Distant Worlds 2 – Day 20 – Journey to Way Point 3
Reporting from Pru Aescs NC-M d7-192 Distance from Sol – 9166.55lys Distance to Beagle Point – 56712.3lys Distance travelled – 32649.9lys Jumps – 551
So after an amazing week mining with the CG around WP 2 it was finally time to leave, there was much excitement as we waited for exploration command to release the next way point. So with 1900UTC upon us they were duly released. Our next destination would be the Conflux Abandoned Settlements in PRU AESCS NC-M D7-192.
Having plotted the coordinates of the first POI I blasted out of Omega Mining Station and headed straight for the Arkgamanon Mountain Range, along my plotted route I discovered a few systems containing water worlds though really nothing major to report. I had decided before leaving the bubble to fly between 300-1000ly above or below the galactic plane which is now paying dividends in systems which haven’t been discovered.
Having rested up in the shadow of the mountains I travelled to NG 6629, once I arrived in the system I navigated to the solitary gas giant to get a shot for the family album, the Wolf-Rayet star casting a beautiful light across the whole system made it a very calm system.
Checking the map I found that it was only a short jump to the next minor POI it was at this point I noticed that I had missed not one but two Minor POI’s so after spending some time and resting up for the night next to the Solid Mineral Spheres in NGC 6629 SECTOR SU-O B6-3 I needed to rethink the route I would be taking to our final meeting place.
So now with the realisation I had to return past the first POI I head back towards NGC 6565 which really should have been my first point of discovery. Fortunately this wasn’t to many jumps and with my minor navigation error corrected and a hollow reminder to look before I leap we headed off to the next minor POI
Arriving in IC4634 another Wolf-Rayet N class star this really did push me way up above the galactic plane, there were few stars here and plotting a route could have been a struggle in a lower range craft but my Anaconda had no issues. It had taken far longer to arrive here than I had expected as I kept finding HMC and water worlds to explore and scan.
It’s so easy to get distracted when so much remains uncovered.
Refreshed I plotted my course to Eagle Landing, I had passed through this system before on my way to Colonia so it was an easy run and a welcome break, taking my time to sell my exploration data and get some work completed on my ship it was nice to spend a night surrounded by other commanders.
Upon leaving Eagle landing it felt a little strange plotting a course which was taking me back towards the bubble to visit NGC 6741 This was a pretty nebula and well worth the effort to get there. The Wolf-Rayet is loosing outer layers which forms the nebula but we were now well on the way to WP 3 but it had been so quiet with little to break to constant leaping. A quite flight as an explorer leads to tiredness and often an accident.
Fortunately as I jumped into the next system I discovered some Stella Phenomena lucking in the rings of a gas giant. Having check the surrounding area for any lurking dangers I powered down to get some rest.
Waking after a decent number of hours rest I plotted a course to Eudaemon Anchorage station, it feels strange having so many places where a weary traveller can stop and repair and refuel. I remember my first trip to Colonia in my Python which could barely jump 35ly it was an all or nothing expedition with Jaques station being the only stop. It is a testament to our tenacity to have worked so hard and built a highway out here in the black.
Once rested, refuelled and repaired it was off to Quantum World this is the one of the smallest planets in the know galaxy, I decided not to try a landing and to press on to WP 3.
So I have now arrived at WP 3, to little fanfare other than a salute from the commanders on the ground, it was interesting exploring around this abandoned settlement again another example of earlier exploration and here we now wait while the rest of the expedition catch up, the survey teams look around the local systems of anything of note.
But for me I must reflect on the haste I previously left Omega, it really is time to slow down, to walk the path less trodden and see what wonders the next leg of our journey has to offer.