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Belgium

1.2 km (0.7 miles) E of Zichem, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
Approx. altitude: 17 m (55 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 51°S 175°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: East #3: South #4: West #5: GPS #6: 4E in darkness!!

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  51°N 5°E (visit #5) (secondary) 

#1: North

(visited by David Coombs)

29-Jun-2005 -- The day started a long way east at 51N 14E and this was to be the last official point.

5E has been well described by previous visitors. I followed the advice of Terje Mathisen and set off from opposite Bredeveldstraat. The point is very easy from here – turn right at the end of the track (going right of the fenced area) and follow a rough track to the field. All very wet but very simple.

It was now 10pm - “sunset” - and my chances of making an 11th CP in daylight had gone – especially as the sky was still heavily overcast.So 10 points for the day and with the recce trip 12 points in a row in 3 days. Not too bad. Despite this I was on autopilot and was determined to go there!

I had difficulty with buying petrol as I did not understand the self-service pumps. With the help of a kind local I paid 50 Euro for fuel from a diesel pump! Not much use for my petrol engine. I still have the refund form and hope that I will be reimbursed. A further 20Euro bought me petrol and I was on the way again.

The last photo shows the GPS at the 4 E but in darkness at 11.30pm! Why bother! Since my visit 2 days before the hay had been cleared and liquid manure spread on the grass field. After a good night’s sleep I resumed my journey from Scotland to Kosovo!!

Coordinator's Note: I would like to add that the Degree Confluence Project is *not* a competition and while I understand the reasons behind trips such as this one I would caution against driving for 18 hours without rest stops or someone to share the driving with.


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#6: 4E in darkness!!
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