16-Jul-2006 -- This is my 14th visit of a confluence in the UK. Each time I started from London where I currently live and added only a single confluence to my records. All but three confluences I reached by bicycle – totalling 2337 km on my odometer.
This trip was no exception – only that the distance got quite challenging while using a bicycle as means of transportation. On Saturday at 4:45 am I started from my home in London Hammersmith and headed northwards. As soon as I left London I stuck to small county roads and passed through the pretty towns of St. Ives, Spalding and finally Boston.
When I reached Boston (220 km), it was already 22:00 pm and therefore too dark to capture the confluence. However, I had brought my sleeping-bag with me since I knew that I might not make it to the confluence within one day. I looked out for a peaceful place to roll it out for a short night. But it turned out to be not so easy to find an ideal location. While looking for a good place to sleep, I more or less consciously approached the confluence point. At the end I found an ideal spot 190 m from the confluence directly at a drainage channel where anglers sit and wait during the day.
With the first daylight at the next morning I had an easy walk to the confluence. I climbed the bank of the channel and found – to my surprise – that the confluence was 30m into a field which had just been harvested. My clock showed 5:10 am, which is quite a remarkable time for a confluence visit.
I cycled back to Cambridge where I got a train back home after having cycled 350km.
CP visit details:
- Time at the CP: 5:10 pm
- Riding time to get to the CP: 17 hours
- Riding distance: 222 km from London
- Distance of bike parking: 190 m
- Distance to the road: 300 m
- Topography: totally flat
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0.53 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 5 m
- GPS height: 13 m
- Vegetation: harvested field, crop not definable.
- Weather: sunny, 32° C (felt temperature)
- Description of the CP: 3 km from the city of Boston at England’s East Coast. The area is flat full of water channels. Parts of Boston including St. Botroph’s Church can be seen from the point. Located 30m from a drainage channel, on a huge field.
- Given Name: The Drainage Channel Confluence