10-Jul-2005 -- 4:25 am I left home in London Hammersmith with the first daylight and started riding my bike through the empty streets of early Sunday morning in London. The GPS showed a distance of 135km to the DCP – a long countdown begun. It was a sunny and hot day, ideal for a bike ride. Even before the actual traffic started I had passed Oxford already. Via small villages and the historic town of Stow-On-The-World I finally reached the village Aldertown in the heat of the day.
I always wait to read the up-writings of previous visits until I’m back from my own visit. This gives me an opportunity to make an independent documentation; secondly, it creates a surprise and introduces a challenge in finding the location. However, this one was quite easy to find. The main road in Aldertown comes as close as 150m to the point. Leaving the village on a track northwards leads almost directly to the exact location.
A little track bypasses the confluence by only 6m, where I sat down in the shade and enjoyed eating the last bites of the German-style-bread that my baking-machine had produced during the night.
After I had taken the pictures, a long way home started. But before I left the place, I chatted with a family of Aldertown who is living only 160m from the CP. They were preparing a boot- and yard sale this Sunday.
After climbing a good number of steep hills and having cycled 301 km that day, I finally reached my home at 22:55 p.m.
CP visit details:
Time at the CP: 12:50
Duration: 18h 30min (until I was back home)
Distance of bike parking: 6m
Distance of houses: 130 m
GPS height: 61m
Description: Just north of the village Aldertown on the southern face of the of a forested 674 feet high hill. At the northern edge of a fallow grass field.
Given Name: The German-Style-Bread Confluence