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Poland : Małopolskie

near Kraków-Rząka, Małopolskie, Poland
Approx. altitude: 233 m (764 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 50°S 160°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The dirt track leading to the confluence of N50 E020 close to the salt mines at Wieliczka in Poland. #3: Debra holding the GPS reading N50°00'00.0" E020°00'00.0" #4: Mark Pautz at the confluence. #5: A 150-degree panoramic view of the GPS on the confluence in the middle of a thicket.

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  50°N 20°E (visit #2) (secondary) 

#1: The GPS on the confluence of N50 E020

(visited by Mark Pautz and Debra Childs)

07-May-2001 -- I was glad I had not followed on my motorcycle as it had been raining for two days solid. A friend of Debra from South Africa had been visiting with us in Prague, and the three of us decided to spend the weekend in Krakow (Cracow), the Unesco World Heritage Site in the southeast of Poland. It had rained relentlessly, and sightseeing had become a little tedious.

It was Monday, May 7th, 2001 and with our enjoyment stifled by the damp, we decided to head south east of Krakow to the world famous salt mines at Wieliczka. We did a full underground tour of the mine, and it was well worth the time and effort - I would recommend it to anyone. Back at the car I suggested that we try to find the confluence of N50 E020 that was very close to where we were. The others agreed and I activated the waypoint on my GPS.

Within half an hour we had left the main roads, secondary roads and farm roads, and were doing some cross-country work on a rutted, unsurfaced track. It was still drizzling and large pools of water slowed our progress. Coming out of a dip, we turned left, past the entrance of a small-holding where we turned right. It was there that the road petered out, and we decided to walk the final 100 metres to the confluence.

The grass was long and wet and, as fate would have it, the confluence was in the middle of a small thicket close to where road workers were constructing a new highway. The top cover made it difficult for the Garmin to pinpoint the confluence, and Debs and I were soon soaked to the skin as we patiently walked a grid pattern through the moisture laden grass, bushes and trees. At 13h44 our persistence paid off, and the GPS logged into N50 E020.

I had conquered my fifth confluence!

MARK PAUTZ


 All pictures
#1: The GPS on the confluence of N50 E020
#2: The dirt track leading to the confluence of N50 E020 close to the salt mines at Wieliczka in Poland.
#3: Debra holding the GPS reading N50°00'00.0" E020°00'00.0"
#4: Mark Pautz at the confluence.
#5: A 150-degree panoramic view of the GPS on the confluence in the middle of a thicket.
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