2011-10-22 43 -87

From Geohashing

"Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error." ~HAL, 2001

Sat 22 Oct 2011 in 43,-87:
43.9295437, -87.3459880

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Just off a small dead-end road in Mequon, WI.


  • RocketMac
  • MusicGirl - The non-hashing, non-caching wife of RocketMac


When I looked up the coordinates on Friday, I had mentioned to the wife (MusicGirl) that it might be fun to head up there and see what's there, since it's out of our normal "flight zone" if you will.


On Saturday morning, I asked MusicGirl what she wanted to do about lunch. She said that she liked me idea of finding my hashpoint and then finding a restaurant nearby to try something new.

My original iPhone geoashing app is refusing to give coordinates for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday; but I can look up coordinates any other day/year. Odd. I took the precaution of loading the waypoint off the day's page into my best GPS app and we head out.

The drive up was relatively uneventful. We pulled up near the hashpoint and MusicGirl politely decided to stay in the car and look for our lunch options.

I got out and walked over to the spot. Every time I go out geohashing, I realize I need to find a better GPS app, one that updates more frequently. After a little zigging and zagging, I confirmed that I had made the spot. I took some pictures and went back to the car.

MusicGirl and I started digging through Yelp! to find lunch options. We found a place called Cafe 1505 nearby. The place was fine, but the pictures on the web site and the descriptions in the menu painted a more glamourous image than reality provided. There was a seafood place that was technically in line of sight that would have counted for a Pub Geohash but it's a seafood place and that would have been a hard sell to MusicGirl.

After that we started our way home. We had to make a couple of shopping runs that are now immortalized in my tracklog, but so be it.

**Error! Does Not Compute!**

As previously mentioned, my geohashing app on my iPhone wasn't giving data for the days covered by Friday's DOW opening, but everything else was fine. I had pulled the hashpoint data straight off the web site.

But when I started creating the expedition page, I had a very different set of coordinates on the map. I checked again and those numbers stuck. I was starting to think I had entered the wrong date into the site this morning, but then I realized I had pulled up those coordinates on the web site on two other occassions with the same result.

I checked my geohashing app and suddenly I had data! Huh!

The only thing I can figure is that the DOW data wasn't available but the site was still hashing the rest of the string. I had *just* seen another expedition page with an alternate point on the map, so I spent some time figuring out this "proposed alternate location" thing and decided to log the journey anyway.


My tracklog is available in GPX and KMZ formats



RocketMac earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (43, -87) geohash on 2011-10-22.
RocketMac earned the Drag-along achievement
by dragging my wife to the (43, -87) geohash on 2011-10-22.
RocketMac earned the Blinded by Science Consolation Prize
by failing to reach the (43, -87) geohash on 2011-10-22 because the web site was giving out bad coordinates.