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China : Hénán Shěng

3.7 km (2.3 miles) NW of Datun, Hénán, China
Approx. altitude: 53 m (173 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 36°S 65°W

Accuracy: 15 m (49 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View from confluence #3: GPS数据 #4: 交汇处留影纪念 / Taking pictures at CP #5: 回程的过程中,车胎被扎,还好,我距离修车点只有50米左右,保佑。/ Had a flat tire on return trip, God bless me,I was 50m from a repair shop.

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  36°N 115°E (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: 整点交汇处 / Confluence Point

(visited by Wong Bao)

English Narrative

16-Aug-2006 -- 早就想去猎点了。

于是早早的收集了距离鹤壁最近的一个没有被猎的点,准备妥当就出发了。

我一路从鹤壁到汤阴,又从汤阴去内黄,在内黄境内,根据GPS的显示不断的寻找36°N 115°E的整点交汇处。一路上一边走一边打听,因为再好的GPS也比上一个当地人。

终于在12:40左右,我来到了距离整点交汇处700M的地方,那个地方一片农田,四周到处都是玉米地,一人多高的玉米把前方的路封的水泄不通。难道要我穿越700多米的玉米地吗?

郁闷。

可是已经骑车骑了80多公里了,到了这里已经不能放弃了。于是我把车藏到了玉米地了,并记录下了车子所在的位置,因为四处都是玉米,我真怕找不到车。准备完毕,我开始穿越玉米地。很费力的走了一会,大概有20多米,突然前面出现了一条路。我一看,原来上面有路通过去,于是我转回头找到了车,继续沿着田间的小道朝目标进发。

一路上拐了几个弯,玉米地没有了,取而代之的是大片的红薯地,这下好了,最起码不用在密不透风的玉米地里穿行了。

于是,我手拿GPS,推着车按照机器的指示前进。

不一会,GPS滴滴滴的叫了起来,哈哈……我终于到了地球上的经纬度正点交汇处了。36°N 115°E

拍照、留证,一看表,已经下午快三点了,稍做调整踏上了归途。

心得一:再好的GPS,也比不上当地人的一张嘴。
心得二:天气炎热注意补水休息,我根据我的身体条件制定的计划是。90分钟骑行休息10分钟,中间补水。(渴了就能喝水的感觉真好,不像沙漠,汗……)
心得三:宁愿多骑10公里的公路,也不要为了超近道而走小路,影响速度不说还毁车。

English Narrative

16-Aug-2006 -- I have been hoping to hunt for a confluence point for quite a while.

Very early on I have selected an unvisted point closest to Hebi and set out for the hunt after some preparation. I made my way from Hebi to Tangyin and then to Neihuang. Once reached Neihuang, I tried to find the 36N 115E point using the GPS. I asked for directions along the way, knowing the local folks should know more than the GPS.

Finally at about 12:40, I reached the site about 700M away from the confluence point. That was a farmland filled with tall corns blocking my way forward. I wondered, “Do I have to go through 700 meters of dense corn field?”

Not a happy situation.

I could not give up here after riding a bike for over 80kms. I hided my bike in the cornfield and recorded the location where I stored it. I was afraid if the bike would be stolen. I started my trip in the cornfield and it was painfully slow. Than, suddenly a road appeared after 20 meters of struggle. I turned back to retrieve the bike and continue my way along the road toward my goal.

After some turnings, the cornfield ended in a vast potato field. As least I don’t have to fight my way through the dense cornfield.

I pushed my bike forward with GPS in hand to indicate the way.

Shortly, GPS beeped, wow, I am at 36N 115E confluence point.

Taking pictures and documented the proof. It was nearly 3pm, time to head back.

Tip 1: The best GPS cannot compete with local’s mouth (knowledge).
Tip 2: Refill water in hot weather. Plan made according to my physical condition was every 90 minutes riding with 10 mins break, drinking water amid break. (It feels so good to drink water whenever you are thirsty, unlike in the desert)
Tip 3: Would rather take 10kms on a good road than taking shortcuts since the speed will be lowered if the bike became damaged.

Coordinator's Note: Visit classified incomplete due to excessive logo and text on photos.


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#1: 整点交汇处 / Confluence Point
#2: View from confluence
#3: GPS数据
#4: 交汇处留影纪念 / Taking pictures at CP
#5: 回程的过程中,车胎被扎,还好,我距离修车点只有50米左右,保佑。/ Had a flat tire on return trip, God bless me,I was 50m from a repair shop.
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