07-Apr-2001 -- 52°N 12°E
For my third confluence point I mobilized my girl friend Gudrun and my
grandparents, both over 80 years old.
On one Saturday in April Gudrun and me met them in the town
Brandenburg and drove with their car 60 km to the remote village
Guetergleuck. The two were inspired and rejuvenated by the idea to be
able to participate in an American research project and to get famous on
Our journey took us over bad land roads, through the "flowering
landscapes" of East Germany, interrupted from small old villages. Soon
we got close to the point. We realized that it was near the road in the
proximity of an abandoned train station. The point was only 100m away,
but unfortunately it was situated behind the much traveled rail line
consisting of at least seven tracks.
So we decided to try it from the other side. We drove some km, had to
cross another rail line and found a muddy path in the correct direction.
But the way was completely inundated after the violent rainfalls of the
last days and had many road holes. The grandfather on the rear seat got
anxious about his car. He feared flat tires and saw us staying in the
"Pampa" overnight. Only now it became clear to the grandparents
their grandchild had put on old trousers with holes.
On this dirt road it was impossible to get close enough to the point. We
would have had to walk still 500 m over a freshly sown and muddy field
of the fertile Magdeburger Boerde. So we gave up on this side of the
rail tracks and went back again to the other side to the old station.
There the coordinates looked good enough: 52°00'03''N 12°00'00''E. So we
finally took the photos, however from the false side of the rail tracks
but only 90 m north from the CP.
We didn't dare to cross the tracks by foot with the ancient people the
more so as there was a lot of traffic and a sign "Railway facility.
Admission strictly prohibited!".
Text and photos from Andreas and Gudrun.