15-Jul-2000 -- We are in Dijon, having arrived earlier this morning.
There is an airshow going on at the airport just south of town. Occasionally the
aircraft stray our way. We are told that this is an international show with participants
from Italy, Germany and others.
We are heading for North 47 E5, which is nearly due south of Dijon. The route
takes us down along Burgundy road. This is the only part of France to produce
Burgundy wine. Only about 8,000 acres to supply all of this country, and export to
the rest of the world.
We headed south out of Dijon on N74, towards Beaune and through
Nuits-St. George. North of Beaune we headed east and south on D 2 passing
through small, quaint villages, Moux, Longvay and Corberon. At Corberon a storm
found us and was raining rather heavily and hailing (pea-size). We are steering by
GPS trying to find a position due west of our target. With lightening, thunder, and
windshield wipers at full speed we proceeded -- slowly. Luckily there is very little
traffic out here except for three bicyclists. Chris stopped the car and offered the
bicyclists shelter in the car. But they laughed the rain off and declined our offer.
We have drifted to a point 500 meters due west of the target and the rain is
still pouring. We continued south a short way and found a field road heading
east. We turned off of D 2, and cautiously proceeded. We are in a rented
Renault SUV looking vehicle and are unsure of its capabilities in the rain and
on at best, an unimproved road. At a point 500 meters south of the target we
stop. As luck would have it there is a power line running north and south here.
There is also an access "path" running along side the power lines.
The storm is letting up so we waited several minutes then leaving Marylin to
guard the car and make any excuses needed; Chris and I set off. The fields on
either side of us contain wheat, and to the north and west is a large field of
sunflowers. As we approached a point just west of the confluence, we
spooked a deer that had been grazing in the wheat.
The service path brought us to a point 100 meters west of the target. The
target was in the wheat field. It is too muddy to walk into the field and I
suppose the owner would not be pleased that we trampled his wheat. We took
pictures of the confluence (N47E5ConfluenceAt100Meters.jpg), Chris
(N47E5Chris.jpg), looking north, south and west. Also one of the GPS display (N47E5GPSDisplay.jpg)
A beautiful part of France -- from wine vineyards to wheat and sunflowers
divided up by rolling tree-lined hills. But we aren’t finished for today -- it is off to
Switzerland -- well almost. On to N47 E6!