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    Posted: Jan. 05 2013,8:31 am QUOTE

Results: Geodashing Game 138 (GDBM)

"Today was a day of Total Fire Ban but we had planned this all week so
we decided to chance it. After driving in air-conditioned comfort past
Geelong we reached the road to Portarlington and eventually took a
left turn through an open gate next to the paddock containing the
dashpoint. We saw a man selling flowers at the gate but we ignored him
and continued on our quest. The temperature was 40șC, the grass was
dry (and high) and the dog was with us. So we decided not to crawl
through the barbed wire on this occasion. When we drove back to the
entrance the 'flower seller' had closed the gate and would not let us
pass until we explained what we were doing. His reaction was positive
but he seemed to assume that we knew 'Dennis, the owner' so that was
alright ... we did not buy any flowers."

That's Geodashing in Australia with Dashing Dog Mac

"It is amazing how several things can merge to create an enjoyable
outing.  My wife and I have started a program of going for a hike on
Saturday morning.  St. Louis County Parks has a 30/30 program where
you go for a 30 minute hike at 30 different parks and trails. December
1st was our second effort.  To make it simple, I just decided to do
them in alphabetical order.  Bee Tree Park is second on the list.  I
was surprised when the December dashpoints came out to find an easily
accessible dashpoint in Bee Tree Park.  To add to our outing, the
weather had steadily warmed during the week and by Saturday, the
morning temperatures were already in the 60s F (16 C) and still
heading upward. We arrived at the park and immediately walked a couple
of hundred feet to an observation deck looking out over the
Mississippi River.  We were 40 meters from the DP."

That's Geodashing in Missouri with RogBarn

"Since it is so convenient, I decided to actually make this point a
challenge, and RAN to the point from my house and back, as part of a
virtual 5K 'Apocalypse Run'.  This may be the first dashpoint along a
5K race route (although a virtual race makes that sketchy), scored
during a race and with a finisher's medal awarded for the dash. :)"

That's Geodashing in North Las Vegas with AquaDyne

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

Game 138 (GDBM) of Geodashing was won by team GeoTerriers, their
fourth win in a row. Honorable mention goes to team Llama League.

Individual honors go to RogBarn. Honorable mentions go to
SoccerFanatics, Tom Arneson, and Wisk.

The game saw 50 dashpoint hunts in five countries (US, UK, Estonia,
Autralia, Canada).

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

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in Quebec, in a field behind an old wooden barn on Rue Saint-Joseph,
near a colorful house decorated for Christmas

in Estonia, in brush, not far from the highest hill of Saaremaa island
("beautiful white fresh snow everywhere and chilly -10C")

in underbrush up a hill south of North Brother in New South Wales
("not the best day to head off into the wild, as it was hot and
sticky")

in Minnesota, west of a snow packed gravel road in birch and aspen
woods ("a fine sunny day, but a little on the cool side, reaching -11C
in the afternoon")

in the UK, in a field between a new industrial park and a housing
estate ("black ice everywhere")

in Iowa, at the base of a hill on a snowy unplowed minimum maintenance
road covered in 2 foot snow drifts ("the harvested fields are covered
in sparkly white snow")

in Victoria, Australia, on a beautiful rural property surrounded by
rolling green hills ("several brown and white horses grazing
contentedly on the lush grass")

in Arkansas, in open farm fields up and over a levee near a big
looping bend of the Mississippi River

in Missouri, at the bottom of a bluff overlooking the Mississippi
River in Bee Tree Park

down a dirt road in New York, with several log homes on it, including
one with two large "Seasons Greetings" banners hung from trees

in rural Quebec, in scrubby pine woods that line both sides of the
road

in the southern California desert, several kilometers down dirt roads
and past a couple of Joshua trees

in Delaware, just off the driveway to the right of a two-story white
house ("Couldn't see a lot of details in the fog, but the mailbox was
white, and there was a silver car in the driveway.")

unreachable, about 700 meters on fire roads from northern California's
Pulgas Water Temple, which is part of the 1930's era water project
that provides water to San Francisco from the Yosemite area 160 miles
away

on the edge of a limestone quarry in the far west of Chicago

and southeast of Houston, in a video repair van parked in front of one
of those rent-a-business places that look like storage lockers

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

Rogbarn summarizes his mad dash in America's heartland:

"The heavy snow belt continued on. When we finally arrived home, we
had a thin layer of snow covering the ground but it pretty much melted
the next day. It was a successful trip, 7 dashpoints and 21 points in
3 days and 960 miles of driving, including at least 25 miles on sloppy
gravel roads."

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

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 .


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