2010-02-11 50 11
This hashpoint was so close to my working space (2.4 km air distance) that I couldn't miss it! Since I wanted to take care of some things in the city (Jena) after work, I planned to take the bike from home to work. When I got out of the house in the morning, I realized that it had snowed much in the night and that I couldn't ride the bike properly due to the not cleared roads. So I decided to put my bike in the car instead and drive to work. A lot more of snow fell during the day, but it should be possible to ride some km into the city and also to the hashpoint. Temperature was around -4°C, which felt very cold in the humid air. I handled my issues in the city ...
DAMN! I just clicked the back button of my computer mouse (not having more than this in the cache), so don't be surprised, if the rest of this story is reading worse.
- passed my working place by 500 m
- in Kunitz decided in favor of staying on the road instead of taking an easy field path directly going to the hashpoint (1.1 km)
- left the bike at the road, where it was closer to the hashpoint
- took photos with my new camera
- walked through a field
- crossed a dense and steep (veeeery steep) band of bushes and trees by jumping from tree to tree (not standing on them, but grabbing them to avoid sliding down the slope)
- saw a sign (protected landscape) which forbids to leave paths (too late for me, I guess!)
- walked to the hash using snow-covered field path and crossing the field
- took further pictures
- was delighted by the good (handheld!) photos of the dark surroundings
- wasn't able to push the tiny camera's small buttons properly with frozen, numb fingers in the dark
- went back through the field
- successfully climbed the slope without getting pierced into my eyes by branches (thanks to the bike goggles)
- rode back to work, where my car waited for me to bring me home
- total bike distance (including city trip): 15 km
- total walking distance: 1.3 km
- Lessons learned: make a backup copy of your work after EVERY sentence!
Ok, this was exactly what is not recommended for a retro expedition: a really easy hash. But as I missed three more or less easy geohashes in the last two weeks and the weather on 2010-02-20 was so exceedingly fine, I decided to visit them all three in a row, this one being the first.
The road to Kunitz was not snowy any more, but what looked like water first turned out to be ice, so I better walked my bike (along with another biker who had the same problems). I was not distracted by the other geohash of last July, so I took the "right" way, which went right to the field. Of course, this one was even more frozen, so I walked, and where the ice already had disappeared there was knee-deep mud. Anyway, reached it! And on we go to the next...