2012-10-13 49 9

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Sat 13 Oct 2012 in Würzburg:
49.6545215, 9.9964695

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Today's location is in an empty field near Giebelstadt.

Country: Germany; state: Bayern (Bavaria, EU:DE:BY); administrative region: Unterfranken; district: Würzburg rural district

Weather: lightly clouded, around 13 °C



A sunny Saturday without work? It's a rare opportunity, and I was not going to miss it. When Google Maps proposed a different route than the one I had first thought of, I decided to use both and earn myself another Tron achievement. I knew that the road between Heidingsfeld and Fuchsstadt would be a long slope on a country road with many cars, so that part would have to be on my way back, downhill. I started at 14:40 and kept away from the Main river, using the small streets of the Sanderau district. Only later did I use the cycling track along the Main to go past Randersacker to Sommerhausen. There I found the first challenge of the Tron requirements. To get on the bridge across the river I first had to get from the cycling track to the car road. But since there was a guardrail I had to continue on the cycling track until I was past the first ramp. On the other side, I was able to carry my bike up the slope to the road. Continuing counterclockwise would lead me up to the bridge, but then I would have crossed my path. Instead I crossed the road, smiled to the police car that came from the other direction, cycled a short distance towards Sommerhausen and from there took the ramp that was leading up to the bridge from the other side. On the other side of the bridge I used the main road for a bit, then a small track along the Main to Goßmannsdorf. There I left the Main and cycled up a slope, first on a country road, then on a tarmac track, then on a steep gravel track, then... oh no, why is there suddenly only a grass track? That's the reason I have a mountain bike instead of a racing bike. Cycling was difficult and slow, and it was almost 4 pm now. Finally I found another tarmac track and reached the edge of the hashfield at 16:05.

The field was empty. Certainly harrowed, perhaps planted, but there were no little plants visible. Probably winter wheat (>90% of German wheat), which is planted in autumn and only starts growing in spring. I took my bike and walked across the field towards the hashpoint, making a curve in the end and reaching the spot from the southwest. Since GPS reception on open fields is excellent, I didn't have to do a GPS dance before reaching the spot. I took pictures and continued northeast, back towards the track. Then I cycled north.

In that area I didn't know which track to take because there were too many and I didn't have a map printout (while writing this I remember there might have been a low-res map in my cycling bag...). So I was zig-zagging west and north, along other grass tracks, until I reached the main road. On that road I found a do-it-yourself pumpkin selling station with 4 heaps of differently sized and priced pumpkins for 1, 2, 3 and 4-7 Euros. I only had a 5 € bill so I took one of the smaller pumpkins from the 4-7 € heap. Then I took the next tarmac track towards the north, where I knew Fuchsstadt to be. Soon this track also turned to grass, but after a while I found the correct track (well, at least the one parallel to the one I had planned). Soon I was at Fuchsstadt and could roll downhill for a few kilometres. In Würzburg, I was very tired and getting slower, also a bit sick from the chocolate bars from my bike bag which turned out to be 1.5 years beyond their date of expiry, but finally I arrived at home.

This is my 20th Saturday Meetup. In total, I cycled 42.5 km, all on a tron route.

Danatar earned the xkcd Viginturion achievement
by attending 20 Saturday meetups.
Danatar earned the Tron achievement
by reaching and returning from the (49, 9) geohash without crossing his own tracks on 2012-10-13.
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