2012-03-06 53 -2
The hash is by Foulridge Upper Reservoir, near Colne in Lancashire, and seems to be accessible via a public footpath off Brownhill Lane.
The team met at The Big Ball, Astley Gate, Blackburn at 1830 UK time and set off in the direction of the hash. Alexturgid's local knowledge took the expedition through Rishton, Clayton-Le-Moors, Altham and Highem as far as Barrowford but the team needed the expert assistance of Google Navigation to circumvent M65 Junction 12 and further to Foulridge Upper Reservoir, where the hash was to be found.
As predicted with the use of Google Street View, a public footpath off Brownhill Lane provided access to the hash and after hoiking the lightcycles over a couple of stiles and performing the traditional GPS "wander of hope" through the field, the hash was found.
During the journey, Ken had been telling Alexturgid about his experience doing full nude life modelling at a studio up the road in Kelbrook. It would of course have been remiss of Alexturgid not to inform Ken of the Geoflashing achievement. So he did, and they did.
Reclothed, the team made egress from the field while being careful not to cross their own track and proceeded along another footpath, which after a couple of stiles became a muddy cattle run. At this stage, while walking his bike through the mud, Alexturgid uttered the Quote of the Day:
"I'm glad I can balance using my bike cos otherwise I'd be on my arse in cow shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii" *thud*
closely followed by the coughing and spluttering, of Ken nearly suffering death by laughing and biscuit.
At the end of the path, the (now very muddy, but recomposed) cyclists remounted and returned via road to The Big Ball, this time on the south side of the M65, passing through Nelson, Burnley and Accrington, wherein alcoholic beverages were purchased and conveyed hence. Journey complete, Tron achievement in hand, the team returned to Alexturgid's flat to consume previously mentioned beverages.
Runkeeper Log, with elevation and speed profile.
Total journey: 37.75mi (60.75km) in 3h09m09s, climb of 2463ft (751m)
| Alexturgid and Tekwyzard earned the Land geohash achievement
| Alexturgid and Tekwyzard earned the Bicycle geohash achievement
|Alexturgid and Tekwyzard earned the Tron achievement|
| Alexturgid and Tekwyzard earned the Geoflashing Achievement