Author Topic: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square  (Read 37070 times)

fuaran

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #150 on: August 23, 2018, 11:04:43 pm »
A packraft would be easier to carry on a bike. And you could carry the bike on the packraft.

quixoticgeek

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #151 on: August 23, 2018, 11:09:53 pm »
The ultimate in Tilehunting in your part of the Netherlands would be towing a Kayak behind your bike, offloading it when you're at the shore, adding the wet tiles and hunt a few extra tiles while cycling back.

I have a Brompton. I've been considering an Alli folding canoe, a carry freedom trailer, and basically what you suggest...

I also have my eye on an Oru kayak... But that's less practical for fitting the Brompton...

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quixoticgeek

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #152 on: August 23, 2018, 11:10:27 pm »
A packraft would be easier to carry on a bike. And you could carry the bike on the packraft.

Paging Alistair Humpreys...

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fboab

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #153 on: August 24, 2018, 06:58:53 am »
The Port of Tees has all rights here. The Gits. No unauthorised watercraft, and no access on foot or bike. The Gits.
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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #154 on: August 24, 2018, 07:23:17 am »
Would a foot passenger on a ferry be considered within the spirit?  You could maybe get the bottom square before you were motorised?

fboab

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #155 on: August 24, 2018, 07:34:46 am »
That's no ferry - it's a freight route. Haven't been ferries from the Tees for a while. I can get the North side of the Tees - I'm waiting for the completion of the North Coast Path before I brave it, but the South side is out of bounds without some cunning trespass.
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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #156 on: August 24, 2018, 07:46:32 am »
I've got that bottom right square ;D

It wasn't exactly cunning - I just rode past the security desk one Sunday and they must have been on their tea break.

fboab

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #157 on: August 24, 2018, 08:49:42 am »
It wasn't exactly cunning - I just rode past the security desk one Sunday and they must have been on their tea break.
I think that's the very definition of casual cunning. :D
TSS is not Total Sex Score, Chris!

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #158 on: August 24, 2018, 09:00:29 am »
Did you throw a stone at something noisy behind them first, as if in a cunning children's adventure story? 

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #159 on: August 24, 2018, 09:23:42 am »
Or you apply for work at the port.

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #160 on: August 24, 2018, 09:40:41 am »
I wonder if you can hire submarines?

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #161 on: August 24, 2018, 09:54:05 am »
It needs to be pedal powered. GPS reception might be a problem.

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #162 on: August 24, 2018, 03:16:44 pm »
A packraft would be easier to carry on a bike. And you could carry the bike on the packraft.

Or a paddleboard (of the inflatable type). Most pack down into a large rucksack so easily carried on a bike or in a trailer.

School holidays need to be over for me to get back out on the bike properly to continue tile bagging.
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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #163 on: August 25, 2018, 08:39:01 pm »
It wasn't exactly cunning - I just rode past the security desk one Sunday and they must have been on their tea break.
I think that's the very definition of casual cunning. :D

The trick is to act like you belong.

(I wore my PBP jersey).

fboab

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #164 on: August 27, 2018, 01:50:52 pm »
Boom--max cluster has now moved to the NORTH
TSS is not Total Sex Score, Chris!

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #165 on: August 27, 2018, 10:24:13 pm »
Boom--max cluster has now moved to the NORTH

 :thumbsup:

What will your score be when you link them up?

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #166 on: August 27, 2018, 10:33:51 pm »
I knocked off a few squares at my south west corner, including two absolute bastards where there was no way in except trudging across heather and peat bogs and through thick bracken, trying to find a path. And then back down. Lucky it's been a dry summer. And the views off Braithwaite Moor, down to the rippling landscape where the Cover and Yore roll down to meet, were awesome.

The square is still sat on 34x34, but there are three overlapping now. Just a few squares behind Hamsterley to get to push it up.

Salvatore

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #167 on: September 08, 2018, 10:04:57 am »
My max square has been stuck on 29x29 for over a year, mainly due to (a) injury and (b) pushing my total explorer score beyond 33,000.


Yesterday I went out and bagged 20 tiles east and south of Andover, taking my max square to 30x30


I live near the eastern edge of the square. I suppose that show my preference for rides to the west. To increase my max square, I'll have to go north and/or south.
 
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Salvatore

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #168 on: September 08, 2018, 11:10:49 am »
My most tricky tile so far is one which has a road running through it, but it's the A303 just after it joins/leaves to M3. It's motorway in all but name, and not a road I'd want to cycle on. But I noticed while perusing various online maps that in a neighbouring tile was Basingstoke Crematorium, of which the garden of remembrance had an extension which looked as if it might impinge on the troublesome tile at its westernmost point.


So, armed with a just-in-case cover story about a long-lost aunt last known in the Basingstoke area, I left my bike near the gate and, giving a wide berth to the mourning party assembling in the car park, wandered, Garmin in hand, to what I reckoned was the furthest point before retracing and riding home. Job done. 
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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #169 on: September 08, 2018, 12:20:46 pm »
My max square has been stuck on 29x29 for over a year, mainly due to (a) injury and (b) pushing my total explorer score beyond 33,000.


Yesterday I went out and bagged 20 tiles east and south of Andover, taking my max square to 30x30


I live near the eastern edge of the square. I suppose that show my preference for rides to the west. To increase my max square, I'll have to go north and/or south.

Your total explorer score is way off scale so you're exused for have in a not too impressive square ;).

Salvatore

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #170 on: September 08, 2018, 12:56:39 pm »
While it's mildly irksome that you don't get anything for riding through the many tunnels in northern Norway (especially the 7km Nordkapptunnel), tiles that far north are about half the width of those in UK, so if you travel E-W you can bag twice as many for riding the same distance.

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telstarbox

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #171 on: September 08, 2018, 02:28:46 pm »
Ticked off some awkward squares around Dartford and Gravesend today which involved some comedy off-roading along the Thames Path. The conquest of Kent continues.
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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #172 on: September 08, 2018, 10:03:05 pm »
While it's mildly irksome that you don't get anything for riding through the many tunnels in northern Norway (especially the 7km Nordkapptunnel), tiles that far north are about half the width of those in UK, so if you travel E-W you can bag twice as many for riding the same distance.



Have you tried clicking on the track and opening the route completely? That helped for a couple of tiles which weren't accepted near Veliko Novgorod.

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #173 on: September 11, 2018, 07:33:47 am »
This is a fun game.

While my max square is only 19x19 (soon to expand), I am something like 200th ish on the all time Explorer score (of 22,000,000). Thus, it strikes me that the vast majority of people on the service must just ride the same old loops from the door - not that there's anything wrong with that.

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #174 on: September 11, 2018, 08:36:23 am »
Salvatore, I see some red specks in the upper red corner, did you ride around Kem and the Solovki Islands?