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Belgium

1.2 km (0.7 miles) E of Wichelen, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Approx. altitude: 6 m (19 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 51°S 176°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: GPS - watch out for global warming #3: view north #4: view east #5: view south #6: view west #7: and the level crossing

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#1: the lonely horse with confluence in background

(visited by Christopher Anton)

15-Oct-2006 -- After the 4 hours drive from Cologne I thought I'd have plenty of time to do this confluence and pick my colleagues up in Brussels to deliver them to the airport but I wasn't counting on the shocking state of signage in Belgian villages. After several u-turns I found myself on the right road and drove through and almost out of Wichelen and parked about 130m away from the confluence. Crossing the railway line via a level crossing, I passed the previously noted horse but failed to notice that it had one eye. The confluence can be seen in the background if you continue a straight line from the horse's head along its back to the 2nd fence line in the distance. I followed the edge of the field boundaries to avoid tramping down anything planted. It was tricky to decide which field it would be, but eventually I homed in on the spot.

I decided that the actual spot would be just over the (barbed wire)fence line in the field of cows so the GPS is slightly out. The GPS showed that it was exactly on sea level and this part of Belgium seems to be as flat as the Fens in East Anglia. The views from the spot are North - the car is parked just behind the house with the dormer window, East, South, West.

The railway line was taken on the way back a much less busy line that the one earlier in the day in Cologne. So that completed my weekend, 3 confluences the day before all doable from the car and 2 today both doable from a train.


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#1: the lonely horse with confluence in background
#2: GPS - watch out for global warming
#3: view north
#4: view east
#5: view south
#6: view west
#7: and the level crossing
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