2018-08-22 52 -1

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Wed 22 Aug 2018 in 52,-1:
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Field with public footpath, East Adderbury.



I'm keen to get to level 2 of the Minesweeper Geohash achievement, and this far-South-of-graticule hashpoint represents an opportunity to achieve that. I'll be at work during the day, but - energy levels permitting after what'll have been a long day! - I'll find a way to get up here and see if I can get to the hashpoint, aiming to arrive probably around 18:30.


It had been a long day at work, but it looked to be a beautiful evening and I promised myself a pub dinner if I made it to the hashpoint, so I set out by car and by foot to East Adderbury, the village nearest to the hashpoint. The village itself is stunning: lots of old stone buildings, a very traditional bridge, and beautiful green spaces. I spotted not one but two candidate pubs (The Red Lion and The Coach & Horses) as I passed through the village, which was a reassuring start, and then pressed on down a lane which quickly became a narrow trail, waving to some cows along the way (why do I always seem to meet cattle on my hashing adventures?).

The trail was full of blackberries so I wasn't short of a snack, but it soon became clear that it wouldn't get me any closer than 35m to the hashpoint. I returned to the entrance to the cows' field and, hopping a stile, crossed it. The cows looked puzzled as I paced around, getting to ground zero, but didn't object. After shooting the traditional silly grin, I turned tail and headed back into the village and to the Coach & Horses, which proved to be the very essence of a British village pub: a husband and wife couple running it, dogs everywhere, a jar of pickled onions behind the bar, and more beers than you can shake a stick at.

I did enjoy a rather unusual conversation at the bar, though -

 Me: Can I get a ham, egg, and chips please. And a pint of bitter shandy.
 Barman: One egg or two?
 Me: Oh! Two, please.
 Barman: (Pause) We haven't got any eggs.
 Me: Uhh. Okay; no eggs then.
 Barman's wife: We've got one egg.
 Barman: We've got one egg.
 Me: I'll have one egg, then.
 (I go and sit outside; after a while, my meal arrives. There are two eggs.)
 Barman's wife: I found another egg.
 Me: ...

A fuller description of the entire adventure can found in the vlog I made along the way.



I filmed my adventure in a vloggy format, complete with doubling-back, talking to cows, and anecdotes about pub food. Watch it on YouTube or below:


More photos, in a higher resolution, and other goodies can be found at https://danq.me/2018/08/22/2018-08-22-52-1/.


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Dan Q achieved level 2 of the Minesweeper Geohash achievement
by visiting coordinates in Swindon, United Kingdom and 2 of the surrounding graticules.
Dan Q earned the Last man standing achievement
by being the the only hasher world-wide to go on a geohashing expedition on 2018-08-22.