2014-04-20 49 8

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On a track on top of the flood protection levee at Biebesheim.




To catch the train at 9:02 in Speyer, arrive in Gernsheim at 10:07, ride to the hash on my bicycle and ride on to Groß Gerau. Catch the train there at 11:55 and drive to Neuwied, where I'll visit my mother, before I cycle from hash to hash the following three days.


We had an easter family meeting and for a long time I did not know whether or when I could visit the hashpoint.



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So I don't have to write very much, as my post writers already did tell most of the things, I could tell. I got all the trains to Gernsheim as planned and after a short ride through an ugly industrial area I reached the rhine dike at Biebesheim where I easily found the hashpoint and left a chalk mark (and I was very pleased to read, that someone else found it). The weather was great and I wanted to take pictures of every stork, donkey and the natural reservate Kühkopf, but I had to catch another train and so I must hurry a little bit. I reached the station in Groß Gerau just 10 minutes before the trains departure. This train was 6 minutes late when it arrived at Wiesbaden - very much time when you have 8 minutes to change trains.But whith a little sprint I reached the next train just in time and reached my mothers home at 3 pm.

Next station on my journey was 2014-04-21_50_8.


After visiting my parents, I had to get back to Würzburg for night duty on Easter Sunday. The hashpoints were conveniently placed so that I planned to visit two of them without too much of a detour. The first one was 2014-04-20 49 8, near the Rhine at Biebesheim. First I drove to the Autobahn A659, changing to the A6 and A67 after a short time. I left the last one at the Gernsheim exit, driving to Gernsheim. At that time the first of many motorcyclists for the day crossed my path, doing wheelies behind me. At 15:40 I arrived at Biebesheim, parking the car in a parking lot next to the flood protection levee. From there I walked along the Rhine, then followed the levee when it turned away from the river towards the hashpoint. It was a nice walk in the sunshine. The hashpoint was on top of the levee in a place where multiple tracks crossed. My GPS unit located the spot about 2 meters away from DODO’s chalk marks, around 4 p.m.. While I was taking the pictures, a couple with a dog arrived and rested at the bench next to the hashpoint. I saw lots of storks flying around or walking across the meadows, a sign nearby informing me that at Biebesheim there’s an important location for storks, with more than 50 breeding pairs. Then I walked back to my car. I drove via Pfungstadt to the Odenwald, cruising towards the 49 9 hashpoint.

Rincewind & Yakamoz

We celebrated Easter Sunday with Rincewind's family with a lavish Asian buffet lunch, paschal lamb cake and chocolate easter bunnies. Afterwards, it was high time we went geohashing. The nearest coordinates were in Biebesheim, 19 km away from home. It was very easy to reach. When we walked back, we almost walked through it, without noticing the handwriting on the ground, but Rincewind still spotted it: An XKCD logo and the link written in chalk... Rincewind supposed DODO could have been there before us. He's right, is he not?...


After most members of the family had left, the others wanted to watch "Horsewhisperer" on TV, but I needed some time out. So (without having a look at the wiki) I drove to Biebesheim arriving at 21:30. I found the hashpoint quickly and made the first photos.

But oops! There was some chalk writing on the bike path. *ggg* Very nice to see this kind of greeting, confirming that I am not the only geohash freak in this area. ;-)

After that I looked for the geocache GC2RRTR. Not easy in the darkness.




Rincewind & Yakamoz


Achievements / Honorable Mention

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DODO, Danatar, Rincewind&Yakamoz and Q-Owl earned the Avoid Each Other Achievement
by launching four independent expeditions without meeting up at the (49, 8) geohash on 2014-04-20.

Rincewind and Yakamoz earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (49, 8) geohash on 2014-04-20.

Q-Owl earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (49, 8) geohash on 2014-04-20.
Q-Owl earned the Hash collision honorable mention
by discovering the geocache GC2RRTR 150 meters from the (49, 8) geohash on 2014-04-20.

150 m from the hashpoint, but not in direct sight

Yes, I know, thats boring, but just for completeness:

DODO earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (49, 8) geohash on 2014-04-20.

And since I haven't made all the way to the hash on bike, I had to change this into my first

DODO earned the Public transport geohash achievement
by reaching the (49, 8) geohash on 2014-04-20 using public transit.


tracklog for both Danatar's hashpoints

DODOs track: bike 36 KM (in 2 parts), train: 191 KM