2012-05-27 42 -72
In the trees near some houses in West Suffield, CT.
These days I'm especially interested in geohashes that I can do by bike or by foot. That means not only does the geohash have to be fairly close but, except for the very closest walking or biking hashes, the children have to be somewhere else. Today is a beautiful day with a fairly close hashpoint and the children are with the husband all day, which is just about perfect.
Because my bike has no baskets or other method of carrying stuff, instead of bringing my usual GPS and camera, I brought only a borrowed ipod, thinking I would use the Cheap GPS app.
Interestingly, although I live in 42, -72 and the hashpoint is in 42, -72, the easiest bike route to the hash took me through 41,-72, right past a 41, -72 hashpoint. This is because there's a big river between me and the hash and so one has to go south or north to get to a bridge.
As I was riding through Enfield, CT, the road was being closed to cars just as I arrived and I realized I was travelling on the parade route ahead of a Memorial Day parade. With all those people watching me I was glad I had taken a few minutes to make myself semi-presentable before leaving the house.
There's a bike lane on the bridge over the Connecticut River between Enfield and Suffield.
I stopped on the Suffield town green to refill my water bottle from a water fountain and take some pictures (which didn't come out) of a Civil War monument. It was interesting to discover that monument on Memorial Day weekend.
A few minutes after I left the town green, around 13 km from home, the bike chain fell off one of the gears. I tried to reattach it, but I still didn't know how. I thought maybe I could find some instructions on the web, but the ipod couldn't reach the Internet. I had decided to start walking home with the bike and maybe try the Internet again after a few km when a nice guy came by on a bike and offered to help me. He put the chain back on the gear and explained to me how to do it for next time.
I continued to the street off of which the hash was located, but the ipod still couldn't get Internet access and so Cheap GPS wouldn't direct me to the hashpoint. I thought maybe if I typed in the hash coorinates it could direct me, but of course it couldn't - it needs the Internet to locate itself.
The ride home was just as fun as the ride to the hash. The Google Maps biking directions told me to get onto the Interstate. No thank you, not even just for the one exit you suggested. Luckily I was very near home at that point and didn't need the Google directions anymore.
This bike, which does not yet have a name, is much easier to ride than Marguerite. (Marguerite had a lot of character, but I didn't realize how messed up she was because she was my first bike.)
| Sara earned the Blinded by Science Consolation Prize