04-Dec-2004 -- Now being back from my visit, I was surprised to see so many previous visits. This gave me an opportunity to look at the whole time series and see the change of the crops. In previous years the preferred crop was wheat, now it is radish. 9 of the previous visits were done by car, one by motor-bike and one by train and hitch-hiking.
I tried a new method to access the point by riding my bicycle from London to the CP. It was a cloudy day with temperatures around 5 Celsius. I started at 7 o’clock and reached the point at 11:30, having paddled 73 km.
What I disaster! While trying to take the pictures, the usual procedure took an unexpected course. The display just let me know that ‘your battery it too low’ and turned itself off. A CP visit without pictures was pointless. On the top of everything, I needed a special battery-charger with special batteries. So there was no way I could get the camera back to power again!
I realized that I hadn’t eaten since I left London. I cycled to the town Royston and got a good portion of Indian food. I was so smart to take off the battery in hope that it might recover.
Being back to the CP at 1:30 p.m., I was exited to see that the camera would work again. It let me take the four directional pictures, before resigning again. Again, I took the battery out for a while and was able to take some more pictures. I apologize for the bad quality of the GPS-display-picture, but I had to be quick in order to get some pictures at all.
I did not step into the crops. Anyway, 65m was close enough. On my way back I was able to take a picture of a farmer in Barkway. After all, this it the first evidence of local people out of all previous 11 visits.
Riding back to London was not a real pleasure. I not only got caught in darkness but also in London’s Saturday evening traffic. I got home at 7:30 p.m. after a having cycled 167 km.
CP visit details:
Time at the CP: 13:30 p.m.
Duration: 12h 30min (until I was back home)
Distance of bike parking: 65m
Description: In a large field with winter radish. Slightly hilly area with some hedges and trees lined next to the fields. The village Barkway is 850 m away.
Given Name: The Low Battery Confluence