07-Mar-2022 -- This is the 3rd out of 3 confluence visits during our trip to Tunisia. The story starts at 35°N 10°E and continues from 36°N 10°E.
Google maps navigation estimated that we would reach the third confluence point that day at 6 PM, which would be still before sunset. Therefore, we drove nonstop towards the confluence, until we indeed reached the confluence area at 6 PM.
We arrived on the main highway P50, but went too fast on it by crossing over the motorway, because Google suggested so. A look on OpenStreetMap revealed a direct approach on a track on the other side of the motorway. Therefore, we made a U-turn and parked at a compound of a farm. We were in a bit of haste, because of the nightfall threatening to make this visit incomplete. Therefore, Elionora stayed in the car, while I tried to quickly reach the confluence by running. But it tuned out not to be as convenient as expected: the track which was on the map didn’t exist in reality. I am not saying the map was wrong, may be the map was correct, but the reality was not. However, I found my way by zigzagging around the agricultural fields until I reached a bigger gravel track with a parallel irrigational channel following it.
In my haste, I decided to stay on the track and not to cross the channel. Mainly, because it was more convenient to keep running on the track. However, it turned out that the confluence was on the other side of the channel 80 m into a wheat field. The channel was hard to cross, 3m wide, filled with deep water and mud. In view of the progressed time and an impatient Elionora waiting for me while nightfall occurred, I decided to be pleased with my 80 m distance approach. Anyway, I didn’t see how it would have been possible to access the confluence exactly without tramping into the field with young wheat sprouts.
Running back to the car was simple: I just followed the gravel track until I reached the main highway and then followed the main highway until I was back to the car.
After the visit we ended our day in a homestay in Carthage. Before we flew back to Switzerland the following day, we visited the historic ruins as normal tourists.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to the main road: 1.5 km
- Distance to a track: 80 m
- Distance to parking: 1.7 m
- Time to reach the CP from the car: 15 minutes
- Time at the CP: 6:15 PM
- Measured height: not recorded
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 80 m
- Position accuracy: 5 m
- Topography: flat
- Vegetation: wheat field
- Weather: clear sky, 11° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Hasty Ditch Confluence
The story finishes here.