2012-09-15 52 0

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Sat 15 Sep 2012 in Cambridge, UK:
52.3909236, 0.1767951

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[edit] Location

The edge of a field south of Coveney and west of Ely. As the crow flies, only 2 km from Wednesday's hashpoint which was successfully visited. This one should be similarly accessible.

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[edit] Expedition

The route to this hashpoint was fairly easy anyway, but it was made even easier by the fact that Wednesday's hashpoint was only 2 km away and today's trip would follow exactly the same route (apart from the last 2 km, obviously).

My bike, which had broken its derailleur cable on that same trip, was still out of action, so I took MrsBenjw's bike. Hers is a road-bike, with higher gears and bigger wheels than my mountain bike, so I was interested to see what difference it would make. I was not disappointed.

I left the house at 2:55pm, and, as last time, I headed onto the guided busway cycle track the short distance towards Histon village, then headed north to Cottenham. Just as you are leaving Histon, there is a house with a large variety of metal animal sculptures on the front lawn -- I gather the owner makes them himself, and he has also produced some for the local school and other places. They always make me smile when I see them. The short distance to Cottenham was also swiftly covered, and then I was on the surprisingly long road north to Wilburton, called Twenty Pence Road. I'm not sure why.

I crossed the River Great Ouse, which is not as grand as its name suggests, passed through Wilburton and headed to Wentworth, which is a very small hamlet of little note other than today's geohash was in a field on its north side. I carried on up the road to Wednesday's geohash until the GPS arrow pointed sideways into the field, and at that point there was a convenient gap in the hedgerow leading into the field. I followed it and parked the bike against the hedge. The hashpoint was a mere 80 metres away, and again conveniently, was directly up a wide track at the side of the field.

The cycle of 23.15 km had taken 52 minutes, which was a lot quicker than Wednesday's effort, so I sat in the sun for ten minutes or so and then went to find the hashpoint. I took photos of the GPS at exactly 4pm, then wandered back to the bike to sit in the sun for a while longer. I wasn't expecting anyone else to arrive, but you never know, and I wasn't in a hurry. Unfortunately I was wearing shorts and the stubble from the hay field was rather prickly, so after about ten minutes I decided to pack up and make my way home. I then discovered a stray chocolate bar which I'd left in my bike bag from Wednesday's expedition, so I paused a while longer while the chocolate disappeared.

Setting off at about 4:20, I quickly discovered why my journey here had been so much faster than the last time I'd tried -- going home again there was a stiff headwind and for much of the time I was cycling about 7 or 8 kph slower than I had been on the way. Still, it all helps towards the workout, and I knew it would only take an hour or so, so it wasn't too bad. I slogged into the wind for about 18 km, and it was only when I got back to the guided busway that I finally had some tail-wind to help me. I got back home at 5:24pm, which made for just under two hours' cycling, and 46.3 km.

I then poured myself a tasty beer, bought on our trip to Scotland, in celebration of reaching the 500 km cycling milestone, and it was only while editing the wiki afterwards that I double-checked the numbers and realised that this trip had actually made 499.3 km. Not wanting to waste good beer, though, I drank it anyway. As partial consolation, I notice that this was my 42nd successful hash in the Cambridge graticule, so, celebrating life, the universe, everything, and the fact that Douglas Adams was born here in Cambridge, I gratuitously created a ribbon to mark the occasion.

It was a nice day for a cycle and I enjoyed today's ride. Would have been better without the headwind on the way back.

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[edit] Achievements

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Benjw earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (52, 0) geohash on 2012-09-15.
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Benjw earned the Bicycle geohash achievement
by cycling 46.3 km to and from the (52, 0) geohash on 2012-09-15.
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Benjw earned the xkcd Nullaturion achievement
by attending 3 Saturday meetups.
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Benjw earned the Douglas Adams Was From Cambridge Achievement
by successfully reaching 42 hashpoints in the Cambridge graticule at the (52, 0) geohash on 2012-09-15.