06-Nov-2007 -- 54N – 1W York, England
Line Hunting Date: November 6 2007
Last member of the Yip-Bannicq Group joined the hunt
Tara, a member of the Yip-Bannicq Group who stationed in Bradford, Northern UK, is the only one of the group has not hunted for a confluence point. A brief visit by Ray managed to get her out for the first hunt. The only regret is that the rather rudimentary GPS of the Blackberry using a decimal-based system (instead of minutes and seconds) misled us such that it ended up as an incomplete hunt. A rather hard one for Ray, a seasoned line-hunter to swallow.
The trip started at Bradford with an easy one-hour expressway drive to York. The exit we took put us less than 3 km from the confluence point. The GPS of the Blackberry phone only registers the coordinate of a given location and requires manual reset to get a reading at a now location. We stopped at a side road in the middle of a field with most of the GPS reading decimal points over 59.5, which we thought must be close enough.
We walked toward the village as the GPS reading indicated that we were getting closer. Eventually we came to a group of houses, suggesting that the confluence point would be on the back side of the houses. We managed to find a path to go behind the row of houses and entered a cow pasture. We settled for the reading of 0°59.65'W reading and thought it must be within 100 meters from 1.00°W. This turned out to be a terrible mistake. Later, upon returning to Beijing, a simple calculation put this location about 380 meters off from the all zeros.
After the hunt, we stopped by the historical old town of York for a late but proper lunch at a charming pub. After wandering around the old town a bit, we headed back to Bradford. A fine day for fresh country air and for father-daughter bonding.
Rating of this hunt:
Degree of Challenge:
1 – a pleasant walk in the English country side (1= very easy - drive to the point; to 5= a death march – glad it is over)
2– typical farming community, nice but not very special (Scale: 1= not interesting at all; 5= take your breath away)
3 – a village or suburb of York and the historic old town of York sure worth a visit (Scale: 1=dull; 5= most stimulating)
Coordinator's Note: The big church is one of the worlds greatest Cathedral's and has been there for over 900 years. The original church dates back to 627.