06-May-2005 -- This trip was our first ever confluence visit! Being keen observers of the Degree Confluence Project for almost 3 years now, the exploration of 39N 31E was our first chance to make a contribution to the project.
It was a cloudy May afternoon. We drove from İzmir to Ankara and made a planned stop at a small parking area close to the confluence point. This parking area is located between the towns Bayat and Gömü, both are within the province Afyon (5-6 km away from Bayat). There is a "mescit" (a small facility for prayer) and a drinking fountain sign, which pointed at an unpaved road. We drove down this road that brought us closer to our destination, and the road seemed to end at the drinking fountain, about 1.2 km away from our aim. As we were not sure whether the terrain beyond this point would permit passage to a compact-size city car, we thought it would be a good idea to leave the car at the fountain and to walk to the confluence point. So, we walked toward our destination point, while crossing through fields and a dried riverbed, and encountering a curious shepherd. It took us about 20 minutes to reach our goal. The weather barely allowed us to take photos and we rushed back to our car.
It turned out that we could have followed the nearby riverbed by car, which would have brought us at least 400-500 m closer to the destination. The team that found this confluence point before us probably used the riverbed to get closer to the destination. Nevertheless, the walk was nice and we enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the area.