31-Jul-2011 -- Following a successful visit at 51N-1W, Gordon proved to be quite an entertaining tour guide while we continued our confluence discussions. We passed through the new Hindhead Tunnel, the longest non-estuarial road tunnel in the United Kingdom that had just opened 2 days before our transit!
There was lots of traffic on the M25, fortunately most of it was heading in the opposite direction. As we made our way down Ketches Lane, I recognized the Oast House – as Gordon explained where they used to process Hops for beer. This particular one had been converted into a family home – keeping the outside appearance true to its original look.
We began a short hike to the confluence traversing a small path through a wooded area. Alternate paths around either side of the woods would have been equally successful. We startled several small game birds. Gordon explained that on his last visit here there were dozens of pens for them but they are now gone. Passing a corn field about 3 feet high we made our way down a faint double track into a fallow grassy field.
Each of our GPS receivers resolved a slightly different position and we did a dance as they slowly converged. Gordon held both receivers as I snapped pictures hoping for simultaneous agreement between the two. In the distance was the distinctive sound of a steam whistle from a steam train which we would pass on our way out.
The cardinal pictures are North,
South and West. Our receivers are in relative agreement with lots of zeroes!. Picture #6 shows the confluence hunters. One of the many pheasants or grouse or other game birds that was slow enough to allow me to take a quick picture, and local horses behind an electric fence.
On the hike back, we passed by and sampled some ripe berries. On our drive back to my hotel, we took a quick look at the train station then stopped at a proper pub where I could treat Gordon to some lunch and a pint for his hospitality.
An excellent adventure with a fellow confluencer! My sincere thanks go to Gordon for the opportunity to visit these two confluences in the UK.
Although not a true antipode, this confluence is 180 degrees away from my very first confluence attempt at 0N-180W.
The next two weeks my work kept me quite busy. It was very cool to pass by the distinctive buildings of TAG Aviation, that were used in the movies Quantum of Solace and Inception on my daily commute!