2009-04-27 66 20
The hashpoint was east of Mattisudden, 200 m up a hill.
- Odometer: 447 km
- Wildlife seen: 8 reindeer (or more), 2 swans (I think)
I started out around 4 PM, drove south along E10 to Gällivare. I then continued on E45 (which was a very nice, flat and wide road) towards Porjus and Jokkmokk. This area is known for its hydropower, there were lots of powerlines crossing the road and I drove past several dams.
I crossed the arctic circle by mistake (it was 1 km south of the hash) when looking for a place to turn around.
The hashpoint was very difficult to reach, it was only 200 m from the road but there was a lot of snow (up to my waist in many places) and it was very wet (it had been raining the whole day). I pushed on and eventually got close enough to declare it a success. I'm not happy with the GPS reading, but it's within accuracy so it'll have to do.
When I got back to the car, I was soaked. Of course, I had not brought any spare clothes. To avoid catching a cold, I had to drive home with no pants on. I had planned to stop and take some photos of Jokkmokk and the dams, but I didn't feel comfortable doing this in only my underwear.
|the ru earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement|
| the ru achieved level 5 of the Minesweeper Geohash achievement
| the ru earned the Drowned Rat Geohash Honourable Mention