2014-05-21 49 10
A wood near Raitersaich
I always wanted to go hunt some hash points. But using the web based tools was always too complicated. But this week I discovered the geohashing app in the Android store - and it works perfectly! :-)
And on this really, really nice day (warm and sunny), it showed me a coordinate that was:
- just within reach for me during the 3 or four hours I had to spare (I am nearly always going by bike...)
- apparently located only a few meters from a road near an open field
- situated in a really nice rural landscape.
So off I went, leaving work a little early and setting the hash point as a target in my brand new routing software (OSMAnd).
I knew that routing for bicycles is a magnitude harder than car routing. That combined with the remaining inconsistencies of OSM map material (although that is rather good around Nuremberg) lead to a rather... interesting... route that I was led. I got the impression that the routing algorithm itself sometimes used some kind of geohashing-like algorithms.
Additionally it didn't help that OSMAnd's UI is rather car-centric.
All this led to a lot of this kind of situation:
OSMAnd: Turn right!
Me: But there is no road.
OSMAnd: Yes there is!
Me: No, there isn't!
OSMAnd: Believe me, there is! Look at my map!
Me: YOU believe ME, in reality there is no road!
OSMAnd: Ok, here is your choice: Either you believe there to be a road and take it, or track your way back for the last two or three kilometres and try something different on your own...
So going to the hashpoint was really, really fun. A great adventure that I am still thinking about with a silly smile on my face :)
The hashpoint itself was rather unspectacular.
And very nearly it was a Déjà Vu Geohash, as it lay just a view hundred meters from the riding stable were we sometimes rent a pony for a little tour with our young niece.
The hashpoint as located by my GPS - surprisingly nice area! Schnatterfleck @49.3688,10.8290
Aeaeah... Routing app?... You're kidding, right...?? @49.4128,10.9025
Really steep (more than it looks on the picture)... but also part of the calculated route. Fallback to pushing the bike (at least not carrying yet...) @49.4124,10.9034
THIS is how I like it :) - But the near dead-end already lurked at the bottom of the little valley.... @49.4095,10.8950
Mission accomplished! @49.3687,10.8288
Not very far from the hash point. And I actually know those horses. @49.3699,10.8357
I was actually routed right through the middle of a golf course! @49.3781,10.9775
- Land geohash
- Bike geohash