16-Mar-2001 -- My first experience with the Degree Confluence Project was the visit by my eldest son and me of the last free
DCP of the Netherlands: 52N6E between Velp and Rheden, 11-Feb-2001.
Today, 2001-03-16, I take a day off to de-stress myself by attempting to visit a DCP all alone.
The nearest unvisited DCP is the next-east one, 52N7E, which is in Germany, about 25 km across the Dutch-German
At 11 o'clock I leave my home south of Amsterdam by car, equipped with a GARMIN12 coupled to an old laptop loaded with
Fugawi moving map. The weather is grey, but there is no sign of the expected rain. A quick trip brings me via Arnhem,
passing our 52N6E DCP at about 4 km, to Doetinchem and Winterswijk. Reaching the border I load my laptop with the map I
prepared for the area of Ahaus/Vreden/Stadlohn.
Finding my way is very easy, the map fits very well, the roads are good and there is almost no traffic. At about 200 m
of the DCP I find a parking place and I continu by feet. A small path brings me into the forest, only the last 20m I have
to go OFF-ROAD to reach the DCP. So easy can it be.
Proofing by photograph is less easy. By bending over close to the receiver for a macro shot you disturb the satellite
signals which are already disturbed by the trees and gone are the nice zeros. I finally manage by using my telelens from a
Knowing that several german DCPs are marked by a statue I look around. Seeing and photographing nothing but trees I
compose a simple statue and take a birds-eye view photograph and also a worms-eye view photograph (perhaps the last view of
the worm if the bird has seen him).
Returning to my car I find it parked just behind the statue (Denkmal in German) I was looking for. It is placed west of
the Almsick road where the road makes a sharp turn from southbound to the east (click 'street' and zoom in twice).
Returning to the Netherlands I meet my other son for dinner and feel really de-stressed: mission completed.