14-Jul-2008 -- The story of this visit goes back quite a long way, right back to the middle of January, but you know what they say "good things come to those who wait". Perhaps I should elaborate a bit more....
I have done a few visits previously with International visitors, firstly with Joseph Kerski, which also happened to be my first offshore confluence. I followed this up with several visits with the most prolific hunter Captain Peter and his Austrian colleague Werner Furlan. Shortly after that I met up with the Scandinavian Coordinator Terje Mathisen and his wife, with them we went to the most visited spot in the world. After that I met up with Alfredo Remon the Venezuelan Coordinator and we went to my home confluence, then earlier this year I met up with Wojciech Czombik and we went and stood on the Prime Meridian.
When I found out that Dave was coming over to the UK later in the year for a family holiday the obvious thing to do was to float the idea of getting together. Slowly over the next few months, plans began to take shape, then by the end of May we had nailed down the two days that we would go and explore.
As part of my preparation I drew up detailed timetables with time and distances worked out between points, the idea being to do as much as was reasonably possible - at the same time taking in some interesting scenery. That kind of let out doing 53N-00 and 52N-01E. About a month ago I came to this very point as part of a reconnaissance mission ready for today.
I knew that Dave would be arriving in York rail station just after 9.30am and so I was up bright and early at 5.30, breakfasted and at the station by 9.15. My research had showed me that this station when built was the largest in the world and on the wall by platform 9 is the "marker post". Back in the day that was the zero point for all distance measuring on the railways, sort of like their own Meridian Line.
From the station it is just over 6 miles to the CP, but thanks to traffic and seemingly endless traffic lights that took about 30-40 minutes. Parked up by the village hall and I asked Dave to lead the way in...
The crops aren't that much further on than they were a month ago, still mostly green but just starting to ripen. We soon found ourselves on the exact spot and I took my usual series of pictures.
The reason that you don't see them here, is that after 5 shots my camera suffered the dreaded "Canon shutter failure", really, they don't build stuff robustly any more. I had only taken 24500 pictures when all said and done.
So, no GPS shot this time, but if you compare the photo's to the last visit you can clearly see we were in the exact same spot.
Job done, and off to something with a bit more challenge - 54N-02W. Head out West for Embsay and some serious exercise.
I didn't discover the camera failure until later, so there are no pictures of 54N-02W, but my narrative is combined with Dave's here.