2015-05-23 51 12
Today's location is in the street on Wurzener Straße, a small road near Mockrehna.
Country: Germany; state: Sachsen (Saxony, EU:DE:SN); district: Nordsachsen
The railway strike ruined my Geohashing Day expedition. There had been a hashpoint near Elsterwerda and I would have had time to visit it by train and bike after work, but because of the strike not a single train connected Dresden and Elsterwerda in the evening. The strike ended on 2015-05-21 and by the 23th the trains were running as usual. Thus I planned to visit the Geohashing Day spot on my way to the Mouseover Day spot in Mockrehna, in the 51 12 graticule. There was a train connection going from Dresden to Elsterwerda with about 45 minutes waiting time at Elsterwerda for the train towards Mockrehna and I planned to use that waiting time to cycle the 9.5 km to the hashpoint and back. I entered all the data into the railway homepage but when I hit "confirm booking" the homepage said "no place for bikes left on one of the trains". Finding another route, via Leipzig, didn't work either. I even made detailed plans to start at 10 a.m., visit the 51 13 hashpoint near Lauchhammer first and then visit the 51 12 spot afterwards; on that tour I would be on tour for 10.5 hours, I would not only have only 37 minutes for the Geohashing Day retrohash (9.5 km cycling including slope, and some minutes at the spot for pictures/celebration), I would also have to cycle another 15 km (in more than one hour) at Lauchhammer. When I woke up in the morning of the 23th I decided not to spend all the day on the train so I cancelled the retrohash plans. But I still planned to visit that day's coordinates.
Shortly after 1 p.m. I left home and rode my bike to the Dresden-Neustadt train station. Then I took the 13:31 train to Leipzig, where I arrived shortly before 3 p.m. A few minutes later I left Leipzig on the train that went to Mockrehna. That one arrived at Mockrehna at 15:40 and I instantly started to walk quickly towards the hashpoint. Finding the spot was easy, after a few turns in Mockrehna I walked along the very straight Wurzener Straße until I was at the spot, at 15:55. It was directly on the tarmac and I proceeded to chalk a marker. A woman on a bike rode past me but I saw nobody else there. Then I celebrated Mouseover Day with Scott, mice and a certain Canadian candy. Five minutes past 4 I already had to leave and I quickly walked back to the train station. The train came at 16:22, bringing me back to Leipzig, then it was just another train ride to Dresden, where I arrived at half past 6.
| Danatar earned the 2015 Mouse Over Day achievement