Distant Worlds 2 – Day 34 – Journey to Way Point 5
Reporting from Boewnst VK-L b41-21 Distance from Sol – 17590.37 lys Distance to Beagle Point – 49049.9 lys Distance travelled – 67668.2 lys Jumps – 1177
Well this week more terrestrial events have got in the way of a leisurely flight between POIs, at one point I thought I was going to have to go directly to WP5. Fortunately I have made a few early starts and manage to successfully make the scenic route.
The first point of call was Gagarin Gate, nestled in the Vostok-1 Nebula this planetary station marks the 5th WP on the way to Colonia for those travelling in that direction. This was one of the original stations built in the early days of the Colonia colonisation.
Having taken a rest, a repair and a restock I broke away from the the direct route and headed for this weeks PoI’s.
I really wasn’t quite prepared for Jo Ella’s Flares, leaping in to this system cause me a moment a pant wrenching panic as my arrival took me very close to the Black hole to then be confronted by 3 Pulsars. No amount of cleaning was going to make this cockpit anymore comfortable so with tail between my legs I moved on.
Next stop was the Crux due to the 3 pulsars which are tightly pack when lining up at the right angle demonstrates how the system got its name. This was a truly majestic sight and well worth the visit.
Leaving the sights of the Crux it was time for an ale in the nearest space station namely Caravanserai in Gandharvi, another station to be built since the colonisation of Colonia really not much more to say about this system.
It was about this time on my journey to WP5 that I started to reflect on how far we have come, this week marked a number of milestones for this trip. It marks my first 1000 jumps as well as travelling further than if I had taken a straight line route to Beagle Point. Overall it goes to show how much we miss when we dash between point to point and adds more admiration to the ones who travelled this way before.
The Amaethon Nebula was next up as well as the polonium fields, Planet 4E has the highest concentration of Polonium in the galaxy. This sort after metal is required for FSD injection and those with a smaller jump range should be mindful to stock up here while passing.
Next stop was the death spiral, this somewhat impossible system contains a very fast orbiting gas giant around a white dwarf. The Gas Giant sits well withing the White Dwarf’s Roche limit and really should have been destroyed. The orbit is only about 16 minutes so if you have time sit back and enjoy the celestial show……or you can watch the video below (All credit to the original author)
Michell’s Legacy was next, I unfortunately was unable to get a nice shot so have borrowed the image below, the system contains a mere 6 Black Holes..
I was nearing WP5 now and had the option of heading direct or turning away for a few more PoIs. Easy decision to make on this trip and off I went to first the Clockwork rings which I now note a new sport has been created by flying between the rings while in super cruise. Really not for the faint-hearted.
Then onto the Crayfish Nebula quite a distance above the Galactic Plane, though given this weeks time constraints I didn’t stay around long and it was off to view the Bullet Nebula.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only Commander to get this picture sitting by a nearby Earth Like World looking at the nebula as it makes its imagine trajectory across the galaxy.
With that I was 40 jumps from Polo Harbour this station is the nearest we will get to Colonia and after a brief rest and a repair I decided to head off to the Mug Club rendezvous. This has been the longest off route leg so far covering over 9000lys. Along the way I found a steady stream of Water worlds but I am still yet to discover an Earth like.
So here I sit with my trusty Anaconda watching the sunset with a coffee in hand waiting for the next WP to be released. The galaxy has so many secrets to be revealed and I’m glad I made the decision not to rush. We now turn towards the core which I feel for many is where this expedition really begins. I’m looking forward to finishing the CG we started at WP2 and to see the fruits of our labour with a new station.