09-May-2002 -- During our vacation in Ghana, my son and I were looking forward to an opportunity to find another confluence point. It came.
As we left Accra, the capital city of Ghana, for the Akosomba Dam region, which lies northeast of Accra, we noticed that one of several routes we could take to the dam would pass by the confluence point 6N 0 (in the vicinity of Akropong). So after about an hour’s drive on a paved road, we crossed 6 degrees latitude. At this time we found ourselves about ¾ of a mile (1.2 km) east of 0 west. We drove back and forth several times on the paved road looking for a possible foot path or something we could travel on by truck so we could get closer to the confluence point. Our first attempt ended up in someone’s front yard. After a couple more tries, we found a muddied path that angled somewhat toward the direction we wished to go. Taking this path we continued on for about ⅓ of a mile (500 m) until it ended in someone’s cornfield. It was now time to walk.
As the whole family was in the truck, we decided that we’d all attempt to find this confluence point together. This plan went well for about 50 yards. It was here that my youngest daughter found out that she did not wish to trample through tall grass nor walk in muddy areas to get to some dot on a map. Thus mom and our youngest daughter returned to the truck to wait for the rest of us.
David, Rebecca and I continued on. After wandering around a bit looking for an opening that would lead us toward the confluence point, we found a footpath that led us to within 50 yards of 6N 0. It seems that this path led up into the hills toward a village that is located north of this confluence point.
During our trek towards 6N 0 we passed a group of people going in the other direction with sacks of corn on their heads. It struck me in a funny way that though these people pass within yards of this confluence point each day as they go to and from their village, they have not the slightest idea that 6N 0 exists there in their backyard.