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Brazil : Minas Gerais

5.7 km (3.5 miles) ESE of Riacho dos Machados, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Approx. altitude: 875 m (2870 ft)
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Antipode: 16°N 137°E

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#2: view to west #3: View to north #4: looking to south 70 meters from confluence #5: a termite's house 10 meters far the confluence #6: The GPS #7: 30 meters from confluence #8: Serra da Gangora far 20 km from confluence #9: The wood oven (to produce coal from wood) and the gravel road far 1 km from confluence

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  16°S 43°W (visit #1)  

#1: The confluence place - near a field were cattle grazing but inside the shrubs

(visited by Lis Maria Rabaco / Endre De Gyalokay)

Portuguese

02-Jan-2004 --

We left Janauba and took the road to Porteirinha then the gravel road to Riacho dos Machados.

Before reach Riacho dos Machados we went till the base of Serra da Gangora looking for new hiking trails there. It was a beautiful sierra and we could reached his top by car if we went to Sao Jose.

Near 7 km of Riacho dos Machados we guessed this confluence was near a small hill, with some shrubs.

We tried to found the best road to reached this confluence, and this we crossed the intersection to Montes Claros and took this road.

After 3 km in this road we exit this road to left and took the road to Brejo Bravo(wild marsh) and others Farms.

We followed the gps signs and the road finished near a fence. We could followed the fence taking a spoiled road almost full of shrubs by car, but this shrubs have a lot of thorns and scraping the car.

So we followed this spoiled road by foot and reached another fence. Before this fence we found a spoiled foothpath (another spoiled road full of shrubs) and follow it. We reached a wood oven (a oven to make coal from wood). In this wood burner there was another road, right to the confluence. We follow it and reached a main road.

This road went to a open gate with another wood ovens (coal burners or wood burners). We kept on following this road and found another gate.

We were around 300 meters from confluence, and the gps was pointed to a openned field were some cattle was grazing.

We started walking up the hill and unfortunately the exactly point of confluence was near the shrubs.

We took some time to reach the zeros because the confluence was near some rocks and shrubs.

Portuguese

Por Endre de Gyalokay

Pernoitamos na próspera cidade de Janaúba. No dia 2 de janeiro de 2004 rumamos no asfalto para Porteirinha e depois numa estrada de terra, a MG 120, até Riacho dos Machados, MG, onde novamente se inicia o asfalto.

Navegando de GPS entramos numa estrada de terra à esquerda com o aparelho marcando o ponto a 10 km dali. Nova entrada à esquerda e pela estradinha fomos até a cerca de um sítio e seguindo esta cerca de jeep por mais uns 200m até não dar mais. Enveredamos a pé, por trilhas tomadas pela caatinga em regeneração numa área de extração de carvão.

Iniciamos a caminhada faltando 2 km do local da confluência. A cada passo o espinhedo tornava-se mais impenetrável rasgando a nossa roupa inadequada. Topamos com uma estradinha abandonada e mais adiante com outra por onde tinha passado uma bicicleta, e que por sorte seguia encurtando a distância para o ponto procurado.

A 300m do ponto, apareceu um descampado numa encosta atrás de uma cerca, e no meio desta clareira um resto de mata. O ponto almejado estava dentro desta mata espinhenta. A localização exata deste ponto nos deu mais trabalho do que os demais, por causa da proximidade de uma grande rocha e pela formação de um cumulus de chuva bem em acima de nós.

A coordenada 43W 16S estava muito errática, e ficar correndo atrás dos zeros naquele emaranhado foi desgastante. Acredito que com mais pesquisa se possa chegar a este ponto com menos esforço, partindo de outras estradas de fazenda cujas casas estão visíveis pelos arredores.


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#1: The confluence place - near a field were cattle grazing but inside the shrubs
#2: view to west
#3: View to north
#4: looking to south 70 meters from confluence
#5: a termite's house 10 meters far the confluence
#6: The GPS
#7: 30 meters from confluence
#8: Serra da Gangora far 20 km from confluence
#9: The wood oven (to produce coal from wood) and the gravel road far 1 km from confluence
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