11-Feb-2001 -- Debra and I returned from South Africa disappointed that we had not had the
opportunity to hunt down a confluence during our two weeks in the sun. Nevertheless,
back in the frozen north we decided to inject a bit of excitement into our lives and on our
first weekend back headed east from Prague to find N50 E15.
The route took us in the direction of Kolin and Kutna Hora on national road 12 and
the confluence of N50 and E15 was exactly 42.1 km from our front door in the superb of
Holesovice in Prague. An easy Sunday afternoon drive.
The sun was out and it was a fine late winter’s afternoon -- the temperature was below
freezing, about -2°C. What we were heading for was the town of Kourim (the "R" in
the name has a "hacek" accent on it, which means that the name is pronounced
"Koor-zjim") in what I believe is called the Stredocesky (pronounced
Compared to our first confluence (N50 E14) finding
the confluence was relatively easy, and it was superbly accessible, namely about 200 metres
from the country road in a lightly ploughed field. With its light cover crop, it looked quite
easy to walk to the confluence, but on entering the field, we encountered some of the
most sticky clay imaginable! By the time we eventually found the confluence, our newly
acquired mud-platform-heels had added 10 centimetres to our height!!
Just a few metres from where we marked the confluence, was a yellow stake in the
ground -- obviously the official marker beacon for N50 E15. I believed my Garmin GPS-III,
and erected my tripod over the device which I had placed on the magical spot. I shot a
number of pictures there, including a 360 degree panorama that I stitched together with
I was getting really cold out in the field, so we headed back to the car where we spent
at least 20 minutes cleaning the mud from our boots before driving back to Kourin just a
couple of kilometres away. The village was founded in the year 1260 and the gothic
parish church in the latter half of the 13th century. The old town square was quiet and
beautiful, and I shot off a few dozen pictures. It is a place I would like to return to in the
future to document more thoroughly.
A pleasant day in the country, and an easy second confluence!
In picture #4, there is a difference of opinion! Mark Pautz at the yellow stake in the ground
marking the official position of N50 E15. The tripod on the left of the picture is rigged over the
spot shown to be the confluence on my GPS.