.")

in north St Louis County, in a nice neighborhood of 1950s single story
houses with well-kept yards ("the house with the dashpoint had several
signs warning of video surveillance, guard dogs and guns")

in a soybean field overlooking a wooded ravine between Omaha and
Kansas City

near Strawberry Reservoir in the Uinta National Forest in the middle
of hundreds of acres of thick sagebrush ("One sagebrush had the
audacity to actually grab my ankle and trip me.")

at the west end of Triesdorf/Weidenbach, Germany, just past the market
square, next to a house with a solar array on the roof

and on the edge of a meadow, next to a compost pile in Estonia

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

Haraldpoiss explains why leaving the car at home can be a good choice:

"Bus dropped me 2km from the point, from where I took a walk. Weather
was couple of degrees above 0C, cloudy and little bit windy. The point
was on the edge of a meadow, next to a compost pile. After that I took
a long walk in nature, because the next bus back was 6h later ;)  It
was nice and relaxing like always."

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

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 ( 09:33 Sunday, 05 April 2015 UTC )


 
 

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