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Geodashing: Apr06   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

"I had to cross the Tappan Zee bridge twice. For all the times I crossed
it before, I think this was the clearest view I've ever had ... majestic
to the north and a neat view of the Manhattan skyline way off to the
south. This dash had me coming into NYC on I-87. Its exchange with I-95
in the Bronx is one of my favorite parts of New York City.  It's utterly
beautiful in that enormous urban, totally Gotham way."

-- That's Geodashing in New York with McMeanderer


Game 58 of Geodashing was won by "Llama League" in a tight race with
"GeoTerriers". Third place went to "Team GPS".

Individual honors again went to free agent Jack Frickey. Honorable
mention goes to TEAM LANDCRUISER, who made an epic mad dash into the
desert of Western Australia. Four players - BOB, deodasher, Douq Millar,
and martpol finished third in invividual scoring.

Game 58 saw 155 dashpoint hunts in 8 countries (Estonia, the US,
Australia, the UK, Canada, Germany, Poland, and the game's first attempt
in Tunisia).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in a wooded area behind Maryland's Cherokee Lane Elementary School, scored
by a group assault by four Geodashing players on April 1

in Colorado's Crestmoor Park, reached separately by two players on April
1, one by car and one by a five mile urban hike from home

in an Estonian forest, where trenches are still frozen over but spring
flooding is beginning to make the forest roads wet and muddy

on the corner of 75th and Broadway in Manhattan, outside a Starbucks

on the highway north of Widgiemooltha, an aboriginal community in the
middle of nowhere, Western Australia

on a sagebrush-covered sidehill near Utah's Sanpitch River, just 100
meters from David Mower's grandfather's farm

in the woods on the edge of Virginia's Quantico Marine Corps base

in a green and weedy backlot in California, the spot accidentally marked
by leaving behind a cell phone (call 951-555-2547 to talk to AKIP)

104 meters off the UK's M62 (oh so close), scored by doubling back and
driving down a farm track heading towards the wonderfully named Cridling

close to Simickson Landing Road as it snakes through water along the
Delaware River, with eagles and ducks and gorgeous scenery in this
nearly deserted part of Delaware

near a pond on a trail along Pone Run in rural Ohio

near the top of a ridge in Victoria, Australia, reached via uphill walk
through thick bush, taking advantage of a pathway made by kangaroo tracks

in a wetland area in an old bend of the Missouri River in Nebraska,
marked with the strong aroma of skunk

in Estonia, through a muddy field and into a deep forest by a big tree,
under which are some big bones, possibly reminders from supper of wolf
or bear

out of reach in the Atlas mountains of Tunisia, surrounded by olive
plantations, which Tunisian style houses, bald hilss and mountains

in a stubbly wheatfield in Saskatchewan, on the way to which was spotted
horses, cows, bison, antelope, mule deer, gophers, a couple of hawks,
numerous meadowlarks, a solitary jackrabbit and a single human

on the edge of some woodland right by the entrance to the UK's Woburn
Safari Park

in British Columbia, under a rock outcropping a few feet from a creek
crossed by means of a floating logjam

in a meadow left in the middle of the housing estates of a residential
district of Poznan, Poland, hometown of Woj

in a large driver training Facility in Queensland, with a 5 acre bitumen
area for vehicle manouvering, a skid pad and a 4WD course

in a flat area covered by a large flat rock near Western Australia's 500
km Holland Track, route to the gold fields during the 1890s gold rush

and at the base of butte in Oregon's high desert country, with nothing
but sagebrush and rock outcrops dotting the landscape


Dave Hinns explains why Geodashing motorcyclists wear helmets:

"A footpath headed in the right direction-ish uphill towards a copse of
trees of the hilltop. I left my motorbike by the roadside and headed off
along the edge of the grass field, just as the heavens opened and it
started hailstoning. At this point I was hoping no one was watching a
motorcyclist, complete with helmet on, walking across a field."

CellarDoor Family shows how a keen eye sees more than just a woods:

"CAMP lies in a coniferous forest consisting mostly of red pine, white
pine, and black spruce on sandy soils.  The landscape is mostly acid
bogs with these small scattered sandy ridges throughout."


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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