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Geodashing: Mar05   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"Large boulders prevented a direct path along the contour line.  I had
to deviate up and down around large boulders, sheer faces, and
inaccessible cliffs on significantly sloping terrain the entire way.
About half way there, we startled about 20 Bighorn Sheep in the distance
who rapidly scaled the rocks and went over the ridgeline to the north."

-- That's Geodashing with wisk in California

"Our adventure industry had built swimming 'hotel' with sauna on this
river delta and we had to ski 8,2 km from a small village near dashpoint
to our swimming sleeping place frozen to ice now. It was -20 degrees but
after a sauna it was great to take a bath in ice hole cut to 25 cm thick

-- That's Geodashing with kylamees in Estonia


Game 45 of Geodashing was won by "Home for the Itinerant", largely
through the efforts of McMeanderer, who set a new record for points in a
game, 131. BOB held the old record of 129 in Game 6. Second place went
to Llama League and third place to Team Oz.

Individual honors went, of course, to McMeanderer, who kept us all in
suspense whether he would break the record, watching the reports come in
all the way from Illinois to New Brunswick. Second place individual
honors went to TEAM LANDCRUISER, whose 4WD took us all over Western
Australia, and third place to YLO_RLR.

Game 45 saw 305 dashpoint hunts (breaking the record of 251 set in Game
28) in 13 countries (breaking the record of 12 set in Game 20 and tied
in Game 40). We saw visits to Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada,
Germany, Estonia, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, UK and USA,
and the game's first-ever visit to a dashpoint in Iraq.


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in Nomme, one of the loveliest parts of the Estonian capital of Tallinn,
visited on March 1 by six players, tying the record for most visits to a
single dashpoint

in a field in Vienna (Ohio), scored after dinner in Dublin (Ohio) and
coffee in London (Ohio), quite the international ::cough:: adventure

in a snowy field in Belgium within sight of the small church of
Meetkerke and an old windmill that maybe will be restored in Spring

near a Dutch hill formed by years of dumping waste, now converted to a
recreation area, covered with snow and the winter home to sledding

in the frozen swamps south of Warsaw, a nice piece of wilderness located
near civilization and roads

in a great chunk of Pennsylvania woodlands, fields and lowlands all
rolled into one, a spot among the suburban sprawl where you can connect
with nature

on the edge of the Kettle Moraine, a lovely large natural area formed by
glaciers in southeastern Wisconsin

in Oregon, in the forest of Newberry National Volcanic Monument
reached by cross-country hike because the trail was iced over

on Estonia's Noarootsi peninsula, visited by taking a shortcut across
the sea on an official ice road from Haapsalu town

at about 5200 feet in Oregon, where the forest meets the desert among
many cinder cones, unreachable about 6 km beyond impassible snow

near the highest waterfall of Estonia, "Valaste juga", frozen and
extremely beautiful

in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, where the mountains are
"gushing with water -- a waterfall paradise."

in a field next to a snow-covered cemetery in Austria

in a cemetery in the old and small town of McAdoo, Pennsylvania

in Oklahoma, south of an old tin barn and the steps of an old house
foundation, with plenty of red dirt roads all around

just outside the Cotswold village of Chipping Campden, in a little
wooded area with wild daffodils and snowdrops

on flat brush-covered ground in California, with desert wildflowers and
butterflies everywhere

just south of a house in Illinois with so much stuff on the front porch
that every day looks like the owners are having a yard sale

in the middle of a trash-strewn median in Naples, Italy (a mattress,
a broken folding chair, cans, bottles, etc.)

out of reach in southern California, in a neighborhood of homes that are
all the multimillion dollar types with fences, hedges, 1/4 mile
driveways, Hummers, Jaguars, acreage

about 15 kms north of Western Australia's Tuckanarra Homestead, a
kilometer off road through the bush

in the Banneker Ridge neighborhood of Washington, D.C., The first major
single-family sub-division to be built in the area in over 40 years

in the Baakens Valley green belt that runs all the way through Port
Elizabeth, South Africa

in the middle of a Florida real estate development that never got off
the ground

on a dirt road in California City, scored very early on the morning when
the International Space Station transited the moon

in Oregon's Ponderosa Land & Cattle Company property, near an old
logging road that climbs to the top of Little Squaw Back, a short but
wide butte with a politically incorrect name

on a steep slope in the California Sierras near the Domeland Wilderness,
in a spot likely to have never seen a human

from the road-kill skunk, a short 400 foot walk towards a corral on a
ranch near Itasca, Texas ("A Big Little Town")

in ranchland west of Albuquerque, New Mexico

on sagebrush ground near Cove Fort, Utah, site of a Mormon pioneer
settlement dating to 1867

just over the top of a hill in a cow pasture just west of New Market Gap
in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia

in southwestern Utah, beautiful with its red and pink rock and
snow-capped mountains and (sometimes) hard-packed dirt roads that allow
60 mph driving speed

on slippery, lichen-covered rocks near California's Lava Beds National

in rugged country of Texas' Big Bend National Park, near tall dagger
yuccas, ocotillo and other scrub brush in a shallow wash

on a plateau above Oregon's Crooked River, near an airstrip that also
serves as a local street

in Iraq, on a barren airport runway used as a road, with lots of
abandoned cars nearby

between the two platforms of the small railroad station "Merten" between
Cologne (Köln) and Bonn

on land reclaimed from the sea in the Netherlands, from which you can
see a few farms and glass warehouses

in undeveloped crown land in Western Australia, near a billabong with a
colour so green you'd have to be pretty thirsty to touch it

and on the broad floodplain of the Wisconsin River, where a pair of
cranes objected long and loud to the approach of humans


In the category of "foiled by Mother Nature", we have this from a report
by YLO_RLR of a mad dash across California and Nevada:

"Badwater is the basin of Death Valley (-282ft). The recent rains in
California made this a lake ...  I found the dirt road full of ruts,
ruts as large as my tires ...  The roads were dirt, but large pools of
water hindered our efforts.  No way through ...  I parked near where the
map said was a road. The road was washed out completely ...  Took CA120
west but was stopped by a gate...the snow had not been plowed and there
was no passage. I was still over 6 miles away ... The pass I was going
to take to cross the Sierras was closed due to snow."

Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, in New Brunswick,
McMeanderer faced his own challenges:

"The last attempt was the Drive from Hell. I fought a mud and ice road
for twenty or so miles only to find the road I needed yet another
impassable one. Routing back to Fredericton I had to go a further twenty
or so miles only for the road to be closed suddenly. This particular
road was the worst I’ve ever driven on, complete with a sinkhole that
took out half of the road and four or five flood streams that washed
away entire two foot sections across the road. I somehow only got stuck
twice. The second road I tried ended suddenly at what appeared to be a
lake, although I suspect it wasn’t there before the flooding. Two other
routes led to impassable roads."


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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