2019-04-20 3 98

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Sat 20 Apr 2019 in 3,98:
3.3563767, 98.7175604

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In a palm plantation near Medan, Sumatra



Two Alexes and myself were on a week-long cycle tour in Northern Sumatra, where we'd planned to ride up to and around Lake Toba, the dormant super-volcano. We were on Day 1, heading out of the city of Medan, when I discovered this hash. It was only 1km off our intended route. Hard to pass up an opportunity like this!

So, when we neared the turnoff, I alerted the others as to my intentions. The two Alexes seemed okay about spending 45 mins in a wooden 'cafe' at the turnoff while I went on my jaunt (I knew it was a long shot to convince them to come along).

I took the small, sealed road, crossed the river valley, and quickly arrived at an extremely bumpy unsealed road. I wasn't sure I'd be able to make it to the hash at all, particularly since the hash was actually a couple of hundred metres off the rough road I was on.

I passed a school, and a few curious locals. Soon my new off-road touring bike finally had an opportunity to show off its capabilities - I veered off the road and onto a small goat track through palm plantations, around small dams and into the mud.

After a hundred or so metres I could go no further and left my bike on the track, continuing the journey on foot. I scrambled over a few mounds, rounded some more dams and finally arrived at the hash. I took some photos, got to within 1m, and ran back to my bike. I was back at the others with 8 minutes to spare on my promised deadline.

Here is the route we took that day.



Felix Dance earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement
by being the first to reach any hashpoint in the (3, 98) graticule, here, on 2019-04-20.
Geohash 2019-04-20 3 98 06 Road.JPG
Felix Dance earned the Bicycle geohash achievement
by cycling 120 kms to and from the (3, 98) geohash on 2019-04-20.
Geohash 2019-04-20 3 98 06 Road.JPG