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Geodashing: Sep07   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 75

"I ended up parking in the ditch. From here I was 530m from the point
and the time was 10:20pm.  Off I went.  I followed the edge of a corn
field.  At about 450m I found a path about 2m wide heading into the
corn heading exactly my direction.  For 150m, with the almost full
moon rising, I was doing great until the weeds started to choke the
trail down to nothing.  The dew had settled early and the weeds became
even thicker, taller than myself. At 200m I stopped, completely soaked
and completely exhausted.  Prior to my making this trip someone had
posted a note about running real quick and stopping quick and watching
the GPS carry you farther than you actually went.  I made one last
lunge through the weeds toward where the satellite told me.  Well at
103m I came up against a fence at full speed.  Let me clarify that, an
ELECTRIC FENCE, and did I say that I was soaking wet?  Now electric
fences are not strong currents, but when they catch you by surprise
and you're soaked they will daze you for a minute. I followed my
tracks back through the corn and the weeds again using my arms to
protect my face. I arrived back at my car at 11:05 with my arms
itching maddly. I checked the inside of my arms where I had held them
in front of my face in the corn and saw that my arms were red and
puffing up. I quickly went to find a convenience store for some
itching cream.  I had already scratched myself raw to the point of
bleeding on both arms. The clerk suggested that the field had probably
recently been spayed and that the dew and ground fog had gotten the
insecticide on me."

That's Geodashing in Pennsylvania with PLMerry

"After waiting for some golfers to tee off, I found the zero point
adjacent to the ninth green. As I was taking a photo, I was shocked by
a rush of wind around the head and thought I had been grazed by a golf
ball, until I realized that a magpie had swooped me in an attempt to
drive me away from its nest. Another one repeated the attack, and I
ended up withstanding six assaults by this protective pair."

That's Geodashing in Australia with GeoffJ3191


Game 75 of Geodashing was won by team "GeoTerriers", their second win
in a row. Honorable mention goes to team "En Dash!". Llama League and
Euregio tied for third.

RogBarn took individual honors by two points over Jack Frickey,
followed by geoffj3191.

The game saw 90 dashpoint hunts in 7 countries (Australia, the US,
Germany, Austria, Canada, the Netherlands, and the UK).


A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in vacant land overgrown with thousands of yellow wildflowers in Deer
Park, Australia (where Scout once worked in another life), scored on a
sunny and warm first day of Spring

in Bavaria, near the site of the Battle of Elchingen in the Napoleonic
Wars, today the site of a fruit tree whose fallen apples two
pensioners were collecting

in an abandoned apple orchard in Pennsylvania, overgrown with poison

in a forest in Germany, behind a green hunters' stand used for hunting
wild pigs ("Looking at the state of the forest they should shoot a few

in New Jersey, on a dead end road, home to a spotted fawn deer

in a grassy field north of a horse farm in Ohio

in a fenced grassy area of the Jean Ellen Dupont Shehan Audubon
Sanctuary in Maryland ("close the gate behind you") where two horses
were rolling around in the dirt

in Arizona near the north rim of the Grand Canyon, on the Kaibab
Plateau in a deep, dark Ponderosa Pine forest

among California's Mormon Rocks, a series of large, highly-tilted,
eroded sandstone outcrops, some eroded from the inside out

in the middle of a eucalypt plantation in Tasmania

in a harvested wheat field in North Dakota

in a Campbell's Soup plant in Shepparton, Australia

in Pennsylvania, next to a large storage tank with hazmat ratings and
labeled as "bioxide"

in Iowa, in an auto wrecking yard with ample supply of old cars and
weeds surrounded by a sturdy fence with razor wire

in California's Mojave Desert, up a dirt driveway behind a fence with
a large pile of old vehicles

and in the Rome Township Cemetery in Ohio ("no loitering or parking",
occupants excepted, I suppose)


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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