24-Jun-2010 -- This report is the second out of two confluences that I visited together with Gordon Spence, the confluence coordinator of Europe and Australia. The story starts from 54°N 1°W.
On our drive, Gordon and I had a lot to say. This is naturally the case when two people sharing the same hobby meet. Occasions where confluence hunters meet each other are rare, since the few specimens of confluencephiles are spread widely all over the world and therefore one needs to travel far in order to meet the other.
Before we actually visited the confluence point, we had a stop at Lowdham Station (700 m from the confluence point). The
level-crossing is still operated manually. A sign tells you that the fine for walking on the railroad tracks is £1000. On the other side, a sign dating back to 1899 tells you that the fine for the same offence is £10. We did not try out which sign would be effective and left Lowdham station without trespassing the tracks.
I had been to the confluence point five and a half years earlier in January 2005. This time, it was summer and I could not believe that I had been there before, because everything seemed to have changed.
A nice surprise was that the confluence point now was in the middle of a camomile field! It was a lovely spot with the afternoon sun shining brightly. There are no other camomile fields in the area, and this field has just an area of about 15 by 50 m. What a nice coincidence!
Shortly after our common visit, it was already time to say good-bye to Gordon. He dropped me of at Bishop’s Stortford where I caught a train to London.
CP visit details:
- Beeline distance from car parking: 360 m
- Walking time (incl. return): 40 min
- Time at the CP: 5:32 pm
- Measured height: 19 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 3 m
- Minimal distance to the CP: 0 m
- Vegetation: In a camomile field.
- Distance to a road: 180 m
- Distance to a track: 30 m
- Distance to houses: 190 m
- Topography: absolutely flat.
- Weather: sunny, 22° C (felt temperature)
- Description of the CP: In an agricultural dominated area with various grain fields, separated by ditches and hedges.
- Given Name: The Camomile Coincidence Confluence