2013-01-22 41 -71
Grassy (well, snowy) east bank of the Providence River
not quite half-mile south of where I work - good lunchtime stroll down the brick river walk
No GPS with me today, but all kinds of manmade reference points along the riverbank and adjacent street, so I should be able to pace myself to a good approximation of the hash point.
Wish the Peeron map had a distance scale - so shift over to Google-map to use theirs.
Hmmm - the Peeron satellite view shows grassy park, but Google-maps shows gravel with a helicopter parked!
Wish the Google-map satellite imagery had date stamps....
If I had a GPS with me, and trusted it to do a good track log, I could have tried a juggernaut-tron doing a beeline down one side of the riverwalk and coming back along the other side off the path...
Sunny, bittery cold and windy - but I can't prove that.
Snow on the ground, probably too cold & dry to make a snowperson - but I forgot to even try, so I can't prove that.
Counted paces from the street sign to the river's edge, triangulated back and paced south to the hash point - but I can't prove that.
I got there by walking out the right hand hinge side of my office door, down the hall and out the back door of the building, across the river (twice)(on different bridges), southwest down the riverbank, marked the hash, then walked southeast up the riverbank, up another street, in the front door of my office on the latch side - a full walking Tron - but I can't prove that.
[and I've decided that using footprints to mark out XKCD counts as a local timeout from the strict TRON guidelines....]
It likely wasn't a helicopter in the older Googlemap photo - but probably a mobile boom worklift - when at the site I recognized the area as being the location of a highway overpass that was demolished a year or two ago - so I would have passed directly over the hashpoint about 20 feet higher on the old onramp at least once a month - but I can't prove that.
I was grinning foolishly - I can prove that.
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