2009-03-09 52 1
North of Cringleford, just outside Norwich, in woodland owned by the University of East Anglia (UEA). If successful, this will be the first recorded expedition in this graticule.
|This expedition was part of a multihash by Benjw. For the other parts, see:|
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I'd finished everything I needed to do at work by 11:15, so I went home. I made some lunch, did some washing up, answered some emails and did some maths homework, but soon the call of the geohash was too strong. I succumbed, and printed off maps, made a flask of tea and some sandwiches, and was out of the door at 1:30pm.
I had grand plans for reaching many hashpoints today, so decided to take a relatively long trip to Norwich to start off with. It's a fair distance, but there's a reasonable main road that goes straight there. As expected the journey was slow in the single-carriageway sections, but it wasn't too bad overall and soon I had parked up in the village of Cringleford. I walked to the edge of the village, not knowing quite what to expect when I got to the woodland -- there was a pathway through it to the UEA campus but whether the rest was open to the public or not, I didn't know.
Luckily, it was. A large sign at the gate said that use of the woodland without authorisation was fine for pedestrians with well-behaved dogs. Unfortunately I hadn't brought any well-behaved dogs with me. I looked around but I couldn't see a single one that I might be able to borrow. Still, nobody was looking so I sneaked in without one.
A path led in the general direction I wanted to go, so I followed it until about 200m from the hashpoint, when it went elsewhere, so I walked through the trees for the last bit. This was not as awkward as other expedition reports from more forested parts of the world have made it sound -- here the woods were quite airy and not at all overgrown. A few minutes later I found the hashpoint -- right next to a path! Evidently I could have taken the easy route after all.
Despite having a few people put their names on the wiki, this was the first recorded expedition in the graticule. I was pleased that it was so easily successful, and in quite a pleasant spot. I hereby claim the Virgin Graticule award for 52,1.
A few metres further north of the hashpoint the ground got rather marshy as it approached the river. I could see the UEA buildings through the trees but didn't get as far as the river itself as I started to sink into the mud. Good job the hashpoint itself wasn't a few metres further north!
It was then almost exactly 3:00pm. After taking a few photos, I returned (through the trees again) to the car, and set off on my next expedition.
Shiny ribbons earned
| Benjw earned the Land geohash achievement
|Benjw earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement|