(And if you do not feel like reading all this, you might watch this little video instead, basically conveying the same information. :)
So, first things first, let's take a look at the map where it is:
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If you zoom in on google maps, you might notice that the borders are not really matching the overlays.
|Uhh... nope... lines all messed up, the tripoint is where the green arrow is. |
Yes, I've checked it.
Normally I try to reach these points by public transportation, this time however, Leszek drove us from Krakow by car. He reserved a sleeping place in a small hut for hikers, where the border control also stops by for coffee.
The hostel is also at the shortest hiking path to the tripoint. Coming from the Slovakian side is harder technically, but possible. Naturally I would not even try to reach it from the Ukrainian side.
|Closest hostel located 2 hour walk north from the tripoint. http://www.rawki.pl|
And the border police parking, probably having coffee.
|First views of Ukraine to the left. The border between Poland and Ukraine is clearly visible as a line with a little kink. The remote hills at the horizon are partially Slovakia.|
|Leszek and first signs of the Polish-Ukrainian border at the end of the road.|
|Stay on the path, don't cross the railings.|
|I was surprised to see some of the border stones ... displaced...?|
|Stay on the paths, right. But when the path crosses the border, what can you do?|
And already after a few minutes, we could hear border guards coming on power bikes from the path going along the Polish-Slovakian border. The guards were Polish, and passed us first without stopping, continuing along the Polish-Ukrainian border where we came from. Some 5-10 minutes later they came back and stopped for a chat, asking Leszek, whether he has seen any foreigners. (Not sure why they did not count me as a foreigner.)
Friendly people, they let me take pictures of their quads. I didn't dare to ask whether I could also take pictures of them - after two weeks in Ukraine with Gilbére (some posts are coming up), I somehow became more reluctant in these matters, unfortunately.
Anyway, their power bikes were sponsored by Norwegian funds. Found that puzzling, after all it is a EU border, and Norway is not a member of the EU.
|The most eastern point of Slovakia!|
|Leszek doing genuine efforts for Polish-Slovakian friendship.|
|Polish-Slovakian border, facing in the direction of the tripoint which is some 30 meters ahead from here.|
And another path followed the Ukrainian-Slovakian border. Was really tempting to continue that direction.
|Ukraine - Slovakia|
Don't be fooled by the voidness. It got quite crowded at the end of the day, large groups of hikers (all ages) passed by. I am quite happy we left early from the hostel that day, so we could get those undisturbed photos of the tripoint.
Most astonishingly, I did not see any surveillance equipment anywhere, no cameras, no photocells, no infrared lamps. There were also no fences, nothing at all. However, the vegetation looked very dense on the Ukrainian side, not easy to walk off the paths.
And here is the aforementioned little video covering the trip, in its embedded version.
Not sure which tripoint I will do next, there still plenty of them. :-)