05-May-2001 -- I've visited this confluence on May-05-2001, 8:45 pm,
after I've read an article in the magazine "STERN" about
this hunting for intresting points with a map, compass
and/or GPS: "Die Jäger der unsichtbaren Punkte".
My hobby for a long, long time is "map and compass",
since x-mas 2000 a Garmin etrex is my best friend ;-) .
After reading this article my next step was looking for
confluences near my hometown Hameln (hometown of
the Pied Piper legend!).
In my street-atlas I found a small town, Wendlinghausen
near by Detmold, where I'll find the confluence 52N/009E.
This town is just 40 minutes away by car.
I look on website and nobody visited this confluence
before. Hurry up, I said to myself, it's the best
chance to go. 35 minutes later I stood in a little
village, called Hagen Donop, between Barntrup and
Lemgo, 356 metres away from my first confluence.
This last meters, without shoes for hiking, across
country, through a little forest, over fence made of
barbed wire, across a field, full of cow dung - all I
wanted to tolerate. Now, only 100 meters to go, I saw a
free field with only 1 mistake: a big hole/slope
(40x80 metres), full with thornbushes and shrubbery,
little trees, a little bit mud - upon my(!) confluence !?
Puuh..., I've luck! 10 meters behind this hindrance my
GPS show the coordinates I yearn for: N 52 00,000´ /
E 009 00,000´ !
The look from this point isn't very interesting but a
little bit nice in the evening-sun and very nice if
you have reached the goal (I hope firstly).
But, what said an old philosopher or somebody who thinks
"Not the destination is the great fortune but the way
towards you will find it!"