14-Jan-2001 -- Sunday 14 Janauary 2001 was a beautiful Scottish winter's day.
Two nights of hard frost had resulted in clear skys and crisp air. This
confluencing had only been planned for a week ever since I saw mention of
this project on Slashdot. There were supposed to be a few more people
involved, in the end it was just Kathy and me. 56N 4W is only about twenty
minutes by car from where we live.
Having located the area on the map we drove to the village of Banton.
After getting our bearings we followed the GPS which took us over a few fields to
the confluence point near Boiling Glen.
Although this area is used for sheep and cattle grazing there is evidence
of some sort of industrial activity, most likely coal mining.
The photgraphes show the area quite well. The sun was so strong that the
view to the south is not quite as clear as I would have liked. You can just
make out the outline of Tinto Hill near Biggar (about 50 miles away) on the
horizon just in from the left hand side.