the Degree Confluence Project

Germany : Nordrhein-Westfalen

2.9 km (1.8 miles) NW of Stadtlohn-Büren, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Approx. altitude: 73 m (239 ft)
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Antipode: 52°S 173°W

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#2: the evidence #3: left side = 10° right side = 300°

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  52°N 7°E (visit #1)  

#1: yes, trees

(visited by Dick Stada and Kees Stada)

10-Mar-2001 -- My second confluence (first: 51N 6E) and again I had to cross the border between Holland and Germany. A more or less imaginary border. No barriers or so.

This confluence happens to be not far from the city of Enschede. The place where my sister lives. A good occasion to visit her. My father, a former geodetic surveyor, got very interested in the project and joined me. Actually, he was the one who gave me a GPS when I visited Alaska some years ago. Weaponed with GPS, compass, map and good shoes in our car, we followed a friend who guided us with his car in the good direction during the first kilometers.

Despite of the bad, dark, rainy weather, the landscape was nice. little parts of wood, brooks, agricultural fields, farms and villages.

The last kilometers we followed our GPS. At the place where we had to leave our car we found a little parking. Just when we entered the wood, a curious farmer went along and did not ask for difficult explanations. Later on a second car stopped for a while.

The wood was full of black-berry bushes. My father was smart and went around it. After 100 meters we had to cross another road. Again we jumped over a ditch and eventually found the exact spot. Just between some trees in this dense and wet spruce, hazel and willow wood.

Part two was the picture shooting. Because of the density of the trees, our GPS had troubles to "stay in the same place". We made the pictures and even tried to make a panorama. The self-timer did not work well. I had to run several times from the camera to the spot.

one could imagine a more spectacular or picturesque place but that is life of a confluence hunter. That's all in the game. There were no signs of earlier visits.

On our way back home we saw some animal trails which were marked at the place where they cross the road. Many reflectors were put on the trees at both sides.

Back home we made a high five. However, with this confluence done, we have to travel much further for the next close one. Let's plan our holidays.

Dick Stada

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