Coordinator's note: Although the visitors reached the confluence point, the quality of the pictures submitted was too low to qualify as a successful visit.
06-Feb-2003 -- 6th of February at -25 Celsius degrees three brave confluence hunters began their journey to the first CP in Siberia. Our GPS navigators led us from Kurgan directly to the South.
Kurgan is an old enough Siberian town, its history began in 1633. It is situated on the lower bank of the river Tobol. Such location played once a trick: ten years ago floodwaters of Tobol washed away part of a tenement house with its inhabitants into the river waves.
After an hour of our journey along the road to Kurtamysh we turned to the Southeast, on the road to Kamyshi and half of an hour later we reached Tolstovereteno, the typical Siberian village.
At the village border we reached the dead end of our road. The way was blocked with a huge snow heap. Even a horse would not help us here. We were forced to leave our car and continue the path on own foot through the knee-deep snow.
The distance to CP was about 1 kilometer. The minute remainder took almost the same time as the preceding 70 km trip and certainly much more efforts. Finally we reached the point 55N 65E! To be sure, we checked it with all the equipment we had.
Two hours later we came back to Kurgan with the senses of tiredness and pride of the real confluence hunters.