02-Oct-2003 -- 二OO三年十月二日
7:00 a.m.-- 十月二日早霞染红了天，七点骑摩托上路。好事多磨，刚出门骑过蓟门桥后胎就滞气了，好不容易花了一个多小时在路边的自行车摊补好了。走八达岭高速辅路经昌平环岛，在通向长陵的公路上汽车排起了长队，我的摩托车只能与自行车一起在车缝中穿行，一直到了长陵拐入１０２国道。
5:10 p.m.-- 当我绕过最后一个距汇交点最近的烽火台时，ＧＰＳ显示汇交点就在距此偏西北７００多米的距离了。我兴奋地冲下山直奔它，山坡上农民正在收获土豆，我已顾不上和他们打招呼，手持ＧＰＳ直奔那点，ＧＰＳ也迅速显示距该点从２００，１００，７０，２０，到最后竟然闪过精度不到１米，我成功了。
I learned incidentally about the Confluence Project not long ago before the National Day, China has approximately 977 confluences, only 1/10 had been visited, most confluences in north of China are unvisited. This project attracts me fully.
The National Day holidays provided an opportunity to make my first hunt for the confluence N 41 E 116 possible. The confluence was 6 km away from the national highway G112 between ChiCheng and FengNing counter.
7:00 a.m.--Unfortunately, I left home at 7:00 AM and wasn’t able to get out of town one hour, mending my motorcycle tyre had cost me one and half hour. There was much traffic during the National Day holidays. At the Ming Tombs hilly area, I turned to the scenic main Highway G102 to YongNing town. I got at BaiHeBao reservoir dam 110 km SE of the confluence at noon and had some refreshment for hungriness.
12:30 p.m.--Leaving BaiHeBao Reservoir I turned on to highway G112 at JiangJiaBao, at the LongMenSuo, where is about North of 41N116E 9 km directly, turn on right East directly. I asked locals and didn’t get satisfying answers. So I turned on to a bumpy macadam village path on the spot, which is nearest spot to the confluence by GPS.
2:40 p.m.--The rough path was very difficulty to drive on. On the way, I met an 74 years old man, like all of Northern Chinese countryside people, he had good health. He asked me who I was looking for, I said I was just look around. I was told at the end of this 3 km long path even no more path leading to the confluence but a small village, named ShaGou, like in some of mountainous area of Northern China many family had changed their dwelling house. I thought I should try my best to get to the confluence as near as possible.
3:00 p.m.-- At the ShaGou, I ride my motorcycle to a sunflower field till unable to continue. I just took a bottle of water with me and hasty rushed toward hill in the north. Here is 3.8 km away from the confluence and altitude 1100 m .
3:15 p.m.-- The sunflower field is stretch to the foot of the hill, the height of hill is about 150 m relative. On the hillside I met a sheepherder, He was also surprise to see me and seemed understand my goal after explanation, he come with me up to the hilltop, I look forward to the North, there were no village but mountains and the Great Wall. This section of Great Wall was built in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), with watchtowers snaking along the mountain ridges, looks spectacular, the collapsed wall along the ridge of mountains, locals call it: BianQiang (border wall). The sheepherder showed me two ways: one is along the Great Wall on the ridges, another is down the hill along the gully path. I opted the first one, although it had to up and down hill more, but I thought it had more significance, I hope the confluence just at the Great Wall so that it can show the Great Wall’s fascination again.
3:40 p.m.-- scramble up and down at macadam along the Great Wall on the ridge was very difficult. Too hard to climbing up some of collapsed watchtowers, so I only went on hillside where overgrow fruticose transervesly. Hard climbing made me streaming with sweat, I put off weatherproof jacket and left it at the Great Wall, the spot is 1.4 km from the confluence, this was a mistake that made me stay at hill whole long night lonely.
5:10 p.m.-- When I bypass the last watchtower which is 700m from the confluence, I excitement rush down the hill, holding the GPS, and headed out to the spot, I was too busy to say hello to the local rustics who were ingathering potatoes on the hillside, following the GPS pointer from 200, 100, 70,20, at the spot even showed within 1 m, I succeed hunting my first confluence.
I took the photo in hurry, sun has set down, and looking North from the confluence there is a watchtower in view. I was amazed there is a small village West from the confluence within 300m and a villager driven a carriage pass the confluence to loading potatoes, I asked the villager whether I could reach to the main highway along this route, he said: yes. At that time, I felt I were a fool spent 3 hours scrambling on ridge to the confluence where you can drive off the highway within half hour directly.
Now I was in a dilemma, if I didn’t leave my motorcycle key and my jacket on the ridge, that night I would stay in that small village instead of staying in the hill. I had only to find my jacket, I didn’t think over how to do after find my jacket and was just aware I had no more time, and drank scanty a half bottle of water off.
5:30 p.m.--I hardly remembered where my cloth was, I just put my cloth on Great Wall. It was not easy for me to retrace back, my only safe choice was along the Great Wall, scramble each watchtowers on the hill, this route spent me more time and physical power, when I found my jacket, at that time I was not considered climbing in dark night would take too many risks, I continue went on.
7:00 p.m.-- Ｗhen it is near 7:00 pm, I thought no hope down the hill before dark and if I were down to the valley I could discerned the path even if in the dark. So I searched the route down to the hill, but it was getting dark too quickly than I expected. I could see nothing but profile of mountain, after I fell down several times, I decided it was too risky to continue. Everywhere was darkness, even the ridge was hard to be recognize. I was simply thirsty and starving.
6:00 a.m--The next morning, I exhausted spent nearly 2 hours to climb back to the place I parked my motorcycle. I arrived back in Beijing about 3 PM. This was my first hunting for the confluence experience, it make me feeling surprise and exciting, and bring me a lot of enjoy.
Time: 5:10 PM
Elevation: 1209 m
Accuracy: 2 m