2012-05-15 36 -80

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Tue 15 May 2012 in 36,-80:
36.0962780, -80.2920972

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[edit] Location

Just to one side of a Y-intersection of two roads in the Country Club neighborhoods of Winston-Salem.

[edit] Participants

  • Birdray, who also dragged a friend,
  • Charlie, unintentionally achieving the drag-along achievement. (Mostly it was just fun to have an adventure buddy.)

[edit] Plans

I was thrilled to see that the day's hashpoint was not only within two miles of my apartment, but was also on a residential road, i.e. somewhere I could reasonably show up without having to talk my way onto someone's property. We planned to acquire a copy of the day's paper, just to have an old-school timestamp on the expedition. There was also a pre-hash nap planned in, because that's how we roll.

[edit] Expedition

I went to pick up Charlie from the bookstore and we went in search of a newspaper. After finding the New York Times at Harris Teeter, we used the Android Geohashing app to map directions to the hashpoint, which was at that point about a mile away. I had my fingers crossed that my phone wouldn't die, as I had somehow fried my charger and was running on about 30% battery before I turned the GPS on. We came to the Y-intersection, parked the car, and started wandering in search of the hashpoint.

"What does it look like?" Charlie asked.

"I'm not sure, we haven't found it yet!"

"Oh! It's... it's not a thing?"

"Nope, just a set of coordinates."

Charlie commented on the likelihood of getting the cops called on us for wandering around cluelessly in a very affluent neighborhood. Charlie had a point.

The app lit up about ten feet from the kerb, to which we promptly had to relocate when a car came along. We took pictures, in which I look like a rabid groundhog given that I'm exceptionally prone to red-eye, as it was getting dark, and then headed back to the car.

Postscript: I greatly regret not attempting the Speed Racer achievement, but as it was getting dark, we decided to hightail it out.

Postpostscript: As it looks like the planned 2010-07-31_36_-80 expedition never occurred, and Oracle989 did not reach the coordinates for the 2009-10-04_36_-80 expedition, I believe this is a virgin graticule achievement. Sebejias, LevinSerra, and Oracle989, let me know if this is not true!

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[edit] Achievements

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Birdray earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (36, -80) geohash on 2012-05-15.
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Birdray earned the Drag-along achievement
by dragging Charlie to the (36, -80) geohash on 2012-05-15.
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Birdray earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement
by being the first to reach any hashpoint in the (36, -80) graticule, here, on 2012-05-15.
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