25-Jan-2015 -- This is the 4th out of 6 reports, describing confluence visits in Bosnia/Herzegovina, Croatia and Hungary. The story starts at 45°N 16°E.
Coming from 45°N 18°E, I had spent the night in the Croatian city Osijek. I wasn't sure whether I should visit this confluence or not, because it lies quite far from Ljubljana where I had to drop off my car early the next morning.
Probably due to the difficulty faced at the visit from the previous report in 2001, the confluence had never been revisited. This encouraged me to uncover the mystery of that point and so I went for it.
I arrived at the village Dávod 6 km west of the confluence and tried to approach the point on agricultural tracks from there. But as soon as I left the village, my intended track became impassable with my car due to the deep mud. Then I followed option number two, namely driving through the village Csátalja and approach the point from the North. A perfect asphalt highway led to a distance of 2.7 km, but ended there at a gate. The guard told me that a petroleum company is behind the gate. On my request to pass through, he phoned with some authorities, but I was turned down. When I asked the guard whether I could walk around the plot, the guard was not happy with this. He said that there are dangerous dogs and anyway at this rainy day it is impossible to get through the mud. I understood and returned to Csátalja. What to do now? I tried one more time a track between Csátalja and Dávod but soon realized that I had in fact to walk 5 km beeline which means 7.5 km on tracks which makes 15 muddy kilometres hiking through the deep mud. Above all I would have to pass by the petroleum company again. So I called it quits.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 980 m (inside the area of the company)
- Distance to a track: 0 m
- Distance of car parking: 2700 m
- Time at the nearest point to the CP: 8:00 AM
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 2700 m
- Topography: slight inclination, hilly
- Vegetation: agricultural fields
- Weather: light rain, 0° C (measured temperature)
- Given Name: The Mystic Petroleum Confluence
The story continues at 46°N 18°E.