03-Mar-2019 -- This is the last out of four reports reaching confluence points during a bicycle trip from Lisbon to Madrid. The story starts at 40°N 8°W and continues from 40°N 6°W.
Indeed I managed to reach this confluence as the second one of this day before sunset. My route was somewhat suboptimal – following the gravelled service roads of the motorway A-5. Finally, I reached the town Velada, located 3 km south-east of the confluence point.
After cruising through the alleys of Velada, I continued on an unsealed track to the confluence. Again, the distance from the road is less then 100 m, i.e. 70 m and therefore officially sufficient to document the confluence from the track. But it was easy to crawl under the fence and walk across the meadow to the confluence. There was a second fence just 4 m from the confluence point, which I decided not to scale.
There is a huge cattle farm 100 m from the confluence point. I could see 100+ cows there – but the confluence was cow-free.
After the visit, I continued my trip further east and reached the town Malpico de Tajo. The next day I skipped the confluence 40°N 4°W which I had already visited 10 years ago. Therefore I managed to cycle to Madrid and also to catch my flight back to Zurich that day.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 2 km
- Distance to a track: 70 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 70 m
- Time to reach the CP from the main road: 3 minutes
- Time at the CP: 5:10 PM
- Measured height: 395 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 4 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: slightly hilly
- Vegetation: oak trees, grass.
- Weather: sunny, 22° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Cattle Farm Confluence
The story finishes here.