the Degree Confluence Project

South Africa : Western Cape

10.3 km (6.4 miles) NNE of Heidelberg, Western Cape, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 463 m (1519 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 34°N 159°W

Accuracy: 1.1 km (1202 yd)
Quality: good

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#2: Looking away from Confluence 34°S 21°E #3: Mountain majesty #4: Rugged ravine #5: Up the mountain

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#1: Confluence 34°S 21°E up there 1.1 kilometres

(visited by David Guier and Iwona Wasilewska)

05-Sep-2001 -- On September 5, 2001, intrepid travelling companion Iwona Wasilewska developed a toothache after departing the South African city of George. If I had had any sense of decency I would have continued west in our rental along the paved smoothness of the highway N2 to the nearest dental facility. Instead, in the afternoon while Iwona slept I turned north at the town of Duivenhoks in search of Confluence 34°S 21°E.

We had already driven through the renowned Garden Route and the climate had become drier but no less spectacular. From N2 the GPS reported this Confluence 10.2 kilometres in a northeasterly fashion and I could make out in the distance a dirt road heading up the mountain in exactly that direction. On and on I pushed while Iwona slept fitfully, until I came to a bend in the dirt road leading away from the Confluence, according to the GPS. Now I was 1.2 kilometres from it.

Although it was getting late in the afternoon and the path to the Confluence – over a fence, down a steep ravine heavy with brush and up the other side - appeared to be rather demanding, after consulting with Iwona I decided to try to capture it. Off I went until I actually came to that ravine. The Confluence was now 1.1 kilometres away as the crow flies: down one side of the ravine and up the other would have added another three to four hundred meters, not to mention up to an hour to the trek. A quick calculation put me back at the rental car and in the arms of my intrepid but hurting travel companion around dusk. I knew my quest for this Confluence was now over.

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#1: Confluence 34°S 21°E up there 1.1 kilometres
#2: Looking away from Confluence 34°S 21°E
#3: Mountain majesty
#4: Rugged ravine
#5: Up the mountain
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