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France : Lorraine

2.2 km (1.4 miles) SSE of Bayonville-sur-Mad, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France
Approx. altitude: 362 m (1187 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 49°S 174°W

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

#2: View East with the forest road #3: View South into the forest #4: View West into the forest #5: New GPS receiver: hard to get all zeros in the woods #6: Old GPS receiver: easier to get all zeros #7: Pagny and the Moselle valley

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  49°N 6°E (visit #5)  

#1: View North with the forest road

(visited by Florian Schindler)

03-Jun-2010 -- This point was my biggest concern. In my tight schedule I planed to pitch up my tent in Châlons-sur-Champagne this evening. But after I read the reports a round trip walk of about two hours will be likely and thus I have to hurry to find the camping site still open.

I programmed my car navigation system to the destination 49°N-06°E and took the route from 49°N-07°E via Morhange to Pont-à-Mousson, which is located at the river Moselle.

I did not check the final approach and to my surprise my car navigation led me to the Rue Gambetta in the village of Pagny. The navigation system wanted to guide me on gravel roads to the point, but the forest road was closed for motorized traffic. Thus I parked my car in the Rue Gambetta, with - according to the navigation system - 2.2 kilometres routed distance to the point and 1.38 kilometres beeline.

I put on my hiking boots and walked with a swift speed uphill on the gravel road. It was refreshing after such a long drive to get some exercise and enjoyed the marvellous view of Pagny and the Moselle valley. Few metres after I took this photo I turned north and reached the Confluence Point easily.

According to my measurement the exact point is located few metres off the forest road on a little knoll. The way back to my car was easy, because it was all downhill. One hour after I left my car I was back and relieved that this visit turned out so quickly and easily.

I have to add that I certainly brought the topographic map of Mr. Pouwels visit with me and also a Google printout. But both were useless, because I approached from the south.

On my way towards 49°N-05°E I passed the village Bayonville-sur-Mad, which is mentioned in Mr. Pouwels report and came to the conclusion that I really took the easier way.


 All pictures
#1: View North with the forest road
#2: View East with the forest road
#3: View South into the forest
#4: View West into the forest
#5: New GPS receiver: hard to get all zeros in the woods
#6: Old GPS receiver: easier to get all zeros
#7: Pagny and the Moselle valley
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