2016-06-25 42 -78
Corner of Block and Theodore St in Buffalo
When the hashes came out on Friday, I saw this would be easy to get to and then realized that the distance to get there was close to the straight-line distance. Some calculations and multiple adjustments to the route on Google maps revealed that this could indeed be a Juggernaut hash! Cool!
It was going to be a busy Saturday with a Board meeting in the morning at the Camp property where I volunteer with a tour after the meeting. Getting home, I wanted the dogs to get some exercise so I then took them to the park to run around. I could have had an Official Saturday Meetup, but the dogs would have then been cooped up practically all day. With the dogs now tired, I got ready to go.
To make the Juggernaut calculations easy, before I started, I took a picture of the GPS Trip Computer 'page' and my bike odometer as well as the starting distance to the hash.
It was a mostly uneventful, if hot, ride to the hash, but I found it with no trouble on the proper path. Pulling up on the wrong side of the street where cars would park, there were 2 ladies sitting on their porch, which the hash was right in front. It was a little awkward as I stopped and started taking my pictures. Before I started that, I looked over and said 'Hello' and the look the one gave me when she said 'Hi' was one of 'are you lost?' Being on the East Side of Buffalo, I didn't exactly fit in with this neighborhood and I can just imagine they were asking themselves what this 'white guy dressed up in an funny Fruit Loops shirt on a bike' was doing stopping here.
Anyway, I got my pictures, happy that the distance to the hash was almost spot on to 14 miles confirming the Juggernaut*. Unfortunately, the GPS didn't have a great signal and the Distance to go was a little higher than I like, and it thought the hash was more in the direction across the street. I was in the circle of uncertainty, however. Looking at the map when I got home, I can just about confirm that, despite the GPS, I very likely rode through the hash.
On the way out, I rode by a kid probably 11 or 12 who said 'whoa, let me ride your bike!' I smiled, but didn't really say anything. I had another encounter that was cool on the way back. There was an intersection that had the light out and stop signs were put in the street to let everyone know to treat it as a stop. As I went through on my turn, the truck next to me sped up to get next to me and then slowed down and moved with me through the intersection. I thought that was a bit odd and I looked over and the guy in the passenger seat smiled at me. I realized they were blocking and protecting me in case someone was thinking of going through. I smiled and nodded to them to show I knew what they were doing and to thank them.
The rest of the ride home was uneventful and I'm happy to add one of the rarer ribbons to my list.
* Juggernaut Calculations: Using the GPS, it was 13.5 miles to the hash and total distance traveled was 14.0 miles. Giving a ratio of 0.5:13.5 or exactly 1:27. More precise calculation: using Eupeodes' geohashing.info site gave the distance to the hash as 13.53 miles and my bike computer gave 13.96 miles traveled with a deviation of 0.43 miles. The ratio would then be 0.43:13.51 or just about 2:63.
| This user earned the Land geohash achievement
| Pedalpusher earned the Bicycle geohash achievement
| Pedalpusher earned the Juggernaut achievement