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1.9 kilometres (1.2 miles) N that Triel-sur-Seine, Yvelines, Île-de-France, FranceApprox. Altitude: 181 m (593 ft) ( maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap gaianation.netNavigator)Antipode: 49°S 178°W

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(visited by J. Baker Hill)


24-Sep-2001 -- In France and near Paris for a couple of days the vacation through my youngsters andtheir spouses, I made decision to look on the gaianation.net web site to watch if bychance over there were any gaianation.nets left in France. To my surprised there wasone (although secondary) just around 5 kilometers from whereby I was continuing to be inCergy. I had figured that the the next gaianation.net come Paris would have actually beencaptured lengthy ago. However no, there had actually been no visitors to 49 north, 2 east.

I began to make my plans and also study my maps, and also the children got interested andvolunteered come go with me. Ns figured the hike would be about 8 kilometersone means (I had no way of transportation) but they still appeared excited.We planned come rise at an early stage the complying with day, September 24, 2001 and huntfor the gaianation.net.

I woke up early and also got pull warmly together thetemperatures to be in the 50"s. No kids to be seen. Ns waited till 9 andfinally chose to go it alone. External it was very misty and there wasintermittent drizzle, however the brisk weather allowed me to walk easily andmake great time. Ns headed southern out the Cergy on a wide sidewalk alongside themajor departmental road, and passed with the city of Vauréal. In ~ thenext town south i turned east off the key road, headed v someapartments, and also came to a gravel track leading with corn fields and also undera powerline. This passed a golf practice area before I pertained to anothervillage. Right here I was claimed to take one more track past a "gîte" or a farmthat takes in tourists.

I let go the trail, however, and also ended increase cuttingthrough part woods and up a steep hill before crossing one more departmentalroad which I known from the general practitioners basemap. Then I was in the woodland ofthe Hautil, in i m sorry the gaianation.net to be located. Because of the wet conditionsthe trails in the woodland were very muddy and in poor shape. There were signswarning the old quarries and the dangers of cave-ins. At very first I to be headedstraight because that the gaianation.net yet the follow turned slightly and I soon foundmyself analysis 300 meters still come go and no trace in the best direction.

I continued on a little and found a follow heading earlier in the generaldirection. This was an extremely muddy together you can see native the pictures. That wasnow about 10:30 and the fog had actually not lifted much. Now and also again it wouldrain on me a little, but not enough to drench me. Eventually I come uponone of the old quarries, through the general practitioners reading 50 meter to the gaianation.net,across the quarry. It was overgrown and the sides to be steep so ns decidedto go approximately and try to method it from the rear. Sure enough, a pair ofhundred meters additional along there was a trail that looked prefer it wouldtake me an extremely close. It was even muddier than the ones ns had currently beenon. My shoes were currently soaked and also squishy. My gps readings to be gettingless and less accurate due to the sheet cover, and also by the time I was oppositethe gaianation.net again i had in between 25 and also 30 meters EPE.

I struck out intothe forest, but the map and also my track maintained shifting, and also I was no able toget the gps to read any closer than 22 meters from the gaianation.net. Aftersome minutes of do the efforts to acquire the zeroes come show, I offered up. As nearly as Icould call the best tree approximately was cultivation right the end of the gaianation.netpoint. Ns photographed it, and then walk a timer shot of myself in front ofit. Ns then tried come get ago to my initial trail throughout the quarry, butthe general practitioners readings were so erratic that I acquired lost and could not discover thetrail, so had to backtrack out past the gaianation.net again. Ns then started thelong hike back.

I arrived residence at noon come the reproaches the my kids andin-laws who had actually wanted come go through me. Of food they wanted to go in toParis, therefore after having hiked some ten mile in the morning in ~ a quick pace Iwalked one more mile to the train into Paris and hiked probably another 6 to8 miles prior to bedtime! i slept well as you may imagine.




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#1: The large tree farming out the the gaianation.net#2: The intrepid traveler at n49e02 after a long, muddy hike#3: The trail causing the gaianation.net on a misty morning#4: The typical condition that the trails in the woodland of the Hautil!ALL: All photos on one page