2008-08-16 53 13

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Sat 16 Aug 2008 in Uckermark:
53.3351359, 13.6121764

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Expedition map - Stops: Brandenburg, Magdeburg, Braunschweig, Hannover, Hamburg (West), Hamburg (East), Schwerin, Müritz, Uckermark

[edit] The expedition (9)

After driving in the exact opposite direction for 20 minutes, relet realized that there were two villages of the name of Arendsee. He turned around, and the navigation system led him back almost exactly by the location of the last hash. So much for slinky.

The hash was located in the forest next to the village. This one was a totally different forest with high dedicuous trees and almost no undergrowth. Walking around the place was pleasant and the hash soon found in the middle of a curious round ditch in the forest ground.

Relet reached this hash some time before 5pm. At this point he had the option to either continue eastwards to the national parks of Szczecin in Poland, which would make for his first border geohash. A graticule to the south of this lay an unattractive hash near Słubice in a larger industrial site. Directly to the south would be an easily accessible hash for his home graticule, 52,13.

Given his general deprivation of sleep during the last 36 hours, he decided however to return to his own place, take a shower and refuel the car before he had to return it at 10pm. After all, eight successful hashes make for a double Ultra hash (and bring luck to Chinese people), while nine hashes are just odd.

Lessons learned:

  • Given a good infrastructure, you can easily reach five hashes in six hours.
  • With less luck however, much fewer hashes will take much more socks.
  • Never give up on a hash too early, it might still be reachable.
  • Bring spare socks, wetness is everywhere.
  • The ristretto in the morning was great, I should make more.
  • Learning lessons wasn't the point in the first place.
  • Oh, and don't leave your wallet in the car when you return it. Doh!

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