2018-09-14 -37 145
In an industrial compound in Vermont
When I checked the hashes in the morning I saw this one - it was going to be a beautiful, sunny day (the first for a while, coming out of Melbourne Winter), so I thought 'Great - let's do it!'. I left home on my road bike shortly after getting up, and headed along the interconnected bike paths of urban Melbourne.
When I got far enough out to feel a break was acceptable, I had a coffee at a golf course. It wasn't too long before I reached the hash-area, and immediately came across a problem. From the Google Satellite view, I didn't notice there was a heavy gate blocking access to the hash location, which was in the car park of this industrial estate.
When I got closer I noticed that the gate wasn't actually locked, and that I could actually just push it open and sneak in. However, big signs told me any visitors had to talk to the intercom to gain entry. I decided to be legit and do that.
"Hello, I'm here to collect a geohash?", I asked.
"What was that, mate?" Came the Ocker reply.
"A geohash? I just need to get inside for 5 minutes".
"What is that? I've never heard of whatever that is". Shit. So much for bluffing my way in.
"It's like an internet scavenger hunt. There's a location in your car park I need to get to".
"What's that? I'm not letting you in for some game. This is private property!"
"That's alright. That's why I asked. Thanks anyway!".
Well, that was that then. No success. I got back on my bike and rode off. Later I realised I should have taken a photo of the closest approach, but I've got a Google Streetview screenshot instead.
I decided to make the most of my ride and the good weather and continue up the nearby Mt Danndenong. Soon I was out in the 'burbs, and came across fields of horses and sunny meadows. Not long afterwards I was climbing the 'Nong (basin route), and having lunch at the café at the summit.
A swift ride down got me to Croydon Station and then home.
Here is the route I took.
| Felix Dance earned the No trespassing consolation prize