11-Feb-2001 -- The Richter's directions were impeccable. All I had to do was
to make one slight alteration - decide that it *was* appropriate to walk
the 650m to the actual confluence! :)
The fences are all electric, it seems, and I received two jolts
which, while not terrible, weren't exactly pleasant. It's easier to just
walk further to the big gates and climb over the gates. (some of the
gates were open, though) Having said this, though, I didn't find a gate
for the very first fence - the fence that runs parallel to Scrubby Lane.
This fence is barbed, and it was quite tricky to negotiate. I really
wished I either had a partner, or a step ladder. There must be an easier
way over this fence - I probably should have looked for longer.
There is a dam very close to the confluence. (about 20m to the east
of the confluence - see photo 2)
While I was wandering around looking for gates etc, I saw a 4WD
vehicle a couple of hundred metres to the south, zig zagging towards me.
I wondered whether it might be an angry farmer (I hadn't gotten
permission), but whoever it was disappeared after a while. Looks like I
got away with it.
The southern side of Scrubby Lane (the side of the confluence) is
mostly just fields of wheat. On the northern side there is a row of
houses, widely spaced. In photo 2, Scrubby Lane is right where the
treeline is, 650m away, to the north.
When I returned to my car at the end of the dirt road portion of
Scrubby Lane (i.e, at the scrubby/not-scrubby transition point), I saw
some teenage guys out the front of their house just across the road, so
I went over and attempted to a) explain what I was doing, and b)
ascertain whether in fact the property belonged to their family. I
failed dismally at doing either of these - they said that "anyone can go
down there", and didn't seem to care when I told them I had gone over
the fence into the fields. They also didn't seem the slightest bit
interested in the confluence web site. :)