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France : Auvergne

near Charbonnières-les-Vieilles, Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne, France
Approx. altitude: 607 m (1991 ft)
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Antipode: 46°S 177°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS Reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: 13 Other Confluence Visitors #10: The nearby Village Charbonnière les vieilles

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  46°N 3°E (visit #4)  

#1: The Confluence from 35 m Distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

17-Aug-2014 -- This is the last out of 3 reports reaching confluence points in Central France. The story continues from 46°N 1°E. The previous report is 46°N 2°E.

After spending a chilly night under the stars near Auzances (40 km west of this confluence point), I continued cycling up and down the hills of the Auvergne. It was already noon time when I reached the village Charbonnières les Vieilles, which is located in a beeline distance of only 500 m to the confluence point. From there, a little asphalted road leads down to the confluence. Only for the last 40 m I had to abandon my bicycle and walk over a meadow to the exact location. I wasn’t the only confluence visitor, several cows had been there before me. They didn’t take much notice of me, since I wasn’t the first confluence visitor at this site.

The open meadow has one single tree in its centre. The confluence is at its lower part next to a fenced orchard.

Restaurants were not open on Sunday in Charbonnières. So I went 20 km further to Riom where I manage to get a great French lunch before afternoon closure. This was the present to me after intense and exhausting riding through the hills of Central France.

From Riom I took a train to Lyon, a TGV to Montbéliard and another TGV to Zurich, arriving home at 22:30 PM.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to the road: 40 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 40 m
  • Time to reach the CP from the road: 1 minute
  • Time at the CP: 12:00 noon
  • Measured height: 613 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 4 m
  • Topography: hilly, at an inclination
  • Vegetation: grass, nearby orchard and a single oak tree
  • Weather: sunny, 25° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Restaurant Less Confluence

The story finishes here.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 35 m Distance
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS Reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: 13 Other Confluence Visitors
#10: The nearby Village Charbonnière les vieilles
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