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Geodashing: Oct05   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"It didn't take long to catch up with the traffic heading southwest
towards Phillip Island. At Cranbourne thousands of motorcyclists
assembled to participate in the Grand Prix Rat Run.  We got past them
but then stopped for a coffee at Caldermeade and had to wait about 20
minutes for the procession of motorbikes, led by the police, to pass us
by.  There were bikes and bikers, of all sizes, ages, makes and models -
a great spectacle."

-- That's Geodashing in Australia with Madam Dash

"When I left Hässleholm it was rather misty, but as I got closer to the
coast, the fog disappeared and the sun came through. I left the motorway
and set course for the small country parish Askome (170 inhabitants).
Askome lies in the beautiful valley of river Ätran and has been settled
since prehistoric times. The name of the parish means 'ash home', i.e.
the settlement by the ash trees."

-- That's Geodashing in Sweden with fairhair

"The whole area, the lake, the woods, the farm, and especially the fall
color made for a very attractive point. There was unharvested corn
reaching back to the shores of the lake. This was a wonderful drive
through rural Minnesota on a perfect day, so thanks to Geodashing we had
a great little sidetrip."

-- That's Geodashing in Minnesota with Douq Millar

"Halloween was just about over. Time for a couple minutes of quick
surfing before going to sleep. I was very surprised to find that the
Llama League’s almost 100 point lead was gone and we were now behind by
2 points!  It had been an extremely busy month for me, could I get a
dash for the team in under 2 hours? I had planned BACU earlier in the
month but simply ran out of time.  It was now or never and never also
meant a second place finish for the team."

-- That's dedicated Geodashing by Wisk in North Dakota


Game 52 of Geodashing was won by "Llama League" with a last minute score
to overcome a late surge by "GeoTerriers" that almost overcame a huge
lead held by "Llama League" through most of the game. "FinnTeam 68N"
finished in third place.

Individual honors went to Douq Millar, thanks to a mad dash across
Minnesota and North Dakota and an earlier mad dash across Nebraska --
hot, dry, windy, dusty and now brown as well.  deodasher and martpol
finished second and third, respectively.

Game 52 saw 223 dashpoint hunts in 14 countries (Australia, Brazil,
Canada, USA, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, France,
Belgium, Germany, and the UK).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in a pasture in Estonia, visited under the moonlight ("we saw beautiful
moonlight rainbow. It's not so colorful, but amazing to see anyway...")

in a quiet and peaceful hazelnut forest in Norway, with the sea not far
down the road

in Wales, almost on top of Cefn Brwynog, a hill overlooking Claerwen

in the Santa Cruz Mountains up above the town of Saratoga, California,
on a road known to bicyclists and motorcyclists simply as "Skyline"

at the end of a fun fall hike in the Three Sisters wilderness area of
central Oregon

in New Brunswick, down a gulch, across a beaver dam, up a 50 foot hill,
ending with a walk 1000 feet in the bush

in a Pennsylvania swamp, which recent rains has made swampy and even the
surrounding high ground boggy

in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, very near the original geocache
hidden by Dave Ulmer in May, 2000

on Australia's Phillip Island, home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand
Prix, a Koala Reserve and the Fairy Penguin Parade

near the edge of a lake in Minnesota, near Lura Lake Sportsman's Club,
where several fish were seen jumping right off the shore

on an Oregon ranch that breeds Peruvian Pasos, a high endurance horse
and a very smooth ride

just before the turn up to the local "granny farm" in Dovre, Norway

in the standard German jungle in the "Pfaelzer Wald"

in North Dakota, past a row of tall trees used as a wind break, in view
of tractors loading circular bales of hay onto a trailer

in downtown Chicago, home of the Sears Tower, Soldier Field, the Loop
and the elevated trains known simply as the "L"

in Estonia, down a forest road past a wooden house with beautiful red
leaves of wild grape vine on the walls

in Colorado, near a field where people were flying radio-controlled
model airplanes

a driveby in Kenosha, Wisconsin, next to a man-made mountain of broken

in a new subdivision in Andover, Massachusetts, with probably only eight
houses, large houses with a look similar to a modern interpretation of
an old Vanderbilt mansion

and in Rock Creek Park just outside of Washington, DC, near the tennis
players, the coed flag football game, and the child's birthday party
with clown/magician. The dashpoint was visited by three players in the
same day, one on foot, one on bike, one by car.


In the category of "make every word count", we have this short report
from deodasher:

"Cows, pigs, sheep, horses, bison, donkeys, miniature horses, goats,
pheasants, ducks, geese, hawks, dogs, cats, raccoon, groundhogs, but no
llamas; corn, soybeans, sugar beets, wheat, sunflowers, alfalfa, but few
flowers. Full report of long day from Fargo to follow."


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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