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Poland : Małopolskie

near Kraków-Rząka, Małopolskie, Poland
Approx. altitude: 233 m (764 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 50°S 160°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Farm buildings 200 m from the point #3: Stone marker, about 5 m from the correct position #4: Cathinka standing on the marker #5: GPS with great coverage underneath the autumn leaves #6: Our patient taxi driver #7: Track log shown in GoogleEarth. Notice the detour caused by road works!

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  50°N 20°E (visit #8) (secondary) 

#1: 360-degree panorama from the exact spot

(visited by Terje Mathisen and Cathinka Norløff-Mathisen)

25-Oct-2006 -- My daughter's 10th grade class at school was going on a week-long trip to Auschwitz, Birkenau and other WWII concentration camps, and I along with another parent volunteered to accompany them. Today we had a little free time in the morning, so Cathinka and I got into a taxi, and managed to explain to him that I wanted to go to an address close to the confluence. Trying to explain the DCP project to a polish taxi driver who had absolutely no English, German, French or Spanish was simply too hard, so we made do with a lot of pointing at the GPS and the road junctions to take.

When we got close to the point, where previous visitors had very helpfully provided coordinates for all the small road junctions, we were stopped by road works: The road we needed to follow was about to be resurfaced, and was now a one-way street, going against us. I realized that there had to be an alternate way to reach the houses in the area, so we directed the taxi to drive on towards the next junction, and then we followed small residential streets above the highway twice, before we got back onto the planned route, where we found the dirt road that leads underneath the highway and almost to the confluence itself.

After telling the taxi driver, using sign language, that we would be back soon, we walked the remaining 100+ meters to the little copse of trees that contains the confluence. Inside we found the stone marker, but it turned out that the stones are almost certainly in the wrong spot!

Several of the previous visitors have noted that it is hard to get good GPS coverage among the trees, but this time I had a Garmin 76CSx which uses the SirfSTAR III chipset. This gps chip has become well known for very good performance under adverse conditions, and so it proved here as well: I got a very solid lock, with a stable all-zero position that was almost 5 meters south of the stone marker.

We took all the required photos, then returned to our waiting taxi, and told him to drive us downtown, to the old royal castle where we met the rest of Cathinka's class.


 All pictures
#1: 360-degree panorama from the exact spot
#2: Farm buildings 200 m from the point
#3: Stone marker, about 5 m from the correct position
#4: Cathinka standing on the marker
#5: GPS with great coverage underneath the autumn leaves
#6: Our patient taxi driver
#7: Track log shown in GoogleEarth. Notice the detour caused by road works!
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