28-Apr-2006 -- This is the second visit out of an 11-confluence-hunt along the 50 degree latitude line. The trip starts at 50°N 13°E and
follows our previous hunt westwards along the 50 degree line.
After a successful visit of 50°N 13°E, we skipped the 50°N 14°E (near Beroun) because we had visited it already previously. We passed Prague and continued on the motorway until we reached Sadská. From there we took country road no.334 through the old city Kouřim.
Today's Kouřim is a small town, but it used to be a significant town of Bohemia in the Middle Age. Still today it looks like frozen in time decades and centuries ago, if there was no presence of cars.
After we had passed through the medieval town of Kouřim, we almost orbited the confluence point via Toušice, because we didn’t find the proper road while leaving Kouřim. The actual visit of the confluence was quick. We parked in 80m distance, documented the confluence and soon after went back to Kouřim. On our way back to the town, we had a great view on the gothic basilica of St. Stephen (which was built in 1260s by the Cistercian Order).
CP visit details:
- Time at the CP: 13:00 p.m.
- Driving time to get to the CP from home: 3 hours 20 minutes
- Driving distance: 212 km
- Distance of car parking: 90 m
- Distance to a track: 80 m
- Distance to a road: 80 m
- Distance to houses: 740 m
- Topography: flat
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0.24 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 4 m
- GPS height: 264 m
- Vegetation: field, grass
- Weather: partly cloudy, very windy, 12° C (felt temperature)
- Specialities: The Basilica of St. Stephen, which is almost visible from the point. There is a monument at the confluence consisting of two ugly metal sticks. To our reading, this monument was 7.3m south of the actual zero point.
- Description of the CP: In the Western part of the Czech Republic near the old town Kouřim. On a field quite near the county road to Svojšce.
- Given Name: The Gothic Basilica Confluence
Story continues at 50N 16E.