15-Dec-2012 -- The story starts at 43°S 147°E and continues from 19°S 146°E.
On my way further north on the Bruce Highway, this confluence point was an easy catch. At a distance of 6 km, I left the highway towards Hull Heads. Shortly before reaching the confluence, I passed a single house: an old church. At a distance of 400 m I had reached the nearest point one can go on public roads. But an open farm track pointed directly to the confluencer's treasure. A minute later, I had already approached the confluence with 14 m missing. These 14 m were into a sugar cane field. At this time of the year the sugar cane is between 1 m and 1.5 m high, which allowed for walking to the exact location. How hot the weather was, one can image when looking at my sweaty face.
After the confluence visit the temperature rose even more. I escaped from the heat by entering the tourist information (and staying there for 2 hours). There, I found out that Tully is considered as the wettest town in Australia. Well, in Europe this award would not be promotional for tourism. The big boot in Tully visualises the maximal annual rainfall (i.e. 7900 mm/y).
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to an asphalt road: 400 m
- Distance to a track: 14 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 14 m
- Time to reach CP from bicycle parking: 1 minute
- Time at CP: 10:55 AM
- Measured height: 14 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: flat
- Vegetation: sugar cane
- Weather: sunny, 36° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Wet Boot Confluence
More pictures of the trip can found at mautz.net.
The story continues at confluence 17°S 144°E.