30-Apr-2006 -- This is the last visit of an 11-confluence-hunt along the 50-degree latitude line. The trip starts at 50°N 13°E and
follows our previous hunt westward along the 50 degree line.
After a successful visit of 50°N 23°E in Poland, we continued our trip eastwards on the road no. 4 to the Ukrainian border. Unfortunately, there were some delays at the border crossing, so that our original plans to make this confluence visit the 6th on a single day had to be cancelled. After waiting 3 hours at the border, it was already dark when we entered the Ukraine. We spent the night in the historic city L'viv, which is the capital city of the L'vivs'ka Oblast' (province) and one of the main cultural centres of Ukraine. It has 830,000 inhabitants and the historic city centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city is just now going to celebrate its 750th anniversary in May 2006.
In the early morning the next day, we started off to the confluence. The beeline distance from our hotel in the city centre of L'viv to the confluence was 17 km. But we first went on the wrong road towards Bryukhovichi which made the distance on the odometer to be twice as long. Finally we got on the main road M09 and turned off at the village Kulykov. From there, we drove another 4 km on a bumpy road to the village Mervychi. While the village gave us a more or less poor impression, the majestic church located in the centre of a hill was quite impressive (picture #7). Note that to the nearby bell tower a roof has been added since last year's visit.
Following the road 1 km further west, the distance from the road to the CP became as short as 250 m. From there, we easily reached the confluence point, which is located downhill in the middle of several patches of fields.
After having documented this confluence we went back to L'viv to see the historic sites of the city. My proposal to visit some not yet visited confluences further East was turned down by Elionora. Although these 'new' confluences were now within easy reach, a visit to these points would have meant to miss the wonderful sights of L'viv. Two days of intense confluencing was enough – now the more relaxed part of the trip had come. We spend the rest of the beautiful spring day in L'viv.
On our way back to Germany we didn't visit confluences; it was a rather long and rainy drive through Hungaria and Austria.
CP visit details:
- Time at the CP: 9:02 a.m.
- Driving time to get to the CP: 1 hour (from L'viv)
- Driving distance: 33 km from L'viv, 139 km from 50°N 23°E
- Distance of car parking: 242 m
- Distance to a track: 242 m
- Distance to a road: 242 m
- Distance to houses: 1 km
- Topography: slightly hilly, on a slight slope
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0.72 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 4 m
- GPS height: 263 m
- Vegetation: grassland
- Weather: partly cloudy and windy, 15° C (felt temperature)
- Specialities: The nearby historic city of L'viv. The church in Mervychi, which can be seen directly from the confluence.
- Description of the CP: In the Western Ukraine 17 km north of L'viv. Located between several little patches of different fields. Grass and fallow land.
- Given Name: The L'viv and Mervychi Confluence