29-Jun-2006 -- This is my 15th confluence that I have visited in the UK. Most of the confluences I have reached by bicycle from London – totalling now a riding distance of 2579 km.
This Saturday at 4:45 am I started riding from my home in London Hammersmith and headed westwards via Camberly and Basingstoke. The early hours are perfect to escape London traffic due to the empty roads. Later in the day I followed small roads and reached the confluence area in the late afternoon.
The weather was not so favourable with little showers and heavy winds from the south. Nevertheless at 6 pm I had covered the 201 km beeline distance or 226 km riding distance between home and the confluence. At the signpost, I turned into a small road, parked the bike at a gate and covered the last 140m on foot. I was welcomed by a sheep herd. Instead of running away, the sheep came to me with an obvious interest in confluence documentation.
After the documentation of the confluence area was finished, I cycled 5 more miles to the city of Taunton and took a train back to London. Unfortunately, spontaneously purchased one-way tickets have not adequate prices: £53. This time, an overnight stay was not necessary and my sleeping bag did not come in use. At 21:30 pm I was back in London Paddington and at 22pm back home with 242 km on my odometer.
CP visit details:
- Time at the CP: 17:55 pm
- Riding time to get to the CP: 13 hours
- Riding distance: 226 km from London
- Distance of bike parking: 135 m
- Distance to the road: 220 m
- Distance to houses: 160 m
- Topography: hilly
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0.89 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 6 m
- GPS height: 23 m
- Vegetation: grass field, not mowed with some clover in between. Blackberry bushes enclose the field.
- Weather: overcarst, 22° C (felt temperature)
- Description of the CP: 8 km from the city of Taunton in Western England. Rolling hills and mostly farmland.
- Given Name: The Curious Sheep Confluence