21-Oct-2007 -- I was picking up a car from the Budget Rent-A-Car desk at Frankfurt International Airport to drive to Strasbourg to attend a conference there. It was a familiar drive for me and it could have been another routine two hour drive in the car. But then I suddenly realised with so many good roads in Europe, a confluence point might be within an easy reach somewhere along my driving route!
It turned out the confluence point of N49 E8 was only 10 km away from one of the fastest routes from Frankfurt to Strasbourg. This confluence point is in Alsace, France near the border with Germany. When entering France on highway A35 I passed by the unattended passport control booths and turned right to take the local route D3 going westward. This route lies along a small river dividing Germany and France. After about 11 km on D3, I started looking for a small road going southwest that would take me directly to the confluence point. It turned out that road was blocked for public access by car. I had to drive another four km to the town of Wissembourg, where I made a sharp left turn onto D263 and then, about 1.5 km afterwards, another left turn onto a small paved road leading to Schleithal-Lauterbourg. Two and a half km on that road, and I was within a 100 m to the confluence point!
The confluence point was within an easy reach from the paved road. Only 30 m away from the confluence point, there was a rest area with a wooden table and two benches - a convenient place for a little celebration!