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Geodashing: Aug05   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  
"I felt my vehicle start to settle as I drove, there was no turning back
or stopping now. The dry flat mud was dry on the top but not a half inch
underneath! Mud was flying everywhere and the nose of my vehicle and
its velocity vector were not always aligned. If I got stuck now, my
winch line would have to be about a mile long to be of any use.
Windshield wipers on high, they soon ran out of wiper fluid. Down came
my window. Finally, I was back on firm ground. The Tahoe was dripping
mud with the consistency of wet viscous plaster. It would later prove to
dry almost as hard when I tried to wash it off."

-- That's Geodashing in Utah with Wisk

"I shoved off and started paddling. There was a bit of a wind from the
south, which slowed my progress a bit. 34 minutes and 2 km later, my
GPS said I was 10 meters away. I paddled to the nearest shore and
determined that if one can find one's way to the nearest bit of land,
one could wade 20 meters in knee-to-thigh deep water and score without a
watercraft. With the wind at my back, the return trip took about 27

-- That's Geodashing in Maryland with BOB


Game 50 of Geodashing was won by "Home for the Itinerant", breaking a
streak of three wins by "Llama League", who finished second this month.
In third place were the "GeoTerriers". The winning team score of 208 set
a new one-game team record.

Individual honors went to McMeanderer with Team Armadillo in second,
both from "Home for the Itinerant", naturally. RogBarn and Dave Hinns
tied for third, helped by mad dashes to Florida and France,

Game 50 saw 247 dashpoint hunts in 9 countries (Australia, Estonia, UK,
France, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Japan, and the USA).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

just around the back of one of the lakes of the UK's Cotswold water
park, scored on a bright sunny morning as a couple of hot air balloons
were passing low enough to wish them a good morning

up a Japanese mountainside, logged clean some time ago, but now with a
good, thick, waist-high rush growth

a short distance down an old logging road in Maine, across a steep gully
and an old stone bridge, just before a small brook and set of falls, dry
on this day

in Oregon, near Browns Mountain, surrounded by three generations of
pine: 5 year Lodgepole, 20 year Lodgepole, and large Ponderosa, likely
300+ years old

in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, in a typical hardwood forest consisting
of sugar maple, American beech, and eastern hemlock, marked with the
customary blue and orange paint of loggers

near the little town of Benge, Washington, home of one of the channeled
scabland coulees cut by the post glacial floods that roared through
eastern Washington when ice dams gave way on Lake Missoula

near Utah's Rattlesnake Peak, at the end of a 780 meter hike through
thick pinion pine and juniper trees and increasingly deeper and steeper
dry stream beds ("OOOHHHH that 780 meters")

a mile upstream on the McCully fork of Oregon's Powder river, a quarter
mile "straight up" in a stand of pine and fir

in the dense forest of Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Mountains, up a
miles-long hike on a soft sand road through the Great Sand Dunes
National Park

in 'Knobby' country west of Johnson City, Tennessee, with a lovely view
of Bluff Mountain

on Missionary Island in the Maumee River outside Toledo, Ohio, a long
0.1 mile away from anywhere reachable without a boat

in a field with a view overlooking the unfinished bridge to the UK's
Isle of Sheppey

89 meters from the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Canada to
Mexico, south of Mount Hood in Oregon on a sliver of land called the
McQuinn Strip, created by surveying error and argued over for a hundred

in the middle of the Estonian forests, somewhere near Raudoja stream, 20
meters from the forest trail, with many raspberries around

south of Nantes, near a signpost saying Ruffole, in a field of vines,
unusual with black grapes instead of white

on the run up from Pennsylvania to Buffalo along Lake Erie, with miles
and miles of grapes on the vine along the way, on a ridge overlooking
the lake

in Indiana, down a one-lane gravel road very straightly splitting crops,
first corn, then soy beans, then corn left and soy beans right, then
soybeans again

a quarter mile into a North Carolina field of peanuts, tobacco and
cotton, near a nice cluster of Passion Flower ("Passiflora incarnata")

north of the town of Coutras, France, at the end of a no through road in
a field of tobacco

in a paddock outside Melbourne, shared by 15 spritely young bulls,
scored very carefully from 95 meters

in Finland's Valkeala countryside, in the middle of a logged opening
which was waiting for replanting, home to deer louse flies, butterflies,
and a nice garden spider with three points written on her back

in California's Mojave Desert, down an overgrown double track, then a
short hike to the dashpoint, past scurrying lizards in the desert scrub

in the Nevada desert outside Las Vegas, within 25 meters of an old
Desert Tortoise shell

on a bridge over the Florida State Barge Canal, just east of the steam
towers of a nuclear power plant

in Seattle's Discovery Park, near a military barracks and up a steep
scramble through thick underbrush

in the yard of a house for sale in Hoogmade, Netherlands, scored from
across the canal, within view of water, farmland, even a windmill

behind Bud's Cardinal Market in Kentucky, down rolling country roads
with spectacular views of the Kentucky River gorge

outside Amesbury near the village of Lake, a proper Wiltshire village
with old thatched cottages, on a footpath leading to Stonehenge

near a rusty old stop sign and a rundown shed with a blue tarp on Bud
Street in downtown Dundee, Ohio

and on one of several mad dashes, this month, this one across Illinois,
Kentucky and Georgia, featuring a fallen down steeple, a swooping
airplane, and a pink elephant


In the category of "why is this difficult to understand?" Ash Doge
relates this conversation:
"Is there something there?"
"Well yes, but I won’t know what until I get there."

In the category of "be prepared", Wisk leaves for North Dakota and 18
dashpoints, 13 confluences, 3400 miles and 238 gallons of gas:
"I've got the Road to Nowhere on CD, two spare tires, plenty of
batteries, and a very favorable lunar phase for my trip."

In the category of "persistence pays", hidehairy reports from Finland:
"Port of Kotka is one of the busiest in Finland. I knew it wasn't going
to be easy to get to this one as it was deep in the Mussalo quay area.
I was told that they might give me the permission, but that at first I
must be given some safety lessons and must wear safety clothing, and
they were too busy to do that. And what was I getting if I ever got
there - fortune or fame? Then - a miracle - perhaps the nice guy got
interested to see what the hell I was talking about - because he said he
was going for lunch and could pick me up with the company van and get me
to the DP. WOW!"


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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