2012-11-18 29 -82
Just off SE Hawthorne Road, in Hawthorne, which is about 10-15 minutes outside of Gainesville. Options are to head north to I-10 then South on US-301, or head south to I-295 and take FL-21. The latter is shorter, but both get us there around an hour and a half.
To open up, as detailed in the previous geohash, we had drawn a card to place before putting it back in the deck as we hadn't used it. As I was thoroughly shuffling, I made the comment, "Wouldn't it be funny if we drew the Six of Hearts again?"
I proceeded to draw the Six of Hearts on a 1/36 chance.
We left around 1:00 to grab some food on the go and get going. The drive would be an hour and a half each way, so the less it got delayed the better. Troubles started when the GPS wanted us to take an exit before we had planned on getting off the highway. This being geohashing, I decided to take the directions rather than my planned route.
I have since learned to stick to my planned route in cases like this. To begin, while the route was shorter, it had much more traffic lights, the sort of thing a highway generally doesn't have to keep people moving. About six miles from our destination, we ran into stopped traffic. Alright, construction, we'll still be through this quickly. We averaged a speed of about 6 MPH. It took a detour five miles later to get out of this horrendous traffic. All we could see was a massive blue truck in the distance, making us think we were behind a parade of some sort.
After our detour, there were no other problems and it was a smooth shot to our destination. It was right outside a local park/playground, which had a baseball diamond, basketball court, and playground with like six slides. We took our picture and left our card on the... what would you call those things? The stakes they put in the ground to stop cars getting in. Do they have a name?
After our detour, it took an hour to get to the geohash. Half an hour on our way back, we realized the detour was the proper decision as we saw the massive blue truck coming down the route we had planned. It seemed to be doing something with the power lines, but we had absolutely no idea what it was for.