2012-12-09 51 -0
In a field in Lingfield, Surrey - and within three miles of the neighbouring graticule's hashpoint. Gotta love that Prime Meridian!
For quite some time, I've been aware that the Prime Meridian bordering my home graticule makes for a marvellous opportunity: if a hash pops up near the western edge, I can quite possibly get both the East and West simultaneously. Of course, there's the problem that I don't live anywhere near the western edge of London East - but what's a couple of hours' driving in the cause of Geohashing?
This was the first date on which the hashes came close together, and on a day I was free. Never mind that it was the middle of winter; never mind that my wife didn't want to do anything of the sort; it was Multihash time! In eager anticipation, I also pulled up the local list of geocaches; there were a few that might be worth hitting, and one long shot at a hash collision.
So, on a grey winter's morning, we hopped in the car - that's myself and my wife, having dropped the children off with my parents - and set off. A couple of hours was all it took to reach the site of the hashes: Lingfield, Surrey, a village about to assume cosmic significance.
Or it would have, if I could actually get to the hash. The first attempt got me nowhere: the handy roads which looked like they led close to it simply ran out in houses. I consoled myself by picking up a pair of geotheotherones, and set off on a careful circumnavigation of the hash point.
... which got me nowhere. Every approach was blocked, with houses, hedges, or gates (on which the 'No Trespassers' sign at least earned me a No trespassing consolation prize). I looked as hard as I could, but it was hopeless. There would be no multihash for me.
But was there still a chance of reaching the other half of the (non-)Multihash? Find out over here...
| Huinesoron earned the No trespassing consolation prize