Dispatch of Bottle No. 60

Bottle 60

Bottle No. 60, photo: Cathryn Miller (click to enlarge)

I mentioned before that bottle No. 60 was about to make a big journey which this time began on a bike (a tandem bike to be precise), toured through England, and then continued by plane and finally made it to Saskatchewan, Canada. So this bottle already has made quite a journey until it was set afloat two days ago.


The map, and the flight estimate are drawn from google. As far as I know, Cathryn travelled longer than that, not being on a direct flight and all.

Since I forgot to make a photo before I gave Cathryn the bottle in Norwich at a Book Arts Fair, she made a picture for me which you can see on the top. About the dispatch, Cathryn wrote (slightly edited by me):

We went to the launch site by bicycle. The round trip took 1.5 hours of pedalling, most of it on the Trans-Canada Trail and the Meewasin Valley Trail along the river. Total distance: 28.47 km.


The place where we launched the bottle is frequented by dog walkers, but I managed to throw it when no dogs were watching or it would have come straight back! Launch location is marked on the attached map: approximate latitude 52º9¹14.61 N, longitude 106º37¹59.56 W.

mapThe river level is low with a slow current right now. Instead of the current carrying the bottle away from the shore and around the slight curve of land, which is what I expected, it pushed the bottle back towards the shore before rounding the curve. I assume that there was a sandbar (invisible) changing the normal flow pattern.

Hilke's Bottle Launch-6

photo: probably not Cathryn Miller, since she is in the photo 😉

I didn’t drop the bottle from the bridge in the picture for 2 reasons: 1) the bridge is really quite high and I was concerned that the bottle might hit the water surface in a bad way, and 2) the police have been warning people away from entering the river, even issuing tickets. The river, even at low flow (somewhat controlled by a dam farther upstream) is unpredictable, as are the sand bars that shape and shift with changing water flow.

Bottle No. 60 photo: Cathryn Miller

Bottle No. 60, afloat
photo: Cathryn Miller

Thanks for the help, Cathryn! Now I can cross off Canada and the South Saskatchewan River from my personal map of where my bottles were launched.

So, eigentlich sollte ich das jetzt alles nochmal nach Deutsch übersetzen. Vielleicht komme ich die nächsten Tage dazu, jetzt bin ich müde, und ganz schön hungrig (es ist fast 21 Uhr und die letzte richtige Mahlzeit war ein Sandwich um 11). Deshalb nur ganz kurz: Flasche Nummer 60 ist vorgestern in Canada abgeworfen worden. 🙂