19-Feb-2013 -- This confluence visit is the ninth out of a series of 15 visits in Malaysia and Thailand. The previous confluence is 10°N 99°E. It is in turn part of a 4-months bicycle trip starting in Tasmania at 43°S 146°E.
In the morning of confluence day, I woke up at 4:30 AM in Cha-am (อำเภอชะอำ), a coastal tourist town located 30 km south of the confluence point. I took the coastal road northwards until I reached its minimal distance to the confluence and then headed inland for the remaining 4 km. On a village road with concrete-slabs, I got within 70 m, parked my bicycle there and began to chat with the cattle farmer. He invited me to help him with his work, but when I indeed agreed to put hands on, he drew back his offer.
The confluence point was actually on the neighbor's ground about 5 m from the boundary on a piece of short lawn with a couple sugar palms and piles of hay. In about 30 m distance, there is a house that existed already in 2010, but obviously not in 2002. The pond from 2002 is gone and a little hurdling had been built within the last three years.
After the visit I kept on cycling northwards and stayed the night in Ban Pong (บ้านโป่ง), 120 km from CP.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to an asphalt road: 1000 m
- Distance to a track: 70 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 70 m
- Time to reach CP from bicycle parking: 2 minutes
- Time at CP: 8:15 AM
- Measured height: 3 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 2 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: flat
- Vegetation: sugar palms, grass. There is a hedge at the boundary of the property.
- Weather: fine, 28° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Sugar Palm Confluence
More pictures of the trip can found at mautz.net.
The story continues is at 14°N 100°E.