2008-09-20 49 9
Today's location is in a sugar beet field near the village of Vilchband. The hashpoint is in the state Baden-Württemberg, about 350 meters west of the state border to Bavaria (This is not important at all, but you might wonder about the dashed line on the map).
Wow, a Saturday hashpoint in by bike reachable distance, even though "reachable distance" in this case means "farther than I would voluntarily go" and though I am expecting guests for dinner! Getting easily addicted to useless but funny things like geohashing, I really had no choice, I had to go there.
Armed with a map printout, directions and supplies (water, chocolate), I mounted my bike and set out for the countryside. The road google had chosen for me turned out to be a medium traffic country road without any bicycle lane, but luckily nobody run me over. It was going mostly uphill with the steepest slope shortly before the hashpoint, but I had no real problems getting there. I arrived at the dirt track next to the hashpoint at 3:55 p.m. and used some guessing (and counting steps) to find the right spot. Then, after a detour around a ditch, I took some steps into the field (the sugar beets have enough space between them) and started to document my success. As expected, nobody else showed up.
On my way back, I was happy to be able to go downhill so much, because I haven't cycled more than 30 kilometers in one day for years and my legs were getting really heavy. My bar of chocolate was the thing that kept me going. I had to eat three bites for every kilometer, but it took the weariness away and gave me enough energy (no, it was a normal chocolate bar with no added "spices") to get home in time to finish the onion tart for my guests. Distance cycled: 29.7 km there + 30.5 km back = 60.2 km total
Nobody seems to have visited this graticule before. Proof that I went by bike (photo 3) to the correct location (photos 1 to 3) can be taken from the gallery (I'm still watching eBay for a GPS).
|Danatar earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement|
| Danatar earned the Bicycle geohash achievement