16-Aug-2006 -- 早就想去猎点了。
I have been hoping to hunt for a confluence point for quite a while.
Very early on I have selected an unvisted point closest to Hebi and set out for the hunt after some preparation. I made my way from Hebi to Tangyin and then to Neihuang. Once reached Neihuang, I tried to find the 36N 115E point using the GPS. I asked for directions along the way, knowing the local folks should know more than the GPS.
Finally at about 12:40, I reached the site about 700M away from the confluence point. That was a farmland filled with tall corns blocking my way forward. I wondered, “Do I have to go through 700 meters of dense corn field?”
Not a happy situation.
I could not give up here after riding a bike for over 80kms. I hided my bike in the cornfield and recorded the location where I stored it. I was afraid if the bike would be stolen. I started my trip in the cornfield and it was painfully slow. Than, suddenly a road appeared after 20 meters of struggle. I turned back to retrieve the bike and continue my way along the road toward my goal.
After some turnings, the cornfield ended in a vast potato field. As least I don’t have to fight my way through the dense cornfield.
I pushed my bike forward with GPS in hand to indicate the way.
Shortly, GPS beeped, wow, I am at 36N 115E confluence point.
Taking pictures and documented the proof. It was nearly 3pm, time to head back.
Tip 1: The best GPS cannot compete with local’s mouth (knowledge).
Tip 2: Refill water in hot weather. Plan made according to my physical condition was every 90 minutes riding with 10 mins break, drinking water amid break. (It feels so good to drink water whenever you are thirsty, unlike in the desert)
Tip 3: Would rather take 10kms on a good road than taking shortcuts since the speed will be lowered if the bike became damaged.
Coordinator's Note: Visit classified incomplete due to excessive logo and text on photos.