04-May-2007 -- 利用五一长假自驾山西游，出发前在家已查询到一些未探寻过的GPS汇交点。其中就包括N36E112这点，它位于临汾东40KM南10KM。早晨出发前先去临汾市内的尧庙浏览了一番，然后就向东直奔这点
The May holiday was spent for a driving trip to the point N36E112. Before setting out, I searched several unhunted confluence points. N36E112 was among the points and is located 40km east and 10km south of Linfen. I visited the Yao temple which is inside Linfen city before heading east to N36E112.
There were blacktop roads all along the way. We made our way forward just according to the approximate direction and got to Fushan county at about 10 in the morning. Believing the point was on the way to Zhaituoda county and we were then over 10 kms away from there. We went directly from the gas station to the point after filling up our car. After a short while, GPS reported that there’s still 7 or 8 kms to that point to our left, hence going along a forked road and entered a tranquil village with no roads further ahead. We took a break and had some food. The local folks told us that the village was called Xingma. GPS indicated that N36E112 was basically in the northeast direction with the linear distance of about 6 km. Villagers advised there’s a mud road direct to that point.
We went back to that fork, and followed a rugged narrow mud road reaching to the confluence point very quickly. When driving near a steep slope, Lao Li got off the car to direct the car to reverse and all of a sudden found our car was leaking gas. We didn’t dare to start up the car for fear of a fire and we didn’t know what to do next. The only thing we could do was to get the gas out of the car and store in a safe manner till the gas tank was mended. A mineral water bottle with the cap off was used to hold the gas. Until we filled up 6 bottles, we considered to try alternatively with pumps. We took the risk to do this with a electric pump and it turned out to be ok and this was much faster than with the water bottle. To our surprise and joy, the gas tank stopped leaking after taking about 20 iters gas out of it. We managed to start up the car without any problem. Lao Li found a big hidden trouble after a thorough examination that the gas pipe which connected the electric pump and carburetor wasn’t turned tightly and was leaking gas to the engine. Thanks to Lao Li or we would have had deadly trouble if the engines lit the gas. We took photos hurriedly and made our way back.
Although this hunt failed upon reaching the confluence point, we still felt happy since we had a successful retreat, which is a victory for us. That was again an unusual hunting experience. Every hunting has its unique happening and unexpected difficulty which I guess is the story the confluence point brings for the world. It is also the joy every time I’m going to explore and to conquer, the true meaning to hunt a GPS confluence point.