31-Jul-2011 -- My work required that I travel to Farnborough for a couple of weeks. The plan would be to arrive early Saturday morning, spend the weekend adjusting to the 8 hour time difference and be ready for work early Monday morning. What a better way to adjust than visit a confluence or two?
When my arrival dates were confirmed, I sent a quick email note to Gordon Spence and asked if he might like to revisit one of the nearby confluences. He sent a positive reply and plans were made for a Sunday confluence visit.
Gordon picked me up at my hotel and we had an engaging conversation about driving on the left side of the road, gas prices, speed cameras that compute your average speed between two cameras, license plate numbering conventions, taxes, and of course – confluencing!
With the help of his Sat Nav, although I’m sure he knew the way without it, we made our way to 51N- 1W. We turned onto increasingly narrower roads and spun around many roundabouts. I was amazed at the very tall hedges trimmed plumb to the edge of the shoulderless roads.
From my limited pre-confluence planning, I recognized the Barrow Hill Farm. I should have turned my GPS on earlier since it took awhile to resolve a solution for its current location! The gate was open and Gordon and I cautiously ventured closer. I determined the confluence to be about 18 meters inside the metal roofed barn. We each took several pictures.
Picture #1 looks North at the entrance. Picture #2 looks East down the driveway-sized two-lane road. Picture #3 also looks east but on the farm side of the hedge row. Picture #4 looks West towards the farm house. Picture #5 shows my closest GPS position. Picture #6 looks north towards the barn with Holstein cows on the other side.
It was a nearly perfect day for a visit. Our adventures continues onward towards 51N-0W.