2010-06-05 35 -81
On Gastonia Hwy south of Lincolnton. On the road, according to google maps.
- Rhonda in the morning, probably early as I'm going to visit somebody that day, farther north.
Planning on making this a morning hash as I have plans for most of the day, and this point is a bit of a detour from my route between south of Charlotte and my destination.
Got to the hash point at 9:30 AM as planned. There was an empty church parking lot about 100m south, so I parked there after driving over the point twice (once northbound, once southbound to get back to the church). I didn't attempt speed racer proof, although I was doing the speed limit as I drove over it the first time; Sophie doesn't know how to work a camera, and I figured driving safely was more important.
I walked to the hash point on the grass beside the road, because there was no paved shoulder. There were at least white shoulder lines painted; I found out later in the day that on most of the country highways, the road just stops where the edge of the lane is. I had to pace over the hash point several times to get a good GPS proof shot. Not sure what the locals thought of me staring down at my jumbo wristwatch and pacing back and forth with a rubber giraffe in my hand, but at least I didn't have to go into the road to get a suitable shot.
After I got back to the car, I tried to do a live update for about 15 minutes, but after I solved the captcha it asked me to copy and paste some long string of gibberish somewhere I couldn't figure out (probably due to the tiny screen). Then I gave up and kept on north, taking the highway that ran across a sizeable lake to get back to 77N because I figured it would be prettier. I managed to not get lost with only handwritten directions copied from google, justifying again my choice to spurn car GPS units!