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France : Aquitaine

1.3 km (0.8 miles) E of Herré, Landes, Aquitaine, France
Approx. altitude: 149 m (488 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 44°S 180°

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the North #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: View to the West #6: GPS reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: In the town Gabarret #10: Cyclist near the Confluence

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  44°N 0° (visit #3)  

#1: The Confluence from 15 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

11-Apr-2016 -- This is the last out of four reports reaching confluence points in Southern France. The story starts at 43°N 0°EW and continues from 44°N 1°W.

In the morning of confluence day, my host family at the Chambre d'hôtes Chtipanier in Morcenx (80 km from the confluence) was so nice to prepare an early breakfast at 6:30 AM for me. With an early start I was hoping to make it to the confluence by bicycle and get back to Switzerland at the same day.

From the city of Mont-de-Marsan I followed a “voie verte du Marsan et de l’Armagnac”. The term “voie verte” is mostly used for a former railway line that has been converted into a trail for hikers and bikers with smooth gradients and curves as well as bridges crossing rivers and roads.

The confluence is located 2 km from the town Gabarret. I reached the town starving hungry, but was not able to find a shop or restaurant open due a public holiday. Finally, people directed me to a Super-U south of town where I got my stomach filled. Now I was ready to attack the confluence.

On asphalted minor roads I got as close as 360 m to the confluence point. And on a forest track I was able to reach 200 m distance. There I parked my bicycle and walked over a stubble field consisting of last year’s relicts of corn. The confluence was just at the border of the stubble field and a freshly ploughed field.

My way home was complicated: I first cycled further north-east up to the town Tonneins at the river Garonne, caught a train to Bordeaux. Cycled from the train station to the airport of Bordeaux (thereby experiencing a flat tyre which I had to ignore due to time constraints), took a flight to Genève and a train back to Zurich.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to a road: 360 m
  • Distance to a track: 200 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 200 m
  • Time to reach the CP from the road: 5 minutes
  • Time at the CP: 11:38 AM
  • Measured height: 155 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 3 m
  • Topography: flat
  • Vegetation: currently nothing besides some scattered blades of grass
  • Weather: sunny, 24° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Stubble Field Confluence

The story finishes here.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 15 m distance
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: View to the West
#6: GPS reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: In the town Gabarret
#10: Cyclist near the Confluence
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