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Geodashing: Nov05   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"I had to pull up and let some air out of the tires as this was a long,
hilly and very soft sand track and not one I wanted to end up bogged on.
I managed to get a good run."

-- That's Geodashing in Western Australia with hover01

"There was a sign that said 'Under Video Surveillance Night and Day'. I
decided to walk around the back to find the farmer. I introduced myself
and started to explain the unexplainable - what was I doing there?
Initially he seemed bemused by this strange intrusion, then the light
dawned when he realised that I was not going to attack him or sell him
something. He was happy for us to walk the additional 50 metres to get
within range, then take photos of him and his son in front of the
historic stables on his property."

-- That's Geodashing in Victoria, Australia with Dashing Dog Mac

"Success! This DP is located in a field owned by one Mr. Kennedy.
Luckily for me, he was home, because he owns a pitbull. He accompanied
me into the field, which is ringed by an electric dog fence and occupied
by the pitbull, because he said the dog was 'rather protective'. He
commented that it was a good thing that he was home, because had I
ventured into the dog's territory alone, I 'wouldn't have made it'. I
replied that I wouldn't have tried."

-- That's Geodashing in Wisconsin with Skeezix


Game 53 of Geodashing was won by "GeoTerriers" by a wide margin over
"Llama League." "Team GPS" was third.

Individual honors were shared by geodasher and Dashing Dog Mac. martpol
finished third.

Game 53 saw 213 dashpoint hunts in 9 countries (Australia, Brazil,
Argentina, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, the UK and the US).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in the Royal Botanical Gardens at Cranbourne, Australia, scored on
November 1, the day of the running of the Melbourne Cup

on a logging road on Whiskey Ridge in California's Siskiyou mountains, a
northern California extreme, scored on a rainy November 1

just up from Soda Mountain Road, a south Oregon extreme, scored as the
rain and pea soup got thicker and thicker

close to the beach in Oregon, in commercial cranberry bogs owned by
Ocean Spray, one of three extremes for the day scored by Has No Horse
and perhaps the extreme west for the US Lower 48,

in California's Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, after a roundtrip hike
of 8 km and 300 m gain, the last 125 m cross-country through a dense
chaparrel gauntlet of charred brush, snakes, poison oak and ticks ("I
hate ticks.")

in a ravine in the woods of western New York, in an area of snow covered
fields overlooking Lake Erie

in a clearing in the woods of Ontario, scored on a snowy night tramping
through the bush with a flashlight

on an icy slope, reached on all fours, along the Buchanan Trail in the
Colorado Rocky Mountains

in Iroquois Point neighborhood park in Honolulu

just outside the "little little little town" of Russell, Pennsylvania,
in a little mowed spot of grass near some woods across the road from
some nice old barns and sheds, proving wrong whoever says, "What's here?

in an empty, plowed field in central California, next to one with cotton
plants covered in bolls and near a number of large bales of picked

in a cotton field in Arkansas

in a huge paddock planted with peas almost ready to be harvested south
of Swan Hill on Australia's Murray River

in a recently harvested field of Brussels sprouts in California

in a eucalyptus tree farm in Western Australia, unusual and puzzling
because of the slow-growing nature of gum trees

in an almond orchard in California's Sacramento Valley

in a field of thick creosote brush of historic Route 66 near Barstow,

in the Estonian forest near the Russian border, so close that the road
to reach the dashpoint briefly crosses the border

in Monmouth, UK, about a half mile from the castle, birthplace of Henry

near Utah's Intermountain Power Project electric generating station, the
destination for countless coal trucks, arriving at the rate of one every
thirty seconds

in Massachusetts, along the entrance drive of an opulent country club,
unimaginatively named "The Country Club"

in Sydney's Blacktown Olympic Park, host for baseball and softball games
and athlete training during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

west of the parking garage on the campus of Washington Adventist
Hospital in Maryland

on the commuter rail tracks of Winfield, Illinois, scored by thousands
of unsuspecting commuters each day

and on a fairway of the UK's Nazing golf club, close to one of the
greens ("When I returned to the car I said to my wife how foolish the
golfers were walking around in the rain and my wife just looked at me
and laughed.")


In the category of "combining business with pleasure" we have these two
reports of Geodashing on the way to the concert:

... found in the China Super Buffet, preceded by a three hour drive on
southern California freeways ("What the heck are all these people doing
on the roads at two in the afternoon?  Doesn't *anyone* work in L.A.,
anymore?") and followed by a Rolling Stones concert ("they can play;
boy, can they play! Jagger's also as energetic as you can get at 62, and
he was bouncing all over a fairly-large stage; the crowd was lovin'
it.") -- chaosmanor

... "Going from Tallinn to Riga to enjoy 'Flying Dutchman' in Latvijas
National Opera I decided to take two DP on my way. DP was 50 meters from
graved road surface. As I was dressed for theatre and it was raining I
decided not to walk any closer. Continuing my Opera-trip to Riga I
reached another DP. Part of walk I could do on fields but last 250 m I
had to climb in bushes. You can imagine me in my theatre clothes in deep
bushes! Fortunately I have rubber boots and tall jacket with me all the
time." -- martpol

And a big welcome back to TEAM LANDCRUISER, back from hiatus caused by
broken limbs ... and pride. His return was announced by a swelling
chorus, sung with an Australian accent, of...

"Here's a Llama, there's a Llama and another little Llama
Fuzzy Llama, funny Llama, Llama, Llama, Duck"


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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