28-Sep-2013 -- This confluence visit is the first out of 3 visits that I made during another cycling week-end in Austria’s Alpine mountains.
On Friday evening, I left Zurich at 10:40 PM by night train to Vienna. But I already got off the train in Wels (located in Austria’s state Upper Austria) at 5:40 AM. At the station, I first had the two breakfast rolls given to me on the train. Since this was surely not enough to satisfy a cyclist, I had another 3 rolls at the just opened bakery. Meanwhile the break of dawn had come and I set off for the confluence point that was 17 kilometer south as the crow flies.
Over little county roads I came as close as 200 m to the confluence. From there, I was able to walk between two fields to the confluence point. Due to high fog, the sky was greyish. Standing at the confluence, I was able to see a farm house in 200 m distance. The ionosphere seemed to be calm around these morning hours such that the GPS receiver estimated a positional accuracy of 3 m. At such brilliant conditions, there is no need for a confluence dance – the GPS pointer shows always to the right direction instead of fooling the point searcher.
I continued cycling eastwards. Thereby I crossed over several little mountain passes. A highlight was surely the historic town of Steyr.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to an asphalt road: 230 m
- Distance to a track: 36 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 36 m
- Time to reach CP from bicycle parking: 20 seconds
- Time at CP: 8:01 AM
- Measured height: 437 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: rolling hills.
- Vegetation: grass, clover, a corn field in 36 m distance.
- Weather: overcast, 10° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Greyish Morning Confluence
The story continues is at 48°N 15°E.