24-Mar-2001 -- After exploring another confluence (N49-E11) on Wednesday, my wife Kathryn and I headed down to Munich. The Germans write it "Munchen", with the funny dots over the "u". What a city! Wore out our feet out at the Deutches Museum. Then down to Fredrickshafen, the Zeppelin Museum, and hanging out on the shore of the Bootensee (hope I spelled it right), which is a huge lake big enough to require ferries across it to the border to Switzerland on the other shore.
On Saturday, it was time to head back to Frankfurt in order to catch the plane on Sunday. But on the way was this lonely confluence on the edge of the Black Forest at N48-E9. Time to whip out the GPS again.
We took the small roads toward the confluence. From almost 20 miles away, we just had the confluence waypoint on the display, and took the roads that appeared to head that way, without a real plan. Thats the best part of confluence hunting, exploring the countryside on the way there. You see things you never would otherwise.
One of the roads we took was a one lane paved road that actually went to a town. There was almost no traffic because most Germans use mass transit. Buses and trains. We passed a large house on one road that was out by itself (a rather unusual thing) which had a bus stop just for that one house.
At the town of Worndorf, we turned north along the road toward Buchheim. The road turned into swichbacks as it went down, then back out of a small valley. The confluence appeared to be inside a forest, like the last confluence had been. But we circled around the forest and found a road that went through a field at the edge of the trees.
The road into the field was paved for a bit, then gravel and finally dirt. But amazingly it took us to within rock throwing distance of confluence N48-E9. On a small knoll in the middle of a field. Another great thing about German confluence hunting, there are no fences. Anywhere.
Even though this was supposedly at the edge of the Black Forest, there were more fields than trees. But still, the view from this confluence was quite nice. Up the hill to the west you could see the town of Buchheim. Or, at least the church spire anyway. Toward the east, the view went on across green fields and forests for maybe 10 miles (What's that, 15 clicks?).
It was a fun confluence. And a great detour off the Autobahn toward Frankfurt.