29-Jun-2005 -- On 5th May 2005 Rainer Mautz visited 10 CP’s in one day. This was an impressive achievement. However I believed that maybe it could be beaten and I resolved to have a go.
Rainer said that he made 3 mistakes during the day and without these he could have achieved 11 points. After some study of the map, the difficulty of individual points and the road system I decided to have a go at a line of points on the 51 degree line of latitude. In order to get most daylight I had to go east to west.
I decided to start at 14 E near Dresden so that if I was very lucky I would reach the final point (number 13) on the coast near Calais. I did not get that far and only achieved official visits to 10 of the points. Rainer’s record stands – his points were further south and therefore the distance covered was greater (71.3km per point compared to 70.2km for the 51N line). The story is told in the following visit reports.
The average time from point to point was just under 2 hours. The shortest time between points was 90 minutes. The longest time 2 hours 45 minutes (Cologne rush hour and detour via Düsseldorf). The last sector was also longer than necessary due to problems buying petrol in Diest. Without these problems and a 15 minute delay on the motorway on the way to 10 E it would have been possible to reach 4 E in daylight.
On 28th June I left Brussels at 4pm and drove to Dresden. I arrived at about midnight and drove to within 100 metres of the point. As it was a warm clear evening I slept in the open for a few hours until daylight. Sunrise as due at 4.50 and it was sufficiently light for photos – even under the trees at 4.30.
There is a new motorway from Dresden towards Prague – it was not quite finished all the way to Pirna. There is, however, a good dual carriageway road going North-South through Pirna that did not appear on my map. I also looked at the official mark of the point that lies about 150 metres from the point.
Continued at 51N 13E
Coordinator's Note: I would like to add that the Degree Confluence Project is *not* a competition and while I understand the reasons behind trips such as this one I would caution against driving for 18 hours without rest stops or someone to share the driving with.