2012-06-30 52 4
On the on-ramp from the A44 to A4 highway in the direction of Amsterdam, known as the Burgerveen triangle.
I decided this would be a good day for a first Geohash. It would mean having to drive about 15km to the haspoint and then another 5km before being able to turn back as this particular hashpoint is on a highway. Well, just a bit on the emergency strip but close enough to call it a success given the few meters of inaccuracy. It would have to be early in the day however so sadly little chance to meet other geohashers.
Murfie was bragging on IRC he could easily earn a speed racer achievement on this one. He drives this road very often and therefore knows it really well. His plan was to go somewhere in the afternoon, and firmly push the accelerator.
- Geohash success -- Palmpje
The hashpoint was reached around 9:05am, so much too early for a meetup which would be dangerous at the location anyway. I managed to get close enough to the hash by driving at the exact maximum allowed speed. Very tricky when you're alone in your car having to keep an eye on the GPS to determine your location relative to the hash _and_ observe trafic _and_ taking pictures without colliding with anything.
Given that I was able to enter this log, the Burgerveen Triangle appears to be a lot more benevolent than the Bermuda Triangle.
The plan was to go in the afternoon, but it got later and around evening time, I arrived at the Burgerveen Crossing. With some good traffic anticipation, I managed to be the first car in front of the traffic light for the road that gives access to the geohash. This way I figured was the best chance to avoid any slow cars in front of me. Since this geohash is on the A4-highway, the speed limit at the geohash location is 120km/h. Facts are that the geohash is (a bit on the shoulder road) on the entrace to the highway, and there's also some road maintenance going on there, so this won't be too easy. When the light went green, I made the turn to the entrance road and accelerated as fast as I could. It was a very close call but I reached 120km/h right in time!
I had mounted my Android phone on my dashboard to record some proof. Unfortunately, the acceleration caused that my dashboard cam turned into a cloud-cam for a while.
Then, I turned around at Hoofddorp. Took again the exit at Burgerveen and drove to Leimuiden to stop there. I searched for real dashboard app in the play store and installed it on my phone. Then I went to the geohash one more time, to record it with the dashboard cam app. However, from then on, things went horrible. First the bridge went up and I had to wait terribly long, and then I couldn't get a good spot at the traffic light to drive up the highway. The result was I could go only max 80 km/h this time because some slow cars in front of me. Oh well. The animated gif of the first trip should be enough proof anyway.
| Murfie earned the Speed racer achievement
| Murfie earned the Déjà Vu Geohash Achievement
Probably 99.9% people in this graticule have seen this geohash before, since it's on the main highway to Amsterdam...
| Palmpje earned the Land geohash achievement
| Palmpje earned the Speed racer achievement
I never exceed the speed limit (uhm...)
| Palmpje earned the Déjà Vu Geohash Achievement
Yes, I've driven there many, many, many times.