2009-12-06 -37 144
On a property in Wildwood, containing horses and a well fenced/treed barrier from the outside world.
This was by far the most harrowing bike ride on which I've ever been. Leaving from the delights of Pascoe Vale around 6.30, I thought in case I got lost, I'd take my brand new Maglite. Furthermore, as I had recently sold my point and shoot camera, and was chastised for not photographing my last Geohash, I took along my SLR (with two spare lenses, Just In Case). However, this all meant that I was quite laden with items which, for all intents and purposes, weren't exactly mandatory. So I planned my route using google maps, and found 'a shortcut'; a road which cut diagonally from one major road to another at a 45º angle, saving me distance by a factor of around 1.4142. This would prove to be disastrous. The road itself duck and weaved from gravity like a flightless pigeon does from small children; this lead to nothing but pain for me. As shown in the gallery, the hills were nothing but unforgiving. I kept seeing a nice rusted wheel, or a picturesque row of hay bales, with the sun setting softly on them, as I rode along. Convincing myself that I'd make it back to these points well before the sun went down, I rode on. However, I soon came to the realisation that maps are deceivingly small. I rode and rode and rode, and seemingly got nowhere, according to my GPS. Turning it off in frustration, I stopped by the side of the road, and took a few shots; they are in the gallery. The undulation never ceased, right until the final road where the Geohash was situated. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it onto the property without trespassing, so I contented myself with the sunset (below). It was at this point when the sun set. Luckily, I had come equipped with lights and a jacket, but not the temerity to undergo the 'shortcut' yet again. I took the flat option home, and made up for it by taking some night shots of the city.
| buckleyj earned the Bicycle geohash achievement
| buckleyj earned the No trespassing consolation prize