14-May-2005 -- We started out weekend trip in London this day and drove on the M4 westwards to Wales. After having Lunch in Carmarthen, we spontaneously decided to go to the coast near Fishguard. I knew that there was a confluence near that town, so I was happy to hear that members of our group choose Fishguard as a place to visit (even not being aware of a confluence point).
We parked our car in the town Fishguard at a scenic spot near the ocean. I secretly turned on the GPS receiver, waited for the satellites to be tracked and awaited eagerly the distance to the DCP. What an astonishing result: only 615m distance! Now, I proudly announced to the rest of the group that there is a confluence in just 615m beeline distance. Indeed, I had successfully surprised everybody. We started walking towards the direction to go as shown on the navigation display. After a short hike of about 100m, the surprise was now on my side: it was still 615m to go. Why that? I was somewhat confused.
Ah – I had wrongly entered 5º East instead of 5º West! And I hadn’t seen that the actual display suggested going another 615 km instead of 615m! I quickly corrected the blunder and again was exited to know what the adjusted distance to the confluence would be. There we go – 950m to the confluence, but in the other direction. To the confusion of the group and to my embarrassment we had to pass by our parked car again in order to go towards the point. But I was still quite happy that this short distance of less then 1km would still be just a short walk.
We walked along the harbour of Goodwick and then turned inland, passing by a game of cricket being played at a nearby field. Then we reached the spot – a really weird location in an overgrown yard just in the bend of a small road (Jacksons Way) that leads up a hill. I got the zeros standing on the wall of that yard.
After the documentation was done, we spotted a bed and breakfast place in 91m distance from the confluence point (#7). Rooms were available so we spent the night within the 100m zone of the confluence! It‘s quite a coincidence, since only about 4 ppm of the whole area belongs to a 100m zone. The next day, we enjoyed our great English breakfast (#8) at Keating’s B & B.
CP visit details:
- Time at CP: 14:45 p.m.
- Duration: 20 minutes (of documentation)
- Distance of car parking: 950 m
- GPS height: 27 m
- Distance to a track: 4 m
- Distance to a road: 20 m
- Distance to houses: 25 m
- Distance while taking picture of GPS: 2.66 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 5 m
- Description: Very close (ca. 500m) from the coast line near the harbour of Goodwick. In a yard with dense vegetation. A small road encircles the yard half around. In populated area (village of Goodwick).
- Given Name: The 915km-Hike Confluence