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Geodashing: Aug07   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 74

"This dashpoint was well within the waters of Port Phillip Bay.  We
checked the tide readings and found that low tide was scheduled for
9.45 am, so that was our best chance.  We parked the car at the Yacht
Squadron Car Park amongst the distinctive coloured beach boxes 350
metres from the target. We then walked along the wind-swept beach
alongside a few lonely dog-walkers. It was very cold but the sun came
out briefly and reflected brightly off the choppy bay waters on this
mid-winter morning. At first the GPSr read 115 metres pointing
straight out to the middle of the bay, but we persisted along the
sandy shore until we came to a wooden groyne extending into the bay.
By walking out along the groyne we were able to reach 83.3 metres
surrounded by the white tops of the small waves trying to force us off
into the freezing cold water around us."

That's Geodashing in Australia with Dashing Dog Mac


"Two experienced geodashers (one who owns a couple caches in the
area), 3 mapping GPS receivers and a large forest map. What chance
does a dashpoint have? Well, we must have been talking when we missed
the turnoff and wound up on the back side of the loop where the roads
are questionable. A large fallen tree blocked us at one point but
there was an alternate path. A severely rutted and rocky downhill
loomed ahead. What next? I wasn't as worried about driving down as
coming back up if we had to."

That's Geodashing in Oregon with geodasher

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Game 74 of Geodashing was won by team "GeoTerriers" by a single point
over team "Llama League".  Honorable mention goes to team "Home for
the Itinerant".

Jack Frickey took individual honors by a single point over Wisk. Both
made long mad dashes, Jack through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York,
Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Wisk through Illinois,
Michigan and Ohio.  Honorable mentions to Dashing Dog Mac, Madam Dash,
deodasher and Douq Millar all tied with 11 hunts and 24 points.

The game saw 145 dashpoint hunts in 10 countries (US, Australia,
Estonia, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Thailand, South Africa, France and
Canada).

==================================

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in Thailand, on a termite mound with a bunch of euclyptus trees around
it

in a wheat field in Estonia, beyond the towns of Kohatu
('inappropriate' in English) and Muusika ('music') (I didn't know
hiphop was popular in Estonia ;-)

in a meadow in Switzerland, where "the highway is running almost
directly under our feet in a tunnel. Strange feeling"

in the UK, in a paddock with sheep and goats which "all came up to the
gate to say hello"

in the northern Arizona desert of mostly bare soil with some grass and
small sagebrush, about 800 meters from the Fredonia Cemetery

in Oregon, in thin forest in thick sage, downwind of lingering smoke
from a smoldering forest fire

in North Dakota, on the margin of a field of oats planted for the deer

in a vineyard in Ontario

in New York, in a field of "something short and leafy" (we all need a
copy of Agricultural Crops For Dummies ;-)

in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of a bird sanctuary in Germany

near log cabins and an old stone church, on the top of a hill in
northwest Kansas, with spectacular scenery

on a short, skinny little one-way street that twists through the
Presidio, a former military base in San Francisco

in Minnesota, on a new home site on the bluff overlooking the St Croix
River

on a country lane in Pennsylvania, home to some "unbelievable homes"
and a horse farm

inside a concrete wall of a corporate headquarters in Johannesburg,
South Africa

beyond a locked gate outside of Buffalo, Wyoming ("so close and yet so
far")

in a farm field in hilly and forested land close to the historic
Mason-Dixon line marking the boundary between Maryland and
Pennsylvania

on Odell Lake in Oregon, on a low ridge with a fair amount of
blowdown, with ground zero where three trees fell over one another to
form a large asterisk

on a graveled forest path in Germany with no other pedestrians, but
dozens of cyclists

on a long hike in Virginia, past pastures full of cattle, a pond with
geese, and a forest, home to a large deer with an injured hind leg

in unimproved sagebrush, pinion pine and juniper land in Utah, reached
by freeway, asphalt highway, graveled road, two-track dirt road and
then along the flat bottom of a dry creek channel ("As always, this
was one of my favorites types of dashpoints - no improvements, no
traffic, no people; solitude, peace and quiet")

on a one lane gravel road through Pennsylvania wilderness area on
ridges and hills with lots of trees ("In those 10 miles, I saw no
other human or evidence of human activity -- homes, cabins, business
establishments, signs")

and in New Hampshire, on "a strip of road with the Atlantic ocean to
the east and block after block of motels, hotels, fried food, seafood,
ice cream, shopping arcades, gaming arcades, fried dough kiosks,
lounges, clubs, bars, and cafes to the west, with massive swarms of
people everywhere"

==================================

Geodashers know all the best places. Cameron tells us:

"McMeanderer's report will get you there. Afterwards head East on old
Genesee Road, when you come to the stop sign left into Morgan's Half
Acre Produce to purchase the finest corn on the cob in Central NY.
Continue North of Half Acre Road. At the stop sign turn left into
Reese's Dairy Bar & Miniature Golf. Enjoy a double dip of Creamsicle
ice cream."

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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
http://GPSgames.org .

Last Updated ( 21:29 Tuesday, 04 September 2007 UTC )


 
 

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