the Degree Confluence Project

South Africa : Free State

20.2 km (12.5 miles) SSE of Hoopstad, Free State, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 1288 m (4225 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 28°N 154°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

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  28°S 26°E  

#1: West

(visited by Okker Jordaan and Johan van den Berg)

14-Dec-2002 -- Leaving from 27S 26E at 08:15 AM, far ahead of schedule, we drove via Wolmeransstad, Bloemhof and Hoopstad to the next point. The route took us over the scenic Bloemhof dam bridge and past the Sandveld nature reserve. We thought the antelope in the nature reserve to be in very good condition. Throughout the trip we noticed that the crops looked good and the ground was wet, the field grass was green and in general, all seemed to be upbeat. The roads were in good condition and again the progress was much faster than anticipated.

Driving on the road, the GPS direction indicator started, not unexpectedly, pointing left (east) very sharply. Low and behold, we found a little road leading; yes you’ve guessed it, strait to the farmer’s house. Before turning into the house yard, the farmer’s right-hand man came towards us in the farm "bakkie" (1 ton farm truck). The time was 10:00 AM. After explaining to him our mission for the day, he took the lead and took us into the crop fields on a little dust road. After about 1 km we decided that our sedan car would not negotiate the water puddle in front of us, we decided to walk. We set off on foot at 10:05 and reached the point at 10:10. After all the GPS had indicated only another 450 meters. After the nice sunny walk, we found ourselves in an open ploughed field locating 28S 26E.

Turning back to the car at 10:20, after taking the photographs, we could not believe how easy this had been, and even joked about finding a more "difficult" confluence next time. Driving back to our start point for the day, we had time to stop at a carwash, and still arrived 3 hours earlier than originally planned. Although an easy day’s work (fun), this is a memory that will not be forgotten.

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#2: North
#3: East
#4: South
#5: The GPS
#6: Us
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