2010-01-13 -37 145
Nettleton Reserve, next to Gardiner's Creek, close to the Monash Freeway, Glen Iris
Kozz will drive from home and back during lunch hour.
myka intended to go, but discovered an indicator on his car was out, and had to spend time diagnosing that... and discovering he would need parts to fix it.. hence he couldn't really drive to the hash. (bike needs some attention as well, and the time was all wrong for it when he was free)
kozz The East Melbourne graticulate has been pumping out achievable geohashes for most of January; unfortunately work and life get in the way of my favourite randomly-generated-coordinate-based-adventure pastime. Yesterday, for instance, I would have gladly driven the 50 minutes from home to the hash point close to Sugarloaf Reservoir if it were not for those tyrannical people who dare to provide me with gainful employment. Not helped, of course, by searing 40-degree-celsius heat. Is there a Roasted Geohash award?
Today's hash looked reasonably familiar, and quite close by within 20 minutes of my house, and I'm working from home - bingo! Lunch break geohash!
I recently purchased a cheap handheld GPS with the hope of being able to actually find my way to the point using a compass and distance markers rather than by dead reckoning by satnav. The hash point on Google Maps was easily identifiable by a massive tree, so would have no particular issue matching up GPS display with reality.
The faithful dog accompanied me in the car on the way to Nettleton Park, and when we arrived I realised why it looked familiar - there are a set of brilliant public bike trails that trace Gardener's Creek in the Eastern Suburbs all the way into the main Yarra River Trail. Nettleton Park was just off to one side of the bike trail. I've probably cycled up and down this part of the trail three or four times - not close enough, nor recently enough, to count as a Deja Vu.
I fired up the GPS which took ages to find satellites then told me to travel 6480m south-west. This would put me about neck-deep in the waters of St Kilda Beach, so I chose to ignore these instructions and wandered around on foot, trying to find the exact point by dead reckoning. This didn't work, so in frustration I reset the device, then rebooted and readded the coordinates. To my surprise, it popped up with directions, distances and instructions immediately and lead me directly to the point pretty much perfectly in the same spot as shown on Google Earth. Win!
I took the obligatory photos, let the dog go for a bit of a run - it's an off-lead park - then jumped back in the car and headed back home. All in all, 49 minutes away from the house. Back to work.