02-Mar-2005 -- As our previous visit this day to 49°N 5°E was more or less by mistake the visit to 49°N 6°E was well intended and well prepared. Only about 15 cm (½ feet) of snow was not part of the plan. So much snow at this time of the year is extraordinary. The weather was beautiful, cold but with a very clear and very sunny sky. After a picnic in the snow at the viewpoint of Lac de Madine, we continued via small (white in the map) roads to Onville sur Mad and parked the car close to a railway viaduct. With proper shoes, warm coats and gloves we started walking through winter wonderland. See the purple track in the detailed map. Mark the density of the altitude contours in the centre of the map. In combination with the snow and the digging up of the path for a cable it was exhausting. But it was so beautiful, so quit, so silent.
The CP is just 5m off the road on the other side of a ditch filled with snow. The GPS position was taken from on top of my walking-stick at the edge of the ditch. The heading of the North, East, South and West photographs is a little bit offset counter clockwise. The images show again the beautiful weather and snowscape, what a difference with regard to the summertime visits.
Marked in red on the map the return path to the car passes the railway station, which is in the valley in the centre of the most right part of the image. The hollow road through the acres is completely filled with snow and therefore we were forced to walk through the fields. The same road is photographed by visitor #1, see this image for a much greener view.
As usual I was looking for plants. The left part of image [#10] is not what you think it is in the first sight. What you see on top of the snow are seeds of the wild climber (Clematis vitalba L.) which is depicted in the central part. The catkins of the hazelnut tree in the right part indicate it is almost springtime.
A memorable visit.
The report of this visit is dedicated to the memory of my wife and navigator Inge. Together we visited 18 confluence’s ranging from Sweden to the south of France. This visit to 49°N 6°E was the most beautiful but last one with her. Her trouble started about 10 months before this visit when she was operated upon a spot of skin-cancer. We knew it was an aggressive cancer but we were hopeful for the near future. We did not know she had less then two years to live.
She passed away November 2006.