25-Oct-2015 -- This is the first out of 2 reports reaching confluence points in Northern Germany over a weekend.
Friday evening at 8:40 PM I took the overnight train from Zurich to Hamburg arriving there at 8:12 AM. Directly after my arrival in Hamburg, I began cycling towards this confluence point. I tried to cycle along the Elbe River, which worked fine for the first 30 km. But then I couldn’t cross several water channels because the ferries weren’t running. The season ended on 30 September and after that everything closes down. One missing ferry caused me a deviation of 20 km additional cycling. It took me 8 hours to cycle to the confluence point, which is located near the village Trennewurtherneuendeich.
The confluence point is located in a field with young sprouts of winter grains. Therefore I was not able to access the zero location without destroying crops. The neighbouring field to the east had been growing cabbage that has recently been harvested. There are several wind turbines around the confluence – which has become a common scene.
Right after the visit, I headed eastwards and stayed in a nice country-hotel near Itzehoe.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to the road: 310 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 300 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 5 min
- Time at the CP: 4:35 PM
- Measured height: 1 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 31 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: absolutely flat
- Vegetation: young winter grain sprouts, nearby cabbage field
- Weather: partly cloudy, 8° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Elbe Deviation Confluence
The story continues at 54°N 10°E.