2011-10-09 42 -88

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Sun 9 Oct 2011 in 42,-88:
42.4032732, -88.6177873

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Some kind of field in Harvard, IL across from a school.



One Sunday a month, I travel down from Greenfield, IL to Oakwood Hills, IL for gaming with friends. I had already checked the day's coordinates on Friday and found an alternate route to my friends that passed by the hashpoint without too much of a delay.


My original hope was to earn a TRON Achievement, so I started my track recorder as I pulled out of the driveway. The drive from Greenfield to Harvard proved simple enough. Just South of the Illinois border, I stopped to try to find a geocache, but based on my own experience and recent logs, it has gone missing. That's one advantage of geohashing; they never go missing.

Continuing South, pulled up on the side of the road near Richard D Crosby Elementary School. The hashpoint was in a corn field across the street. Standing next to a telephone/power pole, I made sure I was a close to the point before going in as possible. I also made sure that no cars were in sight before stepping in just in case someone would object to my probable trespassing.

Standing there, I was only 17 yards away, but I was determined to be right on the spot. Wading in, I started having flashbacks to visiting family farms as a kid as well as images of horror movie scenes. At last it was daytime.

After a little bit of wandering, I was there. I snapped a few pictures, one from each cardinal directions showing that I was, in fact, surrounded by corn.

On my way out, I slowed down as I reached the edge of the field, so I could listen for approaching cars. Once the coast was clear, I popped on. No sooner had I crossed the street and was back at my car, a police car drove by. Good timing.

From there, I continued on to my friends' place. My GPS gave me a different route home which I thought would help with my TRON achievement. When I checked, I only crossed the line once when I was flipping a U-turn after the hash. Drats!


My log for the whole day is available in GPX and KMZ formats



RocketMac earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (42, -88) geohash on 2011-10-09.