19-May-2004 -- Because of a serious confluenza infection of Harald and Nicola, there was no need to persuade them to visit 41N 27E. We started in the morning from Istanbul going in the direction of the Greek border. Our expedition car, a Honda Prelude roadster, was well proofed on Turkish roads already, but a new engine damage reduced the fun of speeding tremendously. A general problem in Turkey is the lack of precise maps. With the help of the internet map we could manage to come quite near to the Karademir lake close to Malkara, but then we had to follow the GPS signal leading us zigzag through the fields on very small roads.
The roadster does not have a lot of space between ground and engine, so we were always in fear of spoiling the car totally by one of our many ground contacts. We reached the confluence point by 500 meters. Because of the engine damage, we parked the car on the slope of a hill, giving us the necessary potential energy to restart it. Walking down the hill, we followed the GPS signal along a field. The last 120 m we had to cross the field, taking care not to smash a single crop!
At double five O, we had a little confluence party with chocolate cake and water. After taking the pictures we went back to the car, which started luckily at once. So we could go for our next aim: 42N 27E.