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Burkina Faso

5.8 km (3.6 miles) ESE of Tapélara, Boucle du Mouhoun, Burk. Faso
Approx. altitude: 281 m (921 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 12°S 177°E

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: East... the truck would be to the left side, out of view #3: South... can you tell it is over 40 celcius? #4: Looking west. #5: Here's proof! #6: The 4 adventurers.

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  12°N 3°W (visit #1)  

#1: North of the point

(visited by David Wood, Debbie Cook, Karen Skadden and Tamara Wood)

03-Mar-2006 -- For 3 weeks, we (David & Tami Wood) had been hosting some dear friends, Debbie Cook and Karen Skadden, from Mississippi, USA. On our way to the airport, from Bobo Dioulasso to Ouagadougou, the four of us decided to spend the night in Boromo, hoping to do two fun things. One was to see elephants and the other was to visit this confluence point. We were only partially successful - the elephants were a no-show. However, the visit to the confluence point was a simple matter and a fun adventure.

Early on the morning of March 3, 2006, we left Boromo, driving northnest on the R29 as far as Ouri. From the map, we knew there should have been a road from Ouri heading northeast towards Mou, which would take us near the point. It took several attempts to find the Mou road, as it was more of a path initially, but eventually became a very nice dirt road. We drove down it until we were within 1.4 km due south of the point. However, we decided to keep driving hoping that we could find a "bush-foot path" which might take us a bit closer. As we passed 2 km to the Southeast of the point, there was a perfect path which cut off in the right direction. We took off down it and drove to 380 meters from the point where the trail ended and we were forced to park in the middle of a fallow field.

Just a few minutes later, we were standing in the middle of a harvested cotton patch looking down at the GPS which indicated we had arrived!


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#1: North of the point
#2: East... the truck would be to the left side, out of view
#3: South... can you tell it is over 40 celcius?
#4: Looking west.
#5: Here's proof!
#6: The 4 adventurers.
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